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Ralph Hepola

Ralph Hepola was born into a Scandinavian-American family in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States where his early eclectic musical interests led to piano study before starting on the tuba at age twelve. At seventeen, he was chosen to play before the British Royal Family in the Manitoba All-Province Band at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. While still in high school, Ralph began performing as an extra musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, which later included recordings, and tours to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. While still a teenager, Ralph won a position with The United States Army Band of Washington, D.C

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Viennese Waltzes and Polkas

Label: Erato MCE 71459 & STU 71459
Released: 1981

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Wagner - Ouvertures

Label: Erato MCE 75066 & NUM 75066
Released: 1982

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The Witness Collection - The Soul of American Music

Label: Clarion CLR9044CD
Released: 2004

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John Cage - One11 with 103

Label: Mode 174
Released: 2006

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Brahms - A German Requiem

Label: Exultate EX-71
Released: 2000

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STRAVINSKY the rite of spring – le sacre du printemps

Label: Reference Recordings Reference Mastercuts LP RM-1515
Released: 2016

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News: Career

Ralph Hepola’s Tuba Carves Out A Place For The Much-Maligned Horn In Modern Jazz

Ralph Hepola’s Tuba Carves Out A Place For The Much-Maligned Horn In Modern Jazz

Ralph Hepola’s Tuba carves out a place for the much-maligned horn in modern jazz. The virtuoso tuba player leads his quartet through a set of his freewheeling originals, playing with remarkable fluency as the lead instrument. While the tuba has often been stereotyped as a limited instrument that keeps time in marching bands, Dixieland and polka ...

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News: Recording

Veteran tuba master Ralph Hepola creates a dynamic, supremely soulful new lead voice for the idiom on his eclectic debut album 'Tuba'

Veteran tuba master Ralph Hepola creates a dynamic, supremely soulful new lead voice for the idiom on his eclectic debut album 'Tuba'

Invented in both its bass and tenor forms in the 1830s by instrument builders Wilhelm Friedrich Wieprecht, Johann Gottfried Moritz and Johann’s son Carl Wilhelm Moritz, the tuba played a prominent role over the next century in the works of Strauss, Stravinsky, Wagner, Prokofiev, Brahms, Gershwin and others. Having played for several years with the Basel ...

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News: Music Industry

Ralph Hepola Makes A Strong Case For The Tuba As A Lead Instrument In Jazz

Ralph Hepola Makes A Strong Case For The Tuba As A Lead Instrument In Jazz

The tuba, like the banjo and the accordion, has sometimes had an image problem during the past century. While it has had an important role in classical music and early jny: New Orleans jazz, the tuba has often been associated with Dixieland, amateur bands, and comedy. There have been exceptions such as its use in the ...


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