from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who plays percussion instruments.

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  • n. A trained musician who plays percussion instruments, as opposed to a drummer who lacks formal training.

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  • n. a musician who plays percussion instruments


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percussion +‎ -ist


  • Nance remembers one particular night when another percussionist was a little off the groove. stories

  • This is the first time in the history of the President's Honor Recital that a percussionist has been a featured performer.


  • Irving performed with a bassist, a bongo player and a "percussionist" who mostly just banged a couple of drumsticks together, but hey, who were we to kvetch?

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  • Tour: Rockapella rolls through Korea CONCERT Rockapella: This five-man group, which performs a cappella but with a vocal "percussionist," got its break at home in the U.S. from TV ads for coffee and the theme song to a popular TV show for kids.

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  • And then there was blissed-out, autistic Hambone, our "percussionist" who whacked things together, more-or-less on the beat.

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  • Young talents such as percussionist Calixto Oviedo, who backed all sorts of touring stars from James Brown to Sting, wanted to sign on.

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  • Others, such as percussionist Calixto Oviedo, have backed international stars from Featured Content

  • His new sextet reflects that credo; trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, pianist Osmany Paredes and percussionist Luisito Quintero have also played on Mr. Bona's recordings.

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  • His name was Hofesh Shechter, and he had trained as a dancer in Jerusalem and as a percussionist in Tel Aviv and Paris.

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  • Earlier in the week's celebration, percussionist Ricky Gordon brought onto the stage an enormous blue bell—an unusual part of the percussion kit if ever there was one.

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