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

Examples of percussionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leaman is an in-demand pianist, percussionist and instructor. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina’s Jazz Under the Stars concert series moves to cyberspace," 6 May 2020 The result is a pitch perfect musical collaboration, complete with a pianist, a percussionist, and the choir director leading it all from the corner of the video. Melissa Locker, Time, "Healthcare Workers Lift Their Voices in Song With a Tribute to Colleagues Battling COVID-19," 14 Apr. 2020 And Jason, a percussionist, has made a name for himself with his own band and as an accompanist. Author: Janet Mcconnaughey, Rebecca Santana, Anchorage Daily News, "New Orleans jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead of COVID-related illness," 2 Apr. 2020 Pianist Brett Carson and flutist Nicole Mitchell provided most of the drone as the rest of the action in the piece came from Moye, Kouaté, and their fellow percussionists Enoch Williamson and Babu Atiba. Michael J. West, Washington Post, "The Art Ensemble of Chicago’s Kennedy Center concert was both liberated and liberating," 15 Dec. 2019 Almost no organization, acknowledged percussionist Niel DePonte, is positioned to cleanly navigate the economic straits imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. oregonlive, "Oregon Symphony lays off orchestra, conductors and staff amid coronavirus crisis," 20 Mar. 2020 The all-female band will be lead by musical director Aisha Ellis, who is also a drummer, percussionist, song-writer, dancer, choreographer and instructor. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit event empowers women, girls through hip hop," 4 Mar. 2020 Elsewhere, trombone player and longtime Washington collaborator Ryan Porter pushes through nuanced solos that weave through percussive measures — courtesy of two drummers and two other percussionists — before easing back into the fabric. Randall Robertsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "California Sounds: L.A.'s Kamasi Washington goes ‘Live at the Apollo’," 14 Feb. 2020 The current lineup includes vocal percussionist Jeff Thacher (a member since 1993), tenor Calvin Jones (2013), bass Bryant Vance (2016), and tenor Jose Rosario (2019). Myrna Petlicki,, "Rockapella brings eclectic mix of music to Dominican concert," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of percussionist

1938, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2020

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“Percussionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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: a person who plays a percussion instrument

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