The Percussion Room is a website for percussionists, timpanists and anyone curious about the instruments and inner workings of an orchestra's percussion section.

The key features of The Percussion Room are currently:

  • Assignments: A crucial part of organizing a percussion section, the Assignments page is where you can look up compositions and find out what instruments are needed, how many percussionists and timpanists are required – or not required – and get part assignments, which are instructions about who should play what.
  • Auditions: A collection of audition lists from orchestras around the world. These are the actual lists—the job requirements—from orchestras that have, or had job openings. If you want a job playing in an orchestra, this is the music you need to know.
  • Dictionary: A dictionary/translator of percussion instruments, percussion terms and phrases found in the repertoire and some general musical terminology.

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COVID-19 - Stay Safe!

2020-05-07: I have moved the list of musicians affected by COVID-19 to its own page, here.

Musicians Who Have Passed Away From COVID-19

  1. Alan Abel (percussion; timpani; teacher)
  2. S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (playback singer)
  3. Robert “Bootsie” Barnes (jazz saxophone)
  4. Hella Brock (teacher, musicologist)
  5. Harold Budd (pianist, composer)
  6. Sam Clayton Jr. (reggae producer and engineer)
  7. Nick Cordero (singer; broadway)
  8. Cristina (Cristina Monet-Palaci) (singer)
  9. Eddy Davis (banjo)
  10. John Davis (singer; one of the true voices of Milli Vanilli)
  11. Jerry Demara (singer-songwriter)
  12. Tommy DeVito (Four Seasons)
  13. Manu Dibango (Afro-funk sax)
  14. Joe Diffie (country artist)
  15. Dobby Dobson (Jamaican singer-songwriter)
  16. Martin Douglas (steel pan)
  17. Anne Feeney (folk singer)
  18. Ian Finkel (xylophone)
  19. Martinho Lutero Galati (composer)
  20. Santiago Lusardi Girelli (conductor, Goa University choir)
  21. Fred the Godson (Fred Thomas; rapper)
  22. Dave Greenfield (keyboards; The Stranglers)
  23. Henry Grimes (jazz bass)
  24. Eric Hall (promoter)
  25. James S. Harrison (music professor, Hunter College)
  26. Olle Holmquist (trombone)
  27. Mike Huckaby (dj; producer)
  28. Ahmed Ismail Hussein, aka Hudeidi/Hudeydi, "King of Oud" (traditional Somali musician)
  29. PJ, aka Paul Johnson (dj)
  30. Lee Konitz (jazz sax)
  31. Theodore Lambrinos (baritone)
  32. Vincent Lionti (viola (Met), conductor)
  33. Giuseppi Logan (jazz sax, winds)
  34. Mike Longo (piano; educator; MD for Dizzy Gillespie)
  35. Trini Lopez (sang "If I Had a Hammer")
  36. Aurlus Mabélé (Congolese vocalist)
  37. Bill Mack (country dj and songwriter)
  38. Cosmas Magaya (Zimbabwean mbira player)
  39. Sterling Magee, aka Mr. Satan (blues musician)
  40. Robert Mandell (conductor)
  41. Armando Manzanero (songwriter)
  42. Detto Mariano (composer, musician, producer)
  43. Ellis Marsalis Jr. (jazz pianist)
  44. Ron Mathewson (jazz bass)
  45. Tânio Mendonça (Brazilian carnaval samba composer)
  46. Alan Merrill ("I Love Rock 'N' Roll")
  47. Rajan Mishra (classical Indian vocalist)
  48. Elijah Moshinsky (opera director)
  49. Naomi Munakata (conductor)
  50. Dulce Nunes (Brazilian bossa nova singer)
  51. Paul Oscher (blues musician)
  52. Jacques Pellen (jazz guitar)
  53. Marcelo Peralta (jazz sax)
  54. John "Bucky" Pizzarelli (jazz guitar)
  55. Caroline Polachek (singer-songwriter)
  56. Charlie Pride (singer, guitarist)
  57. John Prine (singer-songwriter)
  58. William (Bill) Pursell (composer, pianist)
  59. Elias Rahbani (Lebanese composer)
  60. Joel Revzen (staff conductor, The Met)
  61. Wallace Roney (jazz trumpet)
  62. Bassam Saba (proponent of Arabic music)
  63. Arlene Saunders (soprano)
  64. Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne)
  65. Matthew Seligman (bass; The Soft Boys; Bowie)
  66. Lynn Kellog Simpers (actor, singer, original cast of "Hair")
  67. Dmitri Smirnov (composer)
  68. Troy Sneed (gospel singer; producer)
  69. Oliver Stokes Jr., aka DJ Black N Mild (dj)
  70. Peter Svensson (heldentenor)
  71. Ty (Ben Chijioke; rapper)
  72. Alexander Vedernikov (conductor, Bolshoi Theatre, Odense SO, Royal Danish Opera)
  73. Graham Vick (opera director; artistic director of the Birmingham Opera Company)
  74. Victor Victor (Dominican Republic)
  75. Dragan Vučić (composer, singer)
  76. Alexander Vustin (composer)
  77. Bruce Williamson (Temptations)
  78. Hal Willner (producer; SNL music supervisor)
  79. Helen Jones Woods (trombone)

Musicians Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

  1. Lauren Alaina (American Idol alumnus)
  2. Ashanti (singer-songwriter)
  3. J Balvin (Colombian singer)
  4. Sara Bareilles (singer)
  5. Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)
  6. Chuck Billy (Testament)
  7. Andrea Bocelli (opera singer)
  8. Denis Brott (cello)
  9. Jackson Browne (singer-songwriter)
  10. David Bryan (Bon Jovi)
  11. Luke Bryan (singer-songwriter; American Idol judge)
  12. Anna Camp (singer)
  13. Larry Campbell (guitar; Bob Dylan; Levon Helm)
  14. Doja Cat (singer)
  15. Chesca (singer)
  16. Christopher Cross (singer-songwriter)
  17. Steve DiGiorgio (Testament)
  18. Placido Domingo (opera singer)
  19. Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (singer and producer)
  20. Idris Elba (dj)
  21. Wreckless Eric (singer-songwriter)
  22. Gloria Estefan (singer-songwriter)
  23. Marianne Faithfull (singer)
  24. Karol G (Colombian singer-songwriter)
  25. Alan Gilbert (conductor, Elbphilharmonie; former music director of the New York Philharmonic)
  26. Brandon Hoover (Crown the Empire)
  27. DJ Jazzy Jeff (dj)
  28. Brad "Scarface" Jordan (rapper)
  29. Harry Judd (McFly drummer)
  30. Maynard James Keenan (Tool singer)
  31. Damian Kulash (OK Go)
  32. Charlotte Lawrence (singer-songwriter)
  33. Maggie Lindemann (singer-songwriter)
  34. Madonna
  35. Brian Stokes Mitchell (baritone; broadway)
  36. Ted Nugent (:p)
  37. Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) (probable)
  38. Pink (singer-songwriter)
  39. Ben Platt (Broadway star)
  40. Thelma Plum (singer)
  41. Deidra Roper (aka: DJ Spinderella)
  42. Prince Royce (singer-songwriter)
  43. Kalie Shorr (country singer)
  44. Jessica Simpson (singer)
  45. Sturgill Simpson (singer-songwriter)
  46. Chris Sligh (American Idol finalist)
  47. Sam Smith (singer-songwriter)
  48. Trey Songz (singer-songwriter)
  49. Bernard Sumner (New Order)
  50. John Taylor (Duran Duran)
  51. Slim Thug (rapper)
  52. Aaron Tveit (broadway)
  53. Juan Pablo Villamil (Morat)
  54. Andrew Watt (producer, Ozzy, Cardi B)
  55. Jennifer Wayne (Runaway June)
  56. Kanye West (rapper)
  57. Trisha Yearwood (singer)
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