Percussion is a family of instruments that is sounded by being struck or scraped by a beater. The percussion section of an orchestra most commonly contains instruments such as timpani, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, triangle and tambourine, glockenspiel, tubular bells (chimes), marimba, and xylophone.
Percussion instruments are most commonly divided into two classes: Pitched percussion instruments, which produce notes with an identifiable pitch, and unpitched percussion instruments, which produce notes or sounds without an identifiable pitch.
A person who plays a percussion instrument is called a percussionist.
As portrayed in Hibike! EuphoniumThere are six students that play percussion instruments in Kitauji's Concert Band, including:
- Narai Tanabe- Principal Percussion, Percussion Section Leader
- Masako Sakai
- Saki Kayama
- Miyoko Ohno
- Jyunna Inoue
- Tsubame Kamaya
In addition, the section's percussion instructor, Masahiro Hashimoto, majored in percussion performance in college.
- The percussion family is believed to include the oldest musical instruments, following the human voice.
- Percussionists are required to play multiple instruments in the orchestra or band, unlike other players who are limited to one instrument each. Being a percussionist is a highly respected job and is in charge of providing guidance and timing to the rest of the orchestra. Hence, without percussion, the orchestra is unable to function well.
- Percussionists are also stereotyped to be people who are too stupid to play a real instrument. There is a saying that goes, "What do you call someone who hangs out with musicians? A percussionist."