per·​cus·​sion·​ist | \ pər-ˈkə-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce percussionist (audio) \

Definition of percussionist

: one skilled in the playing of percussion instruments

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Recent Examples on the Web New York percussionist/bassist/electric guitarist/keyboardist Shahzad Ismaily was joined by two L.A. improvisers: Joce on flutes and tenor sax, and De Santa De Maria on vocals, alto sax and acoustic guitar. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Aug. 2021 Ralph Irizarry’s virtuosic timbale playing placed him in the tradition of masters such as Tito Puente, said Bobby Sanabria, a percussionist and educator who occasionally performed with Mr. Irizarry., 18 Sep. 2021 Thomas was the alto sax player, flutist and percussionist. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021 Thomas was the alto sax player, flutist and percussionist. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2021 Thomas was the alto sax player, flutist and percussionist., 7 Aug. 2021 David was a percussionist in the Westside High School marching band and was looking forward to being the section leader in the fall, during what would have been his senior year, his father said. Amir Vera, Carma Hassan And Keith Allen, CNN, 8 July 2021 In addition to playing the alto sax, Mr. Thomas was a flutist and percussionist for Kool & the Gang, which was formed in Jersey City in 1964 as a jazz combo called the Jazziacs. Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2021 Now and then, percussionist Drew Lang added a zestful spice to the orchestra’s sound with a shaking tambourine or tinkling triangle. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 13 June 2021

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First Known Use of percussionist

1938, in the meaning defined above

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8 Oct 2021

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“Percussionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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: a person who plays a percussion instrument

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