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Mary Poppins - Jason Degenhardt

Jason Degenhardt's combined book setup for Mary Poppins at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas.

Jason Degenhardt's combined book setup for Mary Poppins at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas.Jason Degenhardt's combined book setup for Mary Poppins at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas.Jason Degenhardt's combined book setup for Mary Poppins at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas.Jason Degenhardt's combined book setup for Mary Poppins at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas.Jason Degenhardt's combined book setup for Mary Poppins at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas.

“My Mary Poppins set up is a combination of the Percussion 2 drum set book, and as much of the mallets and toys I can sneak in from the Percussion 1 book. I took some cues from the original Broadway setup by placing the triangles and blocks centered above the snare and moving the cymbals and toms off to the right of the kit.

You'll notice my $1.00 pan to the left of the hi-hat. This is notated as 'Toy Drum' in the score, and this is my take on the metallic sound sought after by the composer. Thanks to Daniel Haskins (original percussionist with the Broadway production) for some insight here!

Here's a video of me playing my $1.00 ‘Toy Drum’."

Jason is a freelance drummer/percussionist in the Topeka, Kansas area where he also assists Derek Sharp in the building of TreeHouse Drums. He also has his own teaching practice called Studio 17 Percussion and is an Adjunct Music Professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Mary Poppins - Regional - Jason Degenhardt
February 2016

Jason Degenhardt's combined book setup for Mary Poppins at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas.

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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