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Jeremy Epp

LEO Lecturer of Winds and Percussion


Canadian timpanist Jeremy Epp holds the Richard and Mona Alonzo Chair as Principal Timpanist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. His 2014 appointment in Detroit was preceded by four seasons as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Timpanist, prior to which he held the same position with the Erie Philharmonic.

Jeremy has made appearances with several North American orchestras as Guest Principal Timpanist, notably the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others. He can be heard on several Detroit Symphony Orchestra recordings, including Copland’s Third Symphony and complete cycles of the symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Brahms, and on the Minnesota Orchestra’s recent recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.

During the summer, Jeremy’s engagements have included serving as Principal Timpanist of the Strings Music Festival Orchestra in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and as a performing faculty member for the Traveling Notes music program in Armenia and the Republic of Georgia.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jeremy studied extensively with Jauvon Gilliam while serving as a regular extra musician with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In the years leading up to his first orchestral appointment, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his teachers were Cleveland Orchestra principal musicians Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner. Jeremy has taken part in coachings and masterclasses with several other prominent timpanists, including David Herbert, Mark Yancich, and Dean Borghesani.

Jeremy has been active as an educator internationally and is a proud endorser of Remo drumheads and Freer Percussion products.

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