Ralph Hepola Instructor, Music (Tuba and Trombone) Biography 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. He achieved a BME from Northwestern University. 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, as well as freelancing in New York City. He spent five years as Principal Tubaist in Switzerland's Basel Symphony Orchestra and was in The United States Army Band of Washington, D.C..