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.

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