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George Morrow, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and Kenny Dorham on stage], 196-? / unidentified photographer. Gertrude Abercrombie papers. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The percussion family is the largest in an orchestra. But the diversity of percussion continues in a non-traditional format as tap dance shoes, steel pans, and instrumental bones are included in this group. Smithsonian Music celebrates both common and unusual percussion instruments in this month's Spotlight feature.