Timpani Through Time

Timpani are a set of pitched drums, each with a single head stretched over a copper or fiberglass bowl.

  • View our historical collection of timpani from the early 19th century to the present day.
  • Listen as Rebecca Kite and Barbara Allen share stories about making timpani in the 1980s.
  • Observe how developments in technology allowed timpani to be used as a solo instrument. 
  • Discover how timpani are used in an orchestra, like how their large size provides bass notes from the percussion section.
  • Learn how to play different pitches from one drum.

Rhythm! Discovery Center
127 E. Michigan St., Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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