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Ragtime - Craig Given

Craig Given's combined book setup for Ragtime at the National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Art (3rd Year Students Production) in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Craig Given's combined book setup for Ragtime at the National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Art (3rd Year Students Production) in Christchurch, New Zealand.Craig Given's combined book setup for Ragtime at the National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Art (3rd Year Students Production) in Christchurch, New Zealand.Craig Given's combined book setup for Ragtime at the National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Art (3rd Year Students Production) in Christchurch, New Zealand.Craig Given's combined book setup for Ragtime at the National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Art (3rd Year Students Production) in Christchurch, New Zealand.Craig Given's combined book setup for Ragtime at the National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Art (3rd Year Students Production) in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“This is a fantastic show set in America at the start of the 20th Century. It follows the intertwining stories of three families from three very different backgrounds. The story and characters are well supported by the music, with a wide range of styles throughout, including Ragtime!

The show was produced by the Christchurch NASDA Performing Arts College, which run a three year Bachelor Degree Programme in Musical Theatre. It was performed in a fairly small theatre and as such a reduced orchestra was required. The original Broadway orchestration calls for 26 musicians. We performed this with 5! A single reed player (covering many parts), upright bass, two upright pianos, and drums/percussion. The reduced orchestra and arrangements worked really well, driven by the piano parts.

I decided to take the two books (drum set and percussion) and combine as much as possible into a single book. What I ended up with was a drum set centric part with glockenspiel and lots of small percussion instruments (bells, blocks, triangles, whistles, etc) as needed to support the on-stage action and lyrics. Missing instruments were emulated when and where appropriate. For example, some timpani notes were played on toms.

A fun (but fairly dark) show with lots of contrast in the music (stylistically and dynamically) but with very few moments to stop and rest as the show is almost entirely sung thru with frequent time signature and tempo changes.”

Drums: Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz

  • 18" Bass Drum 
  • 14" Floor Tom
  • 12" Rack Tom
  • 14" Snare Drum

Cymbals:

  • Zildjian 13" Z Custom hi-hats
  • UFIP 8" Class Series Splash
  • Paiste 14" Signature Series Crash
  • Sabian 18" El Sabor Crash

Percussion:

  • Glockenspiel (custom built by Craig)
  • Cha-Cha Cowbell
  • LP Jam Block
  • Grover 4" Bronze Series Triangle with The Miller Machine
  • Grover 10" Silver/Bronze Combo Tambourine
  • Old Fire-Alarm Bell (used as a 'Trolley' bell)
  • Ratchet
  • Mark Tree
  • Temple Blocks 
  • Police Whistle
  • Siren Whistle
  • UFIP Tam-Tam
  • Zildjian Finger Cymbals (thin)
  • Brake Drum
  • Sand Paper Blocks

Ragtime - International - Craig Given
August 2016

Craig Given's combined book setup for Ragtime at the National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Art (3rd Year Students Production) in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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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