Team Percussion

What’s not to like about the Percussion section because it contains almost anything you can imagine. Drums? Check. Gong? Check. Piano? Che…wait, what? Yes, piano, marimba and celesta (baby piano) are all in the percussion section along with drums, timpani and castanets because, even though they play melodic notes, their sound is made through percussing. If you like variety, join Team Percussion!

Join Team Percussion

Support your favorite orchestra section and get your ticket to see each section’s final performance! Buy your ticket to our June 25 live online event now, and give your team an extra boost with a sponsorship to help New West Symphony continue to enrich and educate with symphonic music!

Below are video excerpts that showcase instruments in this section.
  1. Steve Reich – Mallet Quartet
  2. Carlos Seixas – Toccata in G Minor
  3. Carlos Chávez – Sinfonia No.2, “Sinfonía India”
  4. Bernstein, arr. Sean Chen – Candide Overture

Fun Facts

Anything that you hit, tap, press, beat, swipe or swoosh, belongs in the Percussion family.  

  • Timpani 
  • Drums 
  • Chimes 
  • Gong 
  • Piano 
  • Marimba and Xylophone 
  • Tambourine 

…even the plastic Home Depot buckets that started the Laby Harmony Project students’ music education!  

Battle of the Sections: Orchestra Edition

For the first time in history, New West Symphony is launching a battle extraordinaire challenging its orchestra sections to compete. When you purchase a ticket to this event, you’ll join in the fun by choosing a team that represents your favorite section! The team that raises the most amount of money will win the coveted “Biggest Bang for the Buck” Award, and the section that receives the most votes during the concert will claim the title “Best Orchestra Section in the History of the World!”

Other Sections

Platinum Sponsors

Nancy Israel
Elise and Bill Kearney

Gold Sponsors

Nancy Carlin
Sarah and Robert Steenberge

Silver Sponsors

Lisa and Al Baker
Patricia and Tom Dodds
Ross and Debbie Goldberg
Ann and Jon Ives
Miguel and Paula Levy
Bob Lugari
Cindy Murray
Barbara and Owen Patotzka
Stephanie and John Wilson
Natalia Staneva and Eugene Yankevich