Not because I think I’m “better” than drummers, but because we have different skillsets.

percussion; noun 🪘 musical instruments played by striking with the hand or with a handheld or pedal-operated stick or beater, or by shaking, including drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells, and rattles.

percussionist; noun 🎹  a player of a percussion instrument, especially in an orchestra (pianists are technically percussionsists, too).

drummer; noun 🥁 ****a person who plays a drum or drums.

In conversational terms, “drummer” often refers to a drumset player (or in marching band, those who play marching drums-snare, tenors, bass).

I have played a wide range of percussion instruments throughout my lifetime, including drumset and marching percussion. But my greatest strength is keyboard percussion (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, bells). This is why I identify as a percussionist moreso than a drummer.

Not all percussionists are drummers and not all drummers are percussionists.

Drummers who only play in rock or popular music bands often learn a different skillset than percussionists who train in orchestral percussion techniques. But the best drummers and percussionists do both. 🎶 🎹 🥁


TL;DR for non-musicians – expand your skillset by learning techniques related to your expertise, but slightly outside of your comfort zone.