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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The son of a Cuban percussionist, guitarist/composer Benji Kaplan has spent years immersing himself in an array of Brazilian musical traditions. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Don’t miss Benji & Rita as Brazilian wave hits Bay Area," 27 Aug. 2019 Simes is the composer, producer and musical director of the Who, and has performed with the rock ’n’ roll group on tour as a keyboardist, percussionist and backup vocalist, among other roles. Los Angeles Times, "Musician Frank Simes lists charming Sierra Madre home for sale," 16 Aug. 2019 The music felt so muscular, propelled by two percussionists as well as a drummer, as the group delivered a decidedly 21st-century brand of metal that benefited from elements of electronic/DJ music. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Review: Slipknot rules on opening night of Knotfest Roadshow tour," 27 July 2019 Popular Christian doo-wopper/percussionist Walter Santos is coming to perform in Rockville on Aug. 2, as part of the Jacob’s Well Coffeehouse series. Steve Smith,, "Doo-Wop Singer Coming To Rockville," 18 July 2019 His key foils in the new band became percussionist and dancer Dudu Zulu and singers Mandisa Dlanga, who remained with him through the end of his performing career, and Solly Letwaba. Los Angeles Times, "Johnny Clegg, South African artist who fought apartheid with music, dies," 16 July 2019 Incidental music performed by the esteemed local composer, percussionist and educator Jeff McQuillan (of the world music band Mikata) channels a hummable theme tune through a keyboard and kazoo. Christopher Arnott,, "A funny, slapstick ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ from Capital Classics," 15 July 2019 The musicians were determined to continue the summer tradition, said Brian Prechtl, a percussionist and co-chair of the BSO Players’ Committee. Alison Knezevich,, "Baltimore County to host free July concert featuring BSO musicians," 13 June 2019 Since their debut in 2010, Fitz and co-lead singer/percussionist Noelle Scaggs have been known for blending classic soul sounds and rhythms with modern pop. Trevor Fraser,, "Fitz & the Tantrums strive for positivity in new tour heading for Orlando Amphitheater," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of percussionist

1938, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of percussionist

: a person who plays a percussion instrument

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