Paul Hansen’s percussion setup for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
“Here's my rig for the 5th Avenue's new production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, with a new full orchestration by Bruce Monroe. Bruce has tailored many orchestrations for us, and as a percussionist he knows exactly how to load up the books for me, and then lets me add my own twists for the final version.
Beginning with my usual standard layout (Timps left, Xylo and Glock stacked over Vibes), I used the orchestra pit cable rail as a handy guiro and triangle stand. Gran Cassa is hung from the stage extension. The famous kazoo part was moved from the reed section to me for this version. Small plastic 'party favor' kazoos (as opposed to the standard metal model usually seen) simulate the singing electric razor perfectly."
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.