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Motown - Roger Squitero

Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Read Roger's write-up about the show below the photos.

Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Photo below: Buddy Williams (drums), Gary Seligson (percussion), and Roger Squitero, in the pit of Motown.

Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

“I lost my studio in Hurricane Sandy. It was located in the Westbeth building just a block east of the Hudson River in Manhattan. It flooded from floor to ceiling. I pretty much lost a career’s worth of instruments and memorabilia but I was able to salvage some of my stuff.

About a month after Motown opened I realized we were going to be here for a while and decided to decorate my percussion cubicle. I had some old photos and touring laminates that I recovered after the storm so I decided to take them out of a box and put them up. It gives me a sense of where I have been and reminds me of many great friendships I have made in my career. There are a couple photos of Buddy Williams and I that go back 35 years.

I love playing this show because the music is timeless. I grew up listening to these songs and am still amazed by how well they hold up. This was a period of song writing that produced an unbelievable amount of classic hits. Within the first week of rehearsals I realized we had a pretty special band. I had previously worked with Gary Seligson on the Broadway Musical Tarzan (he was the kit player) and so I knew that Buddy, Gary, and I would work well together and I knew a few of the other orchestra players but I was really pleased to find out that the entire orchestra were great veteran musicians with wonderful attitudes. We have a great time working together and the music is flawless.”

  • LP Conga Drums (Giovanni Palladium's) on LP Cradle Stands
  • Paiste 16" 602 Crash Cymbal
  • LP Bar Chimes
  • LP Cha Cha Bell
  • Triangle
  • LP Shaker
  • Meinl Tambourines (4)
  • RhythmTech Tambourine
  • LP Tambourine
  • Piatti

Roger is a proud endorser of Latin Percussion, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, RhythmTech, and Gibraltar Hardware.

Motown - Broadway - Roger Squitero
May 2014

Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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"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."
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"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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Gene Krupa's drum solo from "Gene's Blues" from the album Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich released November 1955.

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