tim·​pa·​nist ˈtim-pə-nist How to pronounce timpanist (audio)
variants or less commonly tympanist
: a person who plays the timpani

Examples of timpanist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the wordless chorus was left out, eight percussionists (plus timpanist) were there for the grand conclusion. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 An exciting percussion interlude served to showcase timpanist Thomas Maloy and percussionists Curt Duer, Bill Richards and Donnie Johns. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 Matt’s style of bass is a very consistent thing on every song the band’s ever written, and that helped to shape Cursive into a six-piece band with a timpanist and a cellist. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 4 Mar. 2023 National Symphony Orchestra principal second violinist Marissa Regni and NSO assistant principal timpanist/percussionist Scott Christian perform a show geared toward kids in the Family Theater. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2023 Former Clevelander and musical globe-trotter Alan Gilbert gets the new year off to a brilliant start with a second new concerto by James Oliverio for Cleveland timpanist Paul Yancich and two contrasting symphonies by Haydn and Nielsen. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2022 Then there’s the case of the principal timpanist in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Nathan McGrath, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 Percussion pieces, curated and led by L.A. Phil principal timpanist Joseph Pereira, dominated. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2022 From 1969 to 1972, Kraft served as the orchestra’s assistant conductor as well as its principal timpanist. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of timpanist was in 1906

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“Timpanist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timpanist. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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