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Accessory Percussion

Although varied, these smaller instruments are a vital part of the percussion section and have a variety of sounds and techniques.

Bell Tree

August 20, 2019 09:25 AM
Vertically arranged concentric bowl-shaped bells used as a sound effect. Read more here.

Brake Drum/Found Instruments

August 20, 2019 09:35 AM
Brake drums from car wheel assembly, or other found metal objects to create sounds as needed. Read more here.


August 20, 2019 09:40 AM
Wooden, clam-shaped hand-held idiophones used in Spanish-flavored music. Read more here.

Crystal Glasses

August 20, 2019 09:46 AM
Wind band literature often calls for crystal glasses with various pitches. Read more here.

Finger Cymbals

August 20, 2019 09:52 AM
Small bronze cymbals struck together to create a shimmering sound. Read more here.


August 20, 2019 02:19 PM
Traditionally known as a “noise maker”, this is a rotating set of wooden slats spun on a handle. Read more here.

Sandpaper Blocks

August 20, 2019 02:32 PM
Two pieces of wood with sandpaper, played by scraping the surfaces together. Read more here.


August 20, 2019 02:39 PM
A small, hollow, plastic or metal instrument with beads inside. Read more here.


August 20, 2019 02:48 PM
Two hinged pieces of wood struck together. Read more here.

Sleigh Bells

August 20, 2019 03:02 PM
A set of jingle or sleigh bells attached to a handle. Read more here.

Sound Effects

August 20, 2019 03:09 PM
Percussionists are often called upon to use a wide variety of instruments to create sound effects of all sorts. Read more here.


August 20, 2019 03:14 PM
A single-headed frame drum held in one hand and struck with the other. Read more here.

Temple Blocks

August 20, 2019 03:21 PM
Non-determinate pitched graduated blocks of wood struck with mallets or sticks: differentiated from wood blocks by a larger resonating cavity. Read more here.


August 20, 2019 03:26 PM
A suspended triangle-shaped instrument struck with a metal beater. Read more here.


August 20, 2019 03:31 PM
A noise-making rattle like instrument held in one hand and struck with the other. Read more here.


August 20, 2019 03:40 PM
A series of aerophones including but not limited to cuckoo, slide whistle, police whistle, train whistle, nightingale call, siren whistle, crank siren. Read more here.

Wind Chimes

August 20, 2019 03:49 PM
Suspended sets of metal dowels, shells, bamboo, or other resonant objects. Read more here.

Wood Blocks

August 20, 2019 03:59 PM
Non-determinate pitched blocks of wood struck with mallets or sticks. Read more here.