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A Chorus Line - Alec Wilmart

Alec Wilmart's drum set setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

Alec Wilmart's drum set setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Alec Wilmart's drum set setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Alec Wilmart's drum set setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Alec Wilmart's drum set setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

"This production used the original orchestrations for A Chorus Line. Being one of the first musicals written in a contemporary ‘rock’ style, there was little precedent for drum set notation in musical theater, and consequently, the drum part is in the same book as the percussion part. It has a mix of old style, ‘slash’ notation and complete detailed drum parts.

The Yamaha Oak Custom was a great kit for this show, tuned pretty much wide open with gel mutes to emulate that '70s ‘Dead Drum’ sound. It's a rock show, but there are several tunes in swing, funk, latin, 2-beat, and ballad styles as well. The 16" tom is only used in three spots in the show, but the first is a solo 16th note run from top to bottom in the opening number. Any standard drum kit will do for this show, but I really enjoyed the sound of this particular set due to the warmth and depth of the Oak Custom.

A Chorus Line is pretty straight-forward musically, but requires knowledge of several styles, as well as an ability to ‘groove’, and includes some well known classics such as "One", "Nothing" and "What I did for Love.”

Drums:

  • Yamaha Oak Custom 22" Bass Drum
  • Yamaha Oak Custom 10", 12", 14" Mounted Toms
  • Yamaha Oak Custom 16" Floor Tom
  • Yamaha Vintage Snare 14" x 6"

Cymbals:

  • Sabian 8" B8 Pro Splash
  • Sabian 14" AA Hi-Hats
  • Sabian 8" AAX Splash
  • Sabian 16" Hand Hammered Crash
  • Zildjian 20" K Ride
  • Paiste 18" Signature Crash

Percussion:

  • Cowbell
  • LP Red Jam Block
  • Miller Machine with Triangle

A Chorus Line - Regional - Alec Wilmart
September 2014

Alec Wilmart's drum set setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

Sal Mazzotta's setup for The Tattooed Lady at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Brian Kilgore's percussion setup for the International Tour of Pippin at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Ethan Deppe’s setup for The Little Mermaid at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
"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."
  • 6 min read
"The unique part of Groundhog Day was that the drummer had to play on stage, in a groundhog costume, wearing a giant groundhog head. Since I could barely see out of the head, it was impossible to read a chart (and there wasn’t a music stand), so it had to be memorized."
  • 4 min read
"If you are passionate, driven, feel you have a calling, a burning desire to play, practice, perform, and record music that you can share with the world, then choosing to be a professional musician here will make you a fulfilled and happy person. You’ll meet the most amazing people on stage, in the rehearsal room and in the audience."
  • 6 min read
Steve Gadd's drum solo from the track "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours". From the album Live Stuff (out of print) from the legendary 1970's New York based band Stuff.
Robbie Ameen's drum solo from the track "Spring Fling".

Gene Krupa's drum solo from "Gene's Blues" from the album Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich released November 1955.

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