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A Chorus Line - Paul Hansen

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.

Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

"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
  • Glock
  • Xylophone
  • Vibes
  • Chimes (B, C, E, and Eb)
  • Medium Tom Tom
  • Gran Cassa
  • Two Congas
  • Bongos
  • Two Woodblocks (Tick Tock effect)
  • Cowbell
  • Two Triangles
  • Tambourine (a good rock instrument)
  • Afuche
  • Maracas
  • 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.

A Chorus Line - Regional - Paul Hansen
September 2014

Paul Hansen's percussion 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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