The percussion section of the band keeps the beat, builds excitement, and adds color. A percussionist
does not just play drums; he/she plays bells, xylophone, timpani, cymbals, triangle, and many other instruments (all school owned). Each member of the percussion section must work to create the aural illusion of one giant percussion instrument. A marimba must be rented or purchased from a music company, as well as a Practice Pad, stands for both, sticks and mallets. Enrollment is limited, and we have a “lottery” system to decide who gets to play this instrument. Due to the unique nature of these instruments, students playing this instrument are required to take weekly private lessons.

Examples of Great Percussion Playing

Eastman Percussion Ensemble

Garrett Arney Plays Rain Dance

Snare Drum Etude

Snare Drum