Nick Kepron is an 21 year-old musician, painter, composer, arranger, producer, educator and instrument builder living in the Washington DC area. Originally from New York City, Nick grew up in a musical household and sparked a passion for drums and percussion by age two. Soon, he was hooked and developed an interest in creative music, improvisation and composition.
When he attended his first music masterclass at age three, he had his first encounter with the great bassist Rufus Reid, who told the audience, while musicians were tuning up, that “the secret to ensemble playing is to…listen.”
In a split second, Nick jumped out of his seat and walked over to the front of the stage, in front of 300 attendees, and waited for Mr. Reid to locate the small voice informing him that “Mr. Rufus…forgot something.”
“Mr. Reid, you gotta feel it in your soul!”
Eighteen years later, this conversation, has, in many ways, become one of Nick’s overarching goals as a musician: to listen to others, to one’s self, to “feel it in your soul” and have others feel it too.
In 2018, Nick was one of two drummers nationwide to be selected to perform and tour with the inaugural NYO Jazz orchestra, under the direction of Sean Jones. NYO Jazz played their debut performance at Carnegie Hall, which featured Dianne Reeves and Wycliffe Gordon, and then embarked on a two week European tour with Dianne Reeves in August 2018.
In 2016, Nick had the honor of being selected to participate in the prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop in Vail, Colorado, where he studied with Lewis Nash, Terrell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, and John Clayton among many others.
Nick spent three years with the Creative Music Program at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, under the direction of Anthony Tidd, and has played numerous concerts with the CMP around the Philadelphia area.