A Grand Night For Singing - Matt Ordaz

Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.

Matt's write-up and gear list below photos.

Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.

"This production of A Grand Night for Singing with Musical Theatre West features a cast of Broadway veterans directed by a member of the original Broadway cast, a wonderful on-stage band, and a great venue (with Karen Carpenter’s drums on display in the lobby!).

The show is a Rodgers and Hammerstein revue with non-stop music, featuring chamber orchestra arrangements for a 6-piece band. The styles between numbers can change rapidly, from an orchestral rendition of 'Some Enchanted Evening' with delicate mallet passages, to a fast up-tempo swing version of 'Kansas City', and everything in between.

Since a few passages require bells or xylophone to be played while simultaneously continuing time on the kick and hi-hat, having those mallet instruments tucked under and over my hats was a necessity. When possible, I also prefer to have my music and stick tray directly in front of my snare to aid in quick stick changes. Although there are many quick stick/mallet changes, I was very surprised to find that no specialty combination sticks are needed (as long as you don’t mind playing set with xylophone mallets a few times)!

I’m taking full advantage of my two Miller Machines thanks to a few moments in the book in which quiet triangle notes are written 1 beat after finishing a heavy swing section, and a similar moment later in the book for finger cymbal. Thankfully, the new beater upgrades arrived just in time to use them on this run! I knew the upgraded beaters would be better, but I was really surprised with how good they sound! I still play the triangle by hand when I can for more control, but the sound between my Stoessel beaters and the brass beaters with the upgrade is nearly indistinguishable."

Drums: Ludwig Birch Classic

  • 16"x20" Kick Drum
  • 8"x10" Small Tom
  • 14"x14" Floor Tom

Snare:

  • Gretsch 5.5"x14" Brooklyn Standard

Cymbals:

  • Istanbul Agop 10” Xist Splash
  • Istanbul Agop 14” Sultan Hi-Hats
  • Istanbul Agop 18” Traditional Dark Crash
  • Istanbul Agop 20” 30th Anniversary Ride
  • Weiss 18” China

Mallet Instruments:

  • Deagan 830 Master Lite Wate Xylophone
  • Jenco Wide Bar Bells
  • Deagan 580 Vibra-Harp
  • Deagan Chimes

Auxillary:

Sticks/Mallets:

  • Vater Fusion Maple Drumsticks
  • Vic Firth WB Jazz Brushes
  • Ron Vaughn Cymbal Mallets (with long rattan handles)
  • Stoessel Triangle Beaters (white and black)
  • Innovative CL-C2 Chime Hammers
  • Innovative JT23 Vibraphone Mallets
  • Malletech DS18 Dave Samuels Vibraphone Mallets
  • Malletech BB34 "Becker Blues" Xylophone Mallets (also used on glock for soft passages)
  • Encore 207R Bell Mallets

A Grand Night For Singing - Regional - Matt Ordaz
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Matt Ordaz's setup for A Grand Night For Singing at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center in Long Beach, California.

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