percussion instrument

noun

Definition of percussion instrument

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

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In one gallery of the main Renzo Piano–designed building stands a 9-foot-tall wooden Oceanic percussion instrument, carved over a hundred years ago. Lesley M.m. Blume, WSJ, "Houston’s Menil Collection Will Open a New Drawing Institute In November," 10 Oct. 2018 Indian tabla has been my percussion instrument of choice for the last decade. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "Art ‘eats at me all day long’," 29 June 2018 Brass and percussion instruments meet nonprocessed field recordings, the latter captured by four local members of the Seattle Phonographers Union, a collection of enthusiasts exploring the mysteries of human relationships to sound. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "Wild sounds: Jazz improv and field recordings mix for ‘End of Summer Sound Vespers’," 21 Aug. 2018 Out of the conch shell, into the frying pan An unusually skilled conductor and conceptualist, Schick is also a masterful musician on seemingly any percussion instrument. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'It's About Time' for ear-bending, eye-popping, borders-leaping music festival," 10 Jan. 2018 All Ages Drum Circle: Monday, July 30, from 7 to 8 p.m. Musician Conga J will preside over a drum circle with hand drums such as a djembe and other percussion instruments. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 10 July 2018 The Rotary Music Garden is an outdoor display of nine percussion instruments that invites the public to play and enjoy the music. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 19 June 2018 It's often performed by chorus with Caribbean percussion instruments and dancing. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Soprano to sing Mozart, Caribbean folk tunes at Ravinia," 13 Mar. 2018 The Rotary Music Garden is an outdoor display of nine percussion instruments that invites the public to play and enjoy the music. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of percussion instrument

1872, in the meaning defined above

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