Percussionists are unique members of the band for several reasons. First of all, percussion instruments are the only instruments in the band that you hit. Also, percussionists learn more instruments than anyone else in the band. While your friends will concentrate on learning only one instrument, you’ll be responsible for understanding several instruments before the year is over. Percussion is one of the oldest families of instruments, dating back to prehistoric times. Percussion is also one of the most diverse instrument families, including hundreds of instruments used in a wide variety of cultures and musical styles. Eventually, students will branch out to even more instruments like cymbals, bass drum, triangle, hand drums, xylophone, and drum set. This begins by learning how to play on the bells and practice pad, as pictured here.