A Note on Bell Kits

It’s that time of year again – when young, aspiring drummers get their first taste of what it means to be a total percussionist. Along with the package comes a variety of strike-able noise prizes wrapped up in a convenient tote which we call the “student percussion kit”. It’s often seen as the most practical way to introduce students to the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic aspects required of the percussionist. While the percussion kit has helped make great strides in molding want-to-be-drummers into equally contributing musicians, I believe it’s time to move on from this paradigm and embrace what is required for the realities of today’s band and orchestra percussionists. It’s time to retire the bell kit.

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