Meet the Percussion

Percussion instruments are a family of musical instruments in its own category. Instruments in the percussion family can be categorized into drums, keyboards, or accessories. In general, all percussion instruments produce their sounds by striking the instrument in various ways.

Our beginner class is designed to focus on practice pad (for an overall drum technique) and keyboard instruction. Students are also introduced to timpani, other drums such as bass drum and toms, as well as accessories such as triangle and tambourine. Beyond 6th grade, students strengthen their understanding as a percussionist through an ensemble class. (Symphonic Band, Honor Band, Concert Band)

Private Lessons: Because of the extremely detailed nature of percussion and the necessity to learn more than one instrument, percussionists are required to take weekly private lessons with the private percussion instructor at Westbrook. Percussion is time-intensive. Students who participate in private lessons experience less frustration and statistically are more likely to continue their music education in high school.


  1. Attend the 5th grade parent meeting on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 pm in the WBI Commons. This is when you'll sign up for an interview time at our Instrument Selection Day. If you're unable to attend the meeting, please email Mrs. Maloy (
  2. If interested in percussion, attend the Thursday, April 16th percussion tryouts and Saturday, April 18th instrument selection day. Students who do not make the percussion class will play their April 18th instrument selection.
  3. Attend our Instrument Selection Day on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Westbrook Intermediate. The directors will help you try out the different instruments to find what will fit you best!

April 16th, 2020 (Thursday)

5th Grade Percussion Tryouts (Appointments)

Location: Westbrook Int. Band Hall

Time: TBD (approx. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Clear Brook High School Winter Drum Line 2019

"X Marks the Spot"

Director: Dusty Norris