Triangle Machine

Finger Cymbal Machine

Triangle Machine Plus

Crotale Machine

Horizontal Machine

Order two or more Machines. Get 5% off each. Discount in cart.

Triangle Arm

Machine Body

Finger Cymbal Arm

Machine Body Plus

Crotale Arm + Beater

Horizontal Mount

Everything's interchangeable. Mix and match all pieces.

Far From Heaven - Charlie Descarfino

Charlie Descarfino's setup for the Off Broadway production of Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

Charlie Descarfino's setup for the Off Broadway production of Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.Charlie Descarfino's setup for the Off Broadway production of Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.Charlie Descarfino's setup for the Off Broadway production of Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.Charlie Descarfino's setup for the Off Broadway production of Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.Charlie Descarfino's setup for the Off Broadway production of Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.Charlie Descarfino's setup for the Off Broadway production of Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

“Something that seems to be a recurring theme in playing musical theater currently is the one player, drum/percussion book. I have encountered this playing on Broadway at the 2006 revival of Les Miserables, the recent Broadway production of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and now once again at this Playwrights Horizons production of the new musical Far From Heaven.

Needless to say, performing this type of chair requires careful planning, taking into account logistics necessary to access all the surfaces and stick changes required to achieve the orchestrator's desired effect. My method of arriving at the setup I use takes into account the proximity in time and physical space from one instrument change to another, the space allotted to the percussion setup in the pit, as well as certain elements I think of as standard setup variations (ie glock over timpani or stacked over the xylophone, easy access to the pedals of the timps from the drum set, etc...) depending on the needs of the particular orchestration.

Often an array of stick changes and holding various combinations of beaters also comes into play. This is a good example of how The Miller Machine comes in handy, saving one what may be an extra mallet change that may be the thing that will allow you to reach your next instrument change with the right mallets in your hands.”

Far From Heaven - Off Broadway - Charlie Descarfino
May 2013

Charlie Descarfino's setup for the Off Broadway production of Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

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.

Search