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

Definition of percussionist 

: one skilled in the playing of percussion instruments

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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 The ensemble — a pianist, cellist, singer and percussionist — began to play. Robert Mccoppin,, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 The brilliant performers — Carter Brey, cellist; Steven Beck, pianist; and Daniel Druckman, percussionist — produced all manner of haunting effects: dry scrapes, ominous rumbles, jarring crashes. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: The Philharmonic Focuses on Female Composers," 11 Jan. 2018 She will be accompanied by guitarist Luis Miguel Manzano, percussionist Julio el Indio and dancer Rober el Moreno, and, of course, her own piano playing. Helena Alonso Paisley, miamiherald, "Singer-pianist María Toledo brings unique talents to FlamenGO series | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 For tonight’s performance Marcus Gilmore, the spectacular percussionist in Iyer’s working trio, subs for Sorey. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This Older and Wider at Second City E.T.C. and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend," 11 May 2018 Baird will play in the duo Body Love with percussionist Michael Zerang, who's made a couple fascinating albums with Spires in the past few years. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Taralie Peterson of Spires That in the Sunset Rise and Chicago noise veteran Andy Ortmann celebrate new albums," 30 May 2018 The percussionist Fiona Digney, pummelling a conspicuously coffin-like apparatus, made a sound to wake the dead. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 The music tested the technique of even an expert percussionist, containing difficult-to-negotiate vibraphone runs, a lengthy solo for chimes, and stretches whose instrumentation was left to the performer’s imagination. David Weininger,, "Category-defying music, left-wing stance in composer’s provocative piece," 6 June 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who plays a percussion instrument

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