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Seussical - Brandon Levesque

Brandon Levesque’s percussion setup for Rhode Island College’s production of Seussical.

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

Brandon Levesque’s percussion setup for Rhode Island College’s production of Seussical.Brandon Levesque’s percussion setup for Rhode Island College’s production of Seussical.Brandon Levesque’s percussion setup for Rhode Island College’s production of Seussical.Brandon Levesque’s percussion setup for Rhode Island College’s production of Seussical.Brandon Levesque’s percussion setup for Rhode Island College’s production of Seussical.

“I thoroughly enjoyed playing the percussion book for Seussical. There is not too much down time and I never felt rushed. The musical has a little bit of everything in it; mallets, timpani, latin percussion and plenty of accessories. As always I needed to figure out the best way to set up so I could get to everything with relative ease. I decided to have the main music stand centered between the xylophone/bells and the latin percussion instruments (bongos, djembe, congas) since those are played most often. The timpani were set off to the back because the timpani part is not that difficult and I was still able to see the music from that distance. I placed the vibraphone off to the right-hand side with an added music stand. The vibraphone part is not as busy as the bells and xylophone.

Instruments I left out were chimes (no room so I doubled on bells) and crotales. For the crotale sound, I cut a timbale mallet down and screwed a finger cymbal to the top, using that as a mallet on the bells. It gave a different timbre instead of using a normal bell mallet on the bells.

Also, there is one marimba part which states marimba/vibraphone so I chose to play it on the vibes."

Equipment List:

  • Yamaha Timpani - 29” & 26”
  • Musser M39 Xylophone
  • Musser M645 Bells
  • Musser M48 Vibraphone
  • LP Aspire Congas - 11” & 10”
  • LP Matador Bongos
  • LP Cowbells - 2 different sizes
  • Djembe (mounted on a concert snare drum stand)
  • PDP 10" Mini Timbale
  • LP Multi-Guiro (LP 452) - used for the 3 scrapes in song 20A, measure 29
  • Meinl Luis Conte Shaker - Black
  • Grover Tambourine - German Silver/Bronze Combo
  • Miller Machine for Finger Cymbal
  • Miller Machine for Triangle
  • LP Granite Blocks (only need the top row of three)
  • LP Cabasa (used for two measures)
  • Zildjian A 15" Custom Crash
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Steve Weiss Ratchet
  • TreeWorks Chimes
  • Carroll Bell Tree
  • Acme Siren Whistle
  • Samba Whistle
  • Vibraslap
  • “Counter” Bell - took one off the counter at the school where I work
  • Pop Gun (one pop for the entire musical)
  • Rainstick

Seussical - Regional - Brandon Levesque
April 2017

Brandon Levesque’s percussion setup for Rhode Island College’s production of Seussical.

Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.
Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Greg Landes’ setup for the Pit Stop Players’ concert at Symphony Space in New York City.
"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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