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Timothy Jepson, Principal Timpani

Timothy Jepson became principal timpanist of the Kansas City Symphony in August 1983. Jepson is a native of rural western Iowa and began his career as a professional timpanist at age 18. He graduated with honors from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and studied timpani with Salvatore Rabbio, retired timpanist of the Detroit Symphony. Jepson has played percussion with the Kansas City Brass as well as timpani and percussion with the Sunflower and Western Slope music festivals. He has been an active clinician, adjudicator and marching percussion specialist and served on the faculty of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is an artist with the Sabian Cymbal Company. Jepson served for many years as a volunteer and elected representative for his colleagues in the Kansas City Symphony. He also represented his fellow musicians as their delegate to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) and served as an executive board member with the Kansas City Federation of Musicians, Local 34-627. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two sons, Christian and Matthew.

Ten questions about me:

What is your earliest musical memory?

Singing with my family in church and community choirs.

How did you choose your instrument?

It chose me. I wanted to play trombone when I was in the fifth grade choosing an instrument to play in the band. I was encouraged to try a drum we had at home that had belonged to my brother. The rest is history.

When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?

I began to get encouragement from several mentors when I began playing professionally in an orchestra at the age of 18.

Other than your Kansas City Symphony concerts, where else can audiences catch you performing in town?

I perform as percussionist with the Kansas City Brass.

What is the best part about being a musician in the Kansas City Symphony?

The friendships and "family" that develop working so closely with such talented people.

Tell us about your family and your hobbies.

I am married to Deann Jepson, a workforce development specialist with the Addictions Technology Transfer Center's National Office. I have two sons, Christian, 12, and Matthew, 9. When time allows, I enjoy Do It Yourself projects around the home and hanging out with my sons.

What quality do you most admire in others?


Who would play you in a movie?

Paul Giamatti

What is your Kansas City Barbecue "joint" of choice?

Lil' Jake's Boulevard Barbeque