Recycled Percussion – a four-member band whose high-energy rock act involves ladders, buckets, power tools and electric guitars – is currently performing aboard five Caribbean sailings on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Westerdam. Recycled Percussion was the highest-placing non-singing act ever to appear on “America’s Got Talent” and has enjoyed extended runs at both the MGM Grand and Tropicana hotels in Las Vegas. The group’s fast-paced, highly interactive, audience-participation shows involve lots of drumming on objects ranging from 12-foot ladders to low-tech drum kits suspended upside-down at center stage, as well as sounds produced by household appliances (vacuum cleaners, fans) and power tools (circular saws, drills).

Recycled Percussion is slated to play three performances on each of five cruises on Nieuw Amsterdam and Westerdam from mid-November through mid-December. They showcase their extreme talents while performing a variety of musical genres, from classic rock to today’s hits. To accommodate the show, HAL installed the elaborate “Great Wall of Percussion,” a suspended 3,000-pound contraption with four drum kits created from cans and recycled buckets. The band is strapped into seats at the drum kits and performs as the Wall rotates from upright to upside-down. The reaction from guests has been overwhelmingly positive. “Recycled Percussion was jaw-dropping,” commented one. Another said, “Recycled Percussion was the best show I’ve seen in 15 cruises.”


  1. Saw them last week on the Nieuw Amsterdam and LOVED the show! Best one we’ve ever experienced on Holland. Bring on more shows like this!!!

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