Information About Percussion Instruments

The percussion family includes drums, of course, but that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg -- there are many related instruments which are important to a concert band or orchestra. (Technically the piano is a percussion instrument, since its sound is produced by hammers striking the strings, but concert band arrangements rarely include piano parts.)

The most common form of percussion in a concert band is the familiar drum set, but a well-equipped group will also have tympani, stand-alone bass and snare drums, crash cymbals, and one or more mallet percussion instruments (for example, glockenspiel, marimba, xylophone or bells), not to mention specialty items such as tambourine, whip, triangle, maracas, etc... Composer Leroy Anderson has even written parts for typewriter and alarm clock. :-)

Here's a collection of pointers to various places in the Web that discuss these instruments:


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