One who plays the kettledrums and other percussion instruments in an orchestra.(noun)
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Use "timpanist" in a sentence
"So far, says principal timpanist John Evans, president of that association, relationships between musicians and management have been cordial."
"He marshaled all his force for the treacherous opening of the Beethoven Fifth, then let the Philharmonic show how really good it was: heroic strings, a young oboist from Alaska to die for, brass with tradition to uphold, a grand timpanist with velvet strokes, and all very much participating in the orchestra's unique self-ownership role."
"It arrived on Town Day and interrupted a parade where it took to mauling the timpanist of the marching band."