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Pippin - Sean Ritenauer

Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.

Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.

“I am so thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary revival of Pippin. Thanks to our fantastic orchestrator, Larry Hochman, the percussion book is quite busy and a lot of fun to play. It’s a relatively diverse part that includes orchestral playing (xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, etc) , groove/pop percussion (congas, bongos, tambourines), and a nice djembe and drum set feature that I play with Jared Schonig. As a percussionist one is inevitably linked with the drummer and I can’t imagine a groovier more consistent player than Jared.

Probably the most obscure part of the book is a tune where I don’t use a score at all. I have a whole routine of sound effects in quick succession that go directly with acrobatic and circus tricks happening on stage. I have two video monitors of the stage in my setup to make this all possible. (see photos above)

There were two distinct challenges while preparing the book for the first performance. The first was figuring out the setup. The Music Box is a small pit and they really wanted to try and fit in the entire band. I wasn’t sure this would happen but thanks to the creative carpenters we maximized the limited floor space by mounting a triangle (Miller Machine hype!), wind chimes, steel plate, bell tree, stick tray, and a bass drum on the wall. After that things just fell into place. The second challenge was working out the sound effects for the circus tricks that not only sounded appropriate but also were logistically possible in quick succession.”

Sean is a proud endorser of Pearl/Adams Percussion.

Sean's Broadway Credits.

Pippin - Broadway - Sean Ritenauer
April 2013 thru January 2015

Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box 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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"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."
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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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