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Evita - Dave Roth

Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.

Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.

Evita was one of the more diverse percussion books that I have encountered. It presented a very nice mix of classical and latin playing that was a terrific challenge every night.

The 2012 Broadway run was the 2006 re-orchestrated version from London. It attempted to add a little more authenticity to the various tango sections and of course the samba of Buenos Aires. I was very fortunate to be given a lot of leeway in creating my own part for this tune and particularly my own timbale solo. A big thank you goes out to musical director, Kristen Blodgette, for giving me that latitude. Also a big thank you goes out to Billy Miller for capturing my Buenos Aires performance in this video.

The instruments purchased for this production were a challenge as well due to financial restrictions. Of particular note was the search for an affordable marimba. After scouring the country we found a 1934 Deagan Masterpiece marimba through Shannon Wood at Mallet Shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Unfortunately it was only 3 1/2 octaves and the score called for the low E. So I contacted Gilberto Serna at Century Mallet in Chicago and he was able to locate a Deagan low E and an accompanying resonator. Then I called upon the Miller Machine's own Billy Miller to construct an attachable frame that could accommodate that note. You can see it in the picture below. It all worked out great.

Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.

Sometimes preparing for a Broadway percussion book takes a village!!!”

Dave also offers a performance clinic that will give you a glimpse into the world of a Broadway Percussionist and take you from the moment you’ve been hired for a show up to the first performance - everything from performance practices, researching music, instrument selection, setup challenges and even a few humorous stories from the Great White Way. You can see more in this video.

Dave is a proud endorser of Yamaha Percussion, Vic Firth, Latin Percussion, and Paiste Cymbals.

Dave's Broadway Credits.

Evita - Broadway - Dave Roth
April 2012 thru January 2013

Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.

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."
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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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