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!

Music Power to the People - Communities set to become the new Champions of Music

Throughout our time in isolation, for many, it was most often music bringing us closer together. Musicians and performers tapping into their creativity to share messages of hope and camaraderie, from neighbors singing and playing music to each other on balconies, to performing concerts and entertaining us online. Music bringing people closer together during a time of unrest and unease.

The sad news is, however, that there is no doubt the coronavirus pandemic will have plunged the future of music and the arts into uncertainty and threatened its long-term availability to young people and the community. The talk of the suspension of music and other ‘non-core’ subjects when schools fully reopen to make time for students to catch up with English and maths following the COVID-19 shutdown is concerning. Music is an important subject for all children to learn and recognized to help develop the skills, attitudes, and attributes required to support learning in other subjects as well. This...


Bonjour to Percussion Play France!

We are immensely proud to welcome Percussion Play France into the Percussion Play Group.

Operating out of the sunny town of Fouras, Percussion Play France is owned and operated by Thomas Schmutz who is delighted to be able to offer Percussion Play outdoor musical instruments with the same fantastic service and support to customers in France. Thomas, who comes from a family of musicians and who is a keen guitar player and drummer himself, is eager to increase the presence of outdoor musical instruments in the many parks, playgrounds, and family-friendly attractions located across the country.

We asked Thomas how he discovered Percussion Play and why he chose to become our representative in France.

"I was working for a company named Freetness, which is the leader of Outdoor Fitness Equipment in France. I really like to participate in the...


Quinterra Legacy Garden to feature Percussion Play Instruments

Percussion Play is honored to be the primary supplier of outdoor musical instruments for this wonderful interactive musical garden and performance space that will serve as a place for play, inspiration, creativity, reflection, and contemplation for visitors and residents of the City of Calgary

The Quinterra Legacy Garden will be Calgary’s first fully dedicated music garden and performance space. Built to honor and celebrate five young Albertan adults killed in 2014 and for their families to thank the supportive local community, the garden will encourage the arts and support young people's mental health and creativity. Located in South Glenmore Park and overlooking the Glenmore Reservoir, the garden will be a tree-lined open space for families to play together, picnic, and enjoy the outdoors.

This 'flyover' video allows you to both see and hear how the outdoor musical instruments will appear in the Quinterra Legacy Garden. All bar one of the instruments are from Percussion Play and...


Case Studies and Projects

We’ve delivered thousands of successful outdoor musical projects and as a consequence have a growing collection of case studies.

Case studies are a great way for us to tell the world how our musical instruments are being used in the great outdoors, the many different locations they have enhanced visually and acoustically and the diversity of the projects they have been included within. They go beyond simple testimonials and show real-life examples of how we have been able to satisfy our customer’s needs and help them accomplish their musical goals.

We have also developed an excellent network of representatives around the globe. These representatives work closely with us, have a great understanding of our products, and offer customers great regional and local support. From creative playground developments, ADA accessible music gardens to inspiring family-friendly shopping malls, our projects ignite imaginations, instigate great conversations and inspire people...


Encouraging Deaf Children and Young People to Access Music

This is Deaf Awareness Week which aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the huge range of local organizations that support deaf people and their family and friends.

Did you know that 15% of the population in the UK are deaf to some extent? All over the world, there are people with varying levels of hearing loss, deafness is a spectrum from mild to profound, from little children with glue ear to those who have lost hearing later in life. Some communicate using sign language whilst others lip read. Some deaf children can use a lot of their residual hearing with the support of hearing aids or they might have a cochlear implant. Others may be deaf in just one ear. The type and level of deafness and the technology used means every deaf child’s perception of music will vary greatly.

Contrary to what many people believe, deaf children are able to access music, in fact, many deaf people play musical instruments and take part in...


The Rest of The World Celebrate World Book Day 2020 in Lockdown

Today, over 100 countries will be taking part in World Book Day (WBD) celebrations - albeit in creative and innovative ways due to the coronavirus lockdown.

For our British readership’s clarification, the United Nations' World Book Day is held annually on April 23 (us Brits celebrate on the first Thursday of March to avoid conflicts with the Easter School Holidays and St. Georges Day – England's primary patron saint and slayer of dragons).

World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind and celebrates authors, books, illustrators, and - of course - reading! It was first created in 1995 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was named ‘World Book & Copyright day’, as it was aimed at promoting reading, publishing, and copyright. Since then, however, it has grown bigger than anyone could ever have imagined with celebrations encompassing everything from reading and writing, to fancy dress and drama events.

Traditionally...