One of the sections of the orchestra
Led by a principal
percussionist, who is a usually a mallet
player or a tympanist
, but can also be expert in the membranophone
s. The Principal is the boss and gets the choice of instrument when the librarian
delivers the parts.
The Percussion Section consists of three to five (sometimes more) people and is supported on tour by a large truck
The Percussion Section often go drinking with the Brass
Section, and laugh at the Babycham
and String sections.
Everyone knows, in their heart of hearts, that the other sections exist merely to support the Percussion.
Percussionists tend to have strong wrists and biceps (from too many paradiddle
exercies, and lugging all that heavy artillery around).
Most percussionists join the section because, damnit, they want to be heard