Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
Read Paul's write-up about the show, below the photos.
"I first played this book in 1981 when the original National Tours were still bouncing around the country, and my approach hasn’t changed much since then.
The core of this simple layout conforms to the usual basic setup I’ve used for many years: timps to left, bells, then vibes with xylophone stacked over, you’ll find this in 90% of my layouts. (compare this to my Christmas Story setup - coming soon) Keep it close, gang.
The one thing I also point out to students tackling this show for the first time is make sure your tambourine has a lot of sharp punch to it, but is light enough to keep an intense rock beat going for several pages.
No hiding on this one.”
- Two Timpani
- Chimes (B, C, E, and Eb)
- Medium Tom Tom
- Gran Cassa
- Two Congas
- Two Woodblocks (Tick Tock effect)
- Two Triangles
- Tambourine (a good rock instrument)
- Bell Tree
- Bell Plate (old Carroll style)
Paul Hansen has been active as one of the top percussionists in Seattle's music and theater circles for 40 years, with over 150 musicals to his credit, including the World Premiere engagements of Hairspray, Shrek, Young Frankenstein, Catch Me If You Can, and A Christmas Story.
As a concert musician he performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Auburn Symphony, and is a proud member of the Harry Partch Ensemble, based in Seattle.
Paul also serves as Managing Editor for Sheet Music Now, and is co-founder of the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet.
Paul is also an Innovative Percussion Artist.