Percussion Instruments are popular worldwide, and used in a variety of ways. They are very common in the most diverse range of traditional music from around the world (such as Salsa, Samba, and most Latin American and African music) or used to add a different touch to modern pop and rock songs (like in The Rolling Stones' 'Sympathy For The Devil'.)

This type of instrument is also used in the musical education of school children. At the PMT Online Drums & Percussion shop you'll find a huge selection for sale, including traditional African instruments such as the Djembe, to Xylophones, BongosCongas and Tambourines.


At PMT we take percussion seriously, and we stock all the leading brands such as Meinl, Latin Percussion, Remo and others. Whether it's a tambourine for a lead vocalist, or a Cajon to flesh out an acoustic set, check out PMT's percussion instruments range online, or visit one of our PMT House of Drums drum shops around the UK, where you can try the instruments before buying, and chat to our experts.


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  • What are the 2 types of percussion instruments?

    Percussion instruments are most commonly divided into two classes: pitched percussion instruments, which produce notes with an identifiable pitch, and unpitched percussion instruments, which produce notes or sounds in an indefinite pitch.
  • What is the role of percussion?

    Percussion instruments keep the rhythm of songs and ensure it blends all the other instruments together, creating one cohesive sound. Whilst not essential, music can be enhanced with percussive beats and melodies to be made whole.
  • What are percussion instruments?

    nlike most of the other players in the orchestra, a percussionist will usually play many different instruments in one piece of music. The most common percussion instruments in the orchestra include the timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, snare drum etc