a musician who plays percussion instruments.

1810–20; percussion + -ist Unabridged
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percussionist (pəˈkʌʃənɪst)
music a person who plays any of several percussion instruments, esp in an orchestra

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Example sentences
He was a percussionist, working first in theatre, and it showed.
Every so often a percussionist from the band would stand by her and follow her motions with a gourd or a drum.
The claimant's business depended on his particular talents as a percussionist rather than a personnel pool or equipment inventory.
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