Monday, September 20, 2010

What is concert band percussion?

Percussion are musical instruments that need to be stuck, shaken or vibrated to produce a sound. To learn more about the different types of percussion instruments, click on the "Instruments" tab above.

Concert band percussion instruments are those that are commonly used in concert band music. These include the snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, drum kit, timpani, glockenspiel, xylophone, and auxiliary instruments such as the triangle, tambourine, wood block and cowbell.

To learn more about these instruments follow this link to be taken to "A Guide to Concert Band Percussion" - a website I designed last year. It has pictures, sound files and information about the most commonly used concert band percussion instruments.

Here is a YouTube video which shows a community concert band called NSYO (Northern Sydney Youth Orchestra - Wind Band) at a concert earlier this year. All the percussionists are my students and they will be performing this piece at the NSW State Championships at the end of September 2010.

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