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  • Professor Ralph Hepola

    Ralph Hepola, Tuba and Trombone



    Ralph Hepola performs professionally on low brass instruments including tuba and bass trombone. He leads two outstanding groups: Route 3 and HepTones. Ralph Hepola is currently Principal Tubaist with Minnesota Opera at the Ordway - Minnesota’s Premiere Performing Arts Center.

    Ralph has performed seventy different operas in ninety-five opera productions in the United States and Europe. He is heard on thirty-seven professional recordings including the major labels EMI and Warner Bros., as well as seventeen video productions. Ralph has performed for national tours of Broadway shows at the major Minneapolis and Saint Paul theaters.

    Additional Experience

    * Freelancing in New York City
    * Five years as Principal Tubaist in Switzerland’s Basel Symphony Orchestra
    * Northwestern University, BME
    * The United States Army Band of Washington, D.C.