per·​cus·​sion·​ist pər-ˈkə-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce percussionist (audio)
: one skilled in the playing of percussion instruments

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Marta Salogni, who suggested a drummer/percussionist called Valentina Magaletti. Ryan Reed, SPIN, 6 Jan. 2023 Two of the students were tuba players, the other was a percussionist, Southern University's Director of Bands Kedric Taylor said. CBS News, 8 Dec. 2022 Kedric Tayor, director of bands at the university, said two of the students played the tuba and the other was a percussionist, according to WAFB. Tanasia Kenney The Charlotte Observer (tns), al, 8 Dec. 2022 He was raised by musicians: the drummer, Ronald Bruner, played for the likes of The Temptations and The Supremes, while his mother, Pam, a flutist and percussionist. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2022 His dad was a percussionist for salsa bands on the island, and his mom came from a family of musicians. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2022 Musicians are trombonist-leader Papo Vázquez, percussionist-vocalist Jose Mangual, saxophonist Ivan Renta, pianist Gabriel Chakarji, bassist Ariel Robless, drummer Alvester Garnett and percussionists Carlos Maldonado and Reinaldo DeJesus. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 1 Dec. 2022 Doug Harris directs the Clark College Jazz Band in its fall concert offering pieces with a Cuban flare written by guest composer and percussionist Michele Fernandez. oregonlive, 16 Nov. 2022 Activities will continue into the night with a live show from 9-11 p.m., by Detroit drummer and percussionist Aisha Ellis. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 12 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of percussionist was in 1938

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“Percussionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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per·​cus·​sion·​ist pər-ˈkəsh-(ə-)nəst How to pronounce percussionist (audio)
: a person who plays percussion instruments

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