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Instrument Overview

Bernstein's "A West Side Story"

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Percussion for West Side Story

Bernstein's West Side Story and the orchestral suites are popular orchestral works which can present a large headache for the Orchestral Manager. As well as a large contingent of standard orchestral percussion, the piece also requires an extensive Latin percussion section. Often these instruments are substituted or replaced, much to the detriment of the sound. Due to its large collection of Latin instruments, CUMS can easily provide all the instruments required

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Bass drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Single tubular bell (F#)
  • Bongos
  • Timpani (two of the four required are shown)
  • Cowbell
  • Maracas
  • Tenor drum
  • Triangle
  • Woodblock
  • Three Congas
  • Guiro
  • Snare drum
  • Timbales Tambourine
  • finger cymbals
  • Whistle
  • Suspended and clash cymbals
  • Xylophone
  • Drum kit
  • Tam-tam

Using this page, you can browse pictures of the instruments in the CUMS Instrument Collection, to help you decide which instruments to hire.

Examples of sets of instruments for various pieces are also available. See how CUMS can provide instruments for: Mahler's Sixth Symphony, Bernstein's West Side Story, Drummers and Samba Bands

If you need any help working out which instruments are best suited to your needs, please contact the Instrument Management Team who will be more than happy to advise you.

To hire any of these instruments, simply fill in an online booking form.

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