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Often when we speak about musical instruments, we refer to them as a part of a particular family. This is similar to the human families where different instruments are related to each other in respect to their resemblance in appearance, music produced and materials used in the manufacturing. Similarly, the percussion family is believed to be the largest in the instruments of the orchestra.

Being a percussionist is not an easy task because he needs to have the knowledge and the skill to hit the instrument at the right timing and the right place. He/she is someone who has the potential of playing varied instruments in a single piece of music. It will definitely take a lot of practice and years of dedication to master the art.

Some of the popular percussion instruments used in the orchestra include tambourine, celesta, piano, maracas, timpani, bass drum, snare drum, xylophone, chimes, cymbals and gongs.