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People who play musical instruments or write music

accompanist

noun

someone who plays the supporting music while someone else sings or plays the main tune

bandsman

noun

someone who plays an instrument in a military or brass band

bassist

noun

someone who plays a bass guitar or a double bass

busker

noun

someone who performs music in the streets and other public places for money

cellist

noun

someone who plays the cello

composer

noun

someone who writes music, especially classical music

drum major

noun

the leader of a military marching band

drummer

noun

someone who plays the drums in a band

fiddler

noun

someone who plays the violin, especially someone who plays folk music

first violin

noun

a musician who plays the violin in an orchestra and belongs to the most important group of violinists

flautist

noun

someone who plays the flute. The American word is flutist.

flutist

noun

a flautist

Impressionist

noun

a composer who writes music in the style of Impressionism

instrumentalist

noun

someone who plays a musical instrument

keyboardist

noun

a musician who plays an instrument with a keyboard, especially an electric piano

leader

noun

the main violin player in an orchestra

lead guitar

noun

the guitar that is the most important instrument in a band and plays the main tune, or the person playing the guitar

maestro

noun

a musician who people admire and respect a lot, especially an orchestra conductor

mariachi

noun

a musician who plays mariachi

musician

noun

someone who performs or writes music, especially as their job

muso

noun

a musician, or someone who knows a lot about music, especially pop music

one-man band

noun

a musician who plays several instruments at the same time

organist

noun

someone who plays the organ, especially as their job

pianist

noun

someone who plays the piano, especially as their job

piper

noun

a musician who plays a musical pipe or the bagpipes

player

noun

someone who plays a musical instrument

principal

noun

the leader of a section of an orchestra

saxophonist

noun

someone who plays the saxophone

second violin

noun

a musician who plays the violin in an orchestra and belongs to the group of violinists that is less important than the first violins

soloist

noun

someone who performs a musical solo

timpanist

noun

someone who plays the timpani in an orchestra

tuner

noun

someone who makes small changes to musical instruments, especially pianos

virtuoso

noun

someone who is very good at a particular activity, especially playing a musical instrument

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a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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