Welcome to the Percussion Play Blog

We hope you'll be a regular visitor as we share stories about the instruments we make and the people who play them.

This is where we share our passion for music in the great outdoors! We'll share with you details of exciting new outdoor music projects and designs from around the globe. We'll share with you information about the instruments we sell and a little about the inspiration behind them

Most importantly, this blog is about what we love to do the most - help you create new and exciting ways to bring music to the great outdoors.

Thank you for reading, visiting, commenting and contributing - we’re excited to have you here!

#OptOutside and Recreate Musically This Black Friday

If you have ever wondered what #OptOutside is, have never even heard of it, or perhaps know all about it, we strongly encourage you to participate this Black Friday.

The #OptOutside movement was started by the outdoor retail company REI in 2015. The basic meaning of #OptOutside is to go outdoors on Black Friday instead of shopping!

Every Black Friday since 2015, REI closes all its 150+ stores, does not process any online payments, and gives its 12,000+ employees a paid day off to spend in nature. All this on one of the biggest shopping days of the year! The outdoor retailer's ethos was to not only encourage their employees to get outside but to inspire others to join in the movement. Active participation is encouraged using the hashtag #optoutside, through which participants are invited to share media from their outdoor adventures.

Jerry Stritzke, president, and CEO of REI, said, “We think Black Friday has gotten out of hand, and so we are choosing to invest in helping people...


Final Expo for 2022 - ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture

Our final exhibition for 2022 is almost here, and it's a big one!

We are thrilled to be back exhibiting at ASLA 2022 Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Francisco, CA, November 11-14.

The American Society of Landscape Architects organizes the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, known as the largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world, which serves to gain perspective and establish new connections within the profession. It occurs annually, attracting more than 6,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors.

See you in San Francisco on Booth #1427


Percussion Play Returns to Holiday Park and Resort Innovation, Birmingham, NEC,UK

The Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show held on 2 & 3 Nov 2022 at the NEC in Birmingham is the ultimate event for any holiday park or professional to source the latest products, services, inspiration, and advice they need to take their business to the next level.

Located on Stand Number HP232, we will be exhibiting new products and our most popular instruments for you to come and play. We’re delighted to be exhibiting again this year and would like to offer all of our interested readers complimentary tickets to attend the show.

So, why not come along if you own or run a holiday park, leisure or theme park, family attraction, playground, activity center, play area, or farm attraction? As Europe’s most significant event in the leisure and hospitality industry, the show is an unmissable opportunity for those within this sector to expand their industry knowledge, obtain expert advice on the latest trends and products, and receive exclusive offers from leading...


American Camp Association Blog Shares How Making Music Outdoors Can Benefit People of All Abilities

The American Camp Association (ACA) is a community of camp professionals who have joined together for over 100 years to share their knowledge and experience. The mission of the ACA is to enrich the lives of all children, youth, and adults through camp experiences. Their membership is as diverse as the children who participate, and the association strongly believes that these camp experiences are essential to every child’s growth and education. They promote inclusive camp communities that are open and promote equity across a diversity of ideas, experiences, perspectives, and voices.

This month, the ACA focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion in its online and printed magazine and blog. Summer camp can be a great equalizer, giving all campers a chance to pick up essential life skills often not taught in their communities. At many camps, children from diverse backgrounds forge lifelong friendships, develop a deep connection with and respect for nature and learn to work as teams to...


New White Paper Explores the Benefits of Outdoor Musical Instruments in Library Settings

Our latest white paper, 'Creativity is the New Literacy', explores the benefits of music being used within library settings.

Many libraries across the US and the world have begun to bring musical gardens into the outdoor spaces of their public libraries and are reaping the benefits of these investments. Due to the profound and proven impact of musical play—and especially outdoor musical play—on mental health, creativity, language and literacy, developing intelligence, as a tool for intergenerational connection, and more, the incorporation of music and designated musical spaces in libraries is, and continues to be, a hugely significant venture in the pursuit of inclusivity, creativity, and innovation in these essential public institutions.

Read 'Creativity is the New Literacy'

We are committed to providing quality content on our website, including a growing series of relevant and insightful White Papers....


Register for the 2022 NRPA Annual Conference

After a 2-year absence, Percussion Play is delighted to return to the 2022 NRPA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, from September 20–22!

There is no better place to sharpen your skill set and grow professionally than the NRPA Annual Conference. Join fellow park and recreation professionals for energetic networking activities, dozens of inspirational education sessions, and the chance to scope out the most innovative products and services in parks and recreation. Learn More and Register Now.

We are making music at booth #1535 - come along and say hi!