Category:            Percussion is its own category.

Ensemble/s:       Rookie Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band, Stage Band, Contemporary Program

Sound Production: Percussion instruments are struck, rubbed or shaken.

Interesting Facts:

  • Percussion instruments fall into one of two categories, idiophones and membranophones, and create sound by striking, shaking, rubbing, plucking, or scraping. Idiophones are instruments whose own substance vibrates to produce sound. Examples include bells, clappers, and rattles. Membranophones emit sound by the vibration of a stretched membrane. An example of a membranophone is the drums.
  • Percussion is the oldest group of instruments with over a hundred types with origins from all across the world. From the angklung, which originated in Indonesia to the zabumba, which is most notably from the country of Brazil.
  • The most common percussion instruments used in band or orchestras include the timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, tambourine, maracas, gongs and chimes.