percussion instrument


Definition of percussion instrument

: a musical instrument (such as a drum, xylophone, or maraca) sounded by striking, shaking, or scraping

Examples of percussion instrument in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The marimba, a large wooden percussion instrument similar to the xylophone, has gained popularity in recent years, Kwan said. Juhi Varma, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land native wins grand prize in Philadelphia music competition," 5 Oct. 2020 The dancers were accompanied by a 40-piece gamelan orchestra in which players used mallets to produce rapid, rhythmic and hypnotic music on banks of percussion instruments. Seth Mydans, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Ni Gusti Ayu Raka Rasmi, Balinese Dancer," 13 Mar. 2020 Lab strength Yesterday, responding to Modi’s call to express gratitude to emergency workers, millions of Indians clapped, banged, and played percussion instruments at 5 pm. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A spike in Covid-19 cases melts the markets as India battles equipment shortage," 22 Mar. 2020 Recommended Stories The President pulls out all the bells, whistles, and other percussion instruments for his annual address. Barry Blitt, The New Yorker, "Nancy Pelosi, Shredding It," 4 Feb. 2020 Participants are encouraged to bring drums, percussion instruments or other objects to create rhythmic sounds. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: ChocoLoco 5K/10K, Charity Cat Show," 9 Jan. 2020 The wireless portability of the string and percussion instruments aids in the impression of the music pouring out of the bodies of these performers, and Parson’s choreography gives urgent three-dimensionality to the lines on Byrne’s pages. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "David Byrne brings his entertaining brain to Broadway in ‘American Utopia,’ and it’s totally dope," 21 Oct. 2019 While on a 1962 world tour with Sinatra to raise money for children's charities, Richards began collecting percussion instruments from faraway places like Switzerland, Egypt, Thailand and India. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emil Richards, Legendary Percussionist and L.A. Session Player, Dies at 87," 17 Dec. 2019 On another evening, Hannah, the center's director, gathered the youths in a circle of folding chairs, an array of percussion instruments spread before them. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Homeless but full of hope: One Louisville youth's 'fight to be connected'," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of percussion instrument

1872, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2020

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“Percussion instrument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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