Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 107 - Jason Haaheim

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Timpanist Jason Haaheim stops by to talk about getting the Met Orchestra job (02:15), representation in orchestras (14:30), getting the call and managing the insane rehearsal and performance schedule (19:40), his 10-year career as an engineer prior to the Met job (39:40), growing up near Minneapolis/St. Paul and developing a love for your work (54:50), the similarities and differences in the challenges for orchestras and those who work in the tech and science field (01:18:00), and deals with the Random Ass Questions (01:30:35).

Finishing with a rave on Killers of the Flower Moon (01:44:10).


Jason Haaheim’s homepage

Jason Haaheim at the Met Opera

Jason Haaheim’s Pearl Drums page

Jason Haaheim’s NPR profile

Parker Lee

Verdi’s Otello

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Aaron McDonald

The Met Opera in HD

Problems in Rossini timpani parts


Dip-pen Nanolithography

Michael Jordan

Maria Finkelmeier

Silicon Valley


The Onion

“Thriller”, “Beat It” , “Smooth Criminal” - Michael Jackson

Citizen Kane trailer

Elvish languages

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan soundtrack

Human Ashes spread at Met Opera

“The Good Friday Music” - Wagner’s Parsifal


Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann