Timpani

Instrument Family

Percussion

Reads

Treble and Bass Clef

Modern Instrument Invented

1200s

Fun Facts

  • The timpani is a form of drum.
  • A musician who plays the timpani is commonly called a timpanist.
  • Timpani in an orchestra typically uses 3-4 drums – all varying in size.

Famous Orchestral Works Featuring the Timpani

Williams’ Olympic Fanfare and Theme (Intro)

Watch Columbus Symphony Principal Timpanist Benjamin Ramirez introduce the timpani!

Hear Columbus Symphony Principal Timpanist Ben Ramirez play an orchestral excerpt!

Upcoming Columbus Symphony Concerts Featuring the Timpani

None at this time

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