Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States, Ralph Hepola studied piano 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, Manitoba in 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. At age twenty, he won a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music in the Young Artist Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra/WAMSO.
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People are still talking about the show you did and how great it was. Evansville is
still talking about Route 3. If they aren't praising the show you guys, did, they're
bemoaning the fact that they missed it!'
- Karen Howell, President, Evansville Arts Coalition
Ralph Hepola and Route 3 performed On the Sunny Side of the Street: Uplifting
Songs from the 1930s to a sold out house in the Bloomington Center for the Arts
Black Box Theater. The musicians were great and the audience loved it!
- Jim Urie, Center for the Arts Manager
You were terrific, we've had such a great response to your night…You brought in a
great crowd and the reviews have been outstanding.
- Sue Franchere, New Richmond Heritage Center, Wisconsin
The Independence Day concert was a huge success
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Ralph Hepola also serves as a teaching artist and clinician. He provides highly-
informative educational presentations, which are suitable for any age level:
• Which Instrument Do You Want to Play?
• How to Compose Your Own Music
• Improvisation in Jazz, Rock and the Blues
• How Do You Play a Brass Instrument?
• A Very Special Instrument: the Tuba!
Ralph also mentors music students in clinics, workshops, rehearsals and a final
All children deserve access to arts-related, educational experiences of the highest