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!

Veteran's Day Blog: How Music and Music Therapy can relieve Symptoms of PTSD

We are seeing an ever-increasing interest in our inclusive outdoor instruments, particularly when used for therapy. Some Veterans returning from serving their country require treatments to help relieve the symptoms of PTSD, which is a psychiatric condition that can occur in people with personal experiences of severe trauma, either first or second hand. PTSD often develops immediately following the traumatic event/s, but some sufferers (around one in five) experience symptoms with delayed-onset, often not surfacing for years after the event/s.

Symptoms of PTSD may vary in frequency and severity. Symptoms include intrusive thoughts, such as the involuntary recollection of disturbing or upsetting sensory memories: visual (iconic), aural (echoic), tangible (haptic), or a combination of all three. These intrusive thoughts, in their more severe forms, can present themselves as distressing dreams or flashbacks, which can appear to the sufferer so vividly that it may feel as though the sufferer...


Outdoor Classroom Day 2021 - Getting Back into the Great Outdoors

Originally starting as Empty Classroom Day, Outdoor Classroom Day is now a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On this day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritize playtime, encouraging their students to enjoy just being outside, being with other children, and getting out in all kinds of weather.

The movement for outdoor learning is the brainchild of environmental educator Anna Portch, who started the project in 2012. The original aim was for every school in London to take one extra lesson outside on the same day of the year. At first, it attracted the attention of just a handful of schools in London, however by 2017, over 2.3 million children worldwide took part in upwards of 100 countries and more than 580,000 of those were in the UK and Ireland and 200,000 in Australia. Today, over 9.6 million children and more than 105,000 teachers, parents,...


Percussion Play Voted Industry Star in 2021 WorkL Workplace Awards

Percussion Play is very proud to be voted an 'Industry Star' in the WorkL Workplace Awards 2021. These awards recognize organizations that have achieved consistently high levels of employee engagement in 2020-2021.

Supported by The Telegraph, the awards highlight UK employers with high workplace satisfaction scores, based on a staff survey. Winners were awarded gold, silver, and bronze status depending on their overall scores, as well as the top performers or 'Industry Stars' across the 26 industry categories.

Employees were asked via a survey to rank a range of aspects about their job, employer and workplace, to deliver an overall engagement score at work. The employee survey measured the engagement, happiness, and well-being of our workforce as well as how inclusive we are.

Percussion Play was recognized as an Industry Star in the Advanced Manufacturing and Services Category alongside industry giants Boeing and Tesla.

Jody Ashfield, Founder, and CEO of Percussion Play says...


Percussion Play is Visited by Nigel Atkinson Esq, HM Lord-Lieutenant and Officially Presented With The Queen's Award

The Percussion Play team today received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise at their offices in Froxfield, near Petersfield, Hampshire.

The award was presented by Nigel Atkinson Esq, HM Lord-Lieutenant along with The Deputy Lieutenant, The Rt Hon the Earl of Portsmouth.

Percussion Play is the winner of the 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise – one of the highest accolades and most prestigious awards a UK-based company can win. They were informed that Her Majesty The Queen had approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation that they should receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, in acknowledgment of their outstanding growth in overseas sales over the past three years.

There were 205 recipients of the award in the UK in 2021, with 4 of those businesses based in Hampshire.

The visit saw the founders of Percussion Play, Robin and Jody Ashfield, demonstrate the instruments to HM Lord-Lieutenant, creating music on the popular Duo and then giving...


Great Fall Giveaway - Win a Soprano Quartet Ensemble

The Great Fall Giveaway is an exclusive contest being run by Parks and Rec Business Magazine for Parks & Recreation Departments, Summer Camps, and School Districts in the United States.

If you represent any of the above and would like a chance to win one of our Soprano Quartet Ensembles then head on over to the Parks and Rec Business Magazine website to enter!

The Soprano Quartet is easily our most popular ensemble and is suitable for beginners as well as those who are a little more musically advanced. An ensemble allows all players the opportunity to explore several outdoor percussion instruments, experiment with different playing techniques, practice improvisation, and learn the fundamentals (and sheer enjoyment) of outdoor group multi-percussion performance.

This ensemble includes...


World Mental Health Day 2021 - 'Mental Health in an Unequal World'

To recognize World Mental Health Day on October 10th, Percussion Play is highlighting the benefits of music, particularly outdoor music, for improving people’s well-being and happiness.

It has long been scientifically proven that listening to and creating music lifts people’s moods and creates a powerful sense of well-being. Outdoor activity has also been shown to enhance our mood, proven most recently during the pandemic when many embraced outdoor adventures for a little respite from their enclosed spaces.

By combining both music and the ‘great outdoors', we believe our instruments can help create fun and laughter, helping support good mental health and offering an alternative way to connect with the world around us.

As the world-leading manufacturer of outdoor musical instruments, we are seeing an ever-increasing interest in these inclusive outdoor instruments, with more...