Articles from Broadway Drummers, Percussionists, and More.

Setting Up a New Broadway Percussion Book by Bill Hayes

Posted by Billy Miller on

"When preparing a percussion book for a new Broadway show, we occasionally get the music in advance. That allows us to start our “treasure hunt” early, to have the right sounds ready, and to get a jump on the setup. But often, Broadway is the first appearance of the fully orchestrated show, and we have seen very little before the first rehearsal."

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Setting Up a New Broadway Percussion Book by Bill Hayes

Posted by Billy Miller on

"When preparing a percussion book for a new Broadway show, we occasionally get the music in advance. That allows us to start our “treasure hunt” early, to have the right sounds ready, and to get a jump on the setup. But often, Broadway is the first appearance of the fully orchestrated show, and we have seen very little before the first rehearsal."

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My Experiences Recording a Broadway Cast Album by Jared Schonig

Posted by Billy Miller on

"The musical experience of recording a Broadway cast album ranges from easy to difficult depending on the circumstances. I find that the two factors that contribute most to the quality of the experience are: 1) how good the band is; and 2) how soon after you started the show you record the album"

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My Experiences Recording a Broadway Cast Album by Jared Schonig

Posted by Billy Miller on

"The musical experience of recording a Broadway cast album ranges from easy to difficult depending on the circumstances. I find that the two factors that contribute most to the quality of the experience are: 1) how good the band is; and 2) how soon after you started the show you record the album"

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My Way to Broadway by Chihiro Shibayama

Posted by Billy Miller on

"Thursday, February 16th, 2017 was a special day. I was both excited and nervous as I stepped into SIR Studios in Manhattan to start the first orchestra rehearsal for the Broadway production of Miss Saigon."

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My Way to Broadway by Chihiro Shibayama

Posted by Billy Miller on

"Thursday, February 16th, 2017 was a special day. I was both excited and nervous as I stepped into SIR Studios in Manhattan to start the first orchestra rehearsal for the Broadway production of Miss Saigon."

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On Being a 'Go-To' Drummer for Broadway by Rich Rosenzweig

Posted by Billy Miller on

"To be sure, a key component of being a solid Broadway drummer is versatility. It’s about knowing as many different styles as possible, and then being able to translate them into the context of all that a musical entails. Knowing how to read music is a given, but it’s only after much experience that you learn to adapt to different styles..."

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On Being a 'Go-To' Drummer for Broadway by Rich Rosenzweig

Posted by Billy Miller on

"To be sure, a key component of being a solid Broadway drummer is versatility. It’s about knowing as many different styles as possible, and then being able to translate them into the context of all that a musical entails. Knowing how to read music is a given, but it’s only after much experience that you learn to adapt to different styles..."

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Developing a Broadway Show - A Drummer's Perspective by Sean McDaniel

Posted by Billy Miller on

"After a week or two of rehearsals there is usually a performance or two of the show for an invited audience. Sometimes these performances can be intense if there are important people in the room, or if certain sections of the show feel under prepared. This is why it’s so important to know the score and script very well."

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"After a week or two of rehearsals there is usually a performance or two of the show for an invited audience. Sometimes these performances can be intense if there are important people in the room, or if certain sections of the show feel under prepared. This is why it’s so important to know the score and script very well."

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