per·​cus·​sion·​ist | \ pər-ˈkə-sh(ə-)nist \

Definition of percussionist

: one skilled in the playing of percussion instruments

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Across the room, the merry band of children was getting ready for their big debut: as ragtag percussionists accompanying the runway show. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These Marbleized Lips at Eckhaus Latta Are About to Become an Art-Punk Beauty Obsession," 8 Sep. 2018 Tobin veils the haunting melody in smoky orchestral texture fronted by a jazz quartet of vocalist (Davis), trumpeter (Evans), bassist Kyle Motl and percussionist/drummer Kjell Nordeson. Marcus Overton,, "La Jolla Symphony & Chorus close season with trademark eclecticism," 10 June 2018 So when someone writes a strong new piece, percussionists are liable to talk. Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader, "Do This / Music Percussionist Bill Solomon celebrates a new CD with an hour of bells and bowed bronze," 23 May 2018 Among his colleagues in Mr. Davis’s band was the percussionist James Mtume. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Reggie Lucas, Versatile Guitarist and Producer, Dies at 65," 20 May 2018 For Bokanté, billed as a world-music supergroup, League and Tirolien tapped three guitarists (Chris McQueen, Bob Lanzetti and Roosevelt Collier) and three percussionists (Jamey Haddad, Keita Ogawa and André Ferrari). Michael Hamad,, "Gig Line: Four Under-The-Radar Concerts To Consider," 9 May 2018 On the dance tip with a futuristic vibe, Cuban DJ Jigue and percussionist El Menor found the sweet spot between Afrocuban rhythm, avant-garde atmospherics and hip-hop. Greg Kot,, "SXSW goes global: Trupa Trupa's post-punk to Gato Preto's dance party in Austin," 17 Mar. 2018 There is a spellbinding Berber dance originally from the Sahara called the guedra, performed by a kneeling woman who internalizes the insistent rhythm of the percussionist throughout her body. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 The ensemble — a pianist, cellist, singer and percussionist — began to play. Robert Mccoppin,, "Music Can Call Back Loved Ones Lost In Alzheimer's Darkness," 22 June 2018

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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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