Nick Kepron is an 21 year-old musician, visual artist, composer and bandleader living in the Los Angeles 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!”
Seventeen 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.
Over the past eight years, Nick has been grateful to have studied with many teachers and clinicians including Mike Mitchell, Yoni Madar, Lewis Nash, Joe LaBarbera, Obed Calvaire, Daniel Glass, Sherrie Maricle, Zoro, Dennis Chambers, Giovanni Hidalgo, Raul Rekow, Horacio "El Negro" Hernadez, Flo Mounier, and many more.
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, Jeff Hamilton, Dick Oatts, and John Clayton among many others.
Nick is the recipient of the 2015 and 2016 Stanley Kay Scholarship for drums, and had the great fortune of studying under the direction of Sherrie Maricle in the "Select Jazz Ensemble" at the New York Summer Music Festival in 2014 and 2015.
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 at the Kimmel Center, Chris’s Jazz Cafe, South Jazz Club, Center City Jazz Festival, Brad Schoener Music Festival, and “Sittin’ In” at the Innovation Studio at Kimmel Center.
Over the past seven years, Nick has been drummer, co-leader and arranger of MPAC, a fusion band from the Philadelphia area. He is also currently working on several musical projects of his own.
Aside from music, Nick's other passions include painting, yoga, music education and spending time with great people.