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Seussical - Christopher Roberts

Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. 

Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

“As this was the fourth time I had played Seussical, I went into the first rehearsal feeling pretty well prepared for this production. This is always a fun show that flies by because of how much music exists in the show. However, this was the first time I was combining the books and using a primarily acoustic set up. This was something I was looking forward to as I've been enjoying playing more shows that??? a fully electric kit isn't required for space or logistic reasons.

Being in a high school, I had the feeling the pit would be a little tight. To limit my footprint, I opted to use a rack. This also helped as I was going directly into a new show the following week and wanted to work off the set up for that as much as possible. I wanted to have the ‘congas’ (triggered from a Roland TM-2) right in front of me so I could incorporate them into the mambo sections of ‘Amazing Mayzie’ and similar songs. I also used the ‘congas’ to thicken the orchestration with the jungle drums in ‘Horton Hears a Who’. This placed my toms to the right and I worked the small percussion around the drums as best I could. My LP Jam Block is mounted off the bass drum, the cowbell is mounted off a post from the rack over the floor tom, and the ratchet, triangle, and finger cymbal are located above that. My TreeWorks Chimes were placed in front of me so as to be far enough away to not hit accidentally but close enough to reach when needed.

There were a few cuts that limited the need for mallet parts, so I decided to simply trigger any necessary mallet parts from the Roland HandSonic HPD-20. I also had been asked to add sound effects (jungle sounds, wind blowing, explosion and monkeys) which I triggered from the HandSonic’s external pad.”

Drums: Yamaha Stage Custom (Natural Finish)

  • 12"x8" Rack Tom
  • 16"x15" Floor Tom
  • 22"x17" Bass Drum

Snare: Yamaha Live Custom (Emerald Green Sunburst)

  • 14"x5.5" Snare

Cymbals:

  • Zildjian 16" K Dark Custom Crash
  • Zildjian 20" K Dark Custom Ride
  • Zildjian 14" K Dark Custom Hats
  • Wuhan 10" Splash

Hardware:

  • Pearl DR-80 Drum Rack with PC-8 Rack Clamps
  • Pearl/Gibraltar Medium Weight Cymbal Arms
  • Gibraltar Multi Accessory Post
  • DW 5000 Single Bass Drum Pedal
  • Jacques Capelle Hi Hat Stand

Percussion:

  • Alan Abel 6" Symphonic Triangle mounted on a Miller Machine
  • Zildjian Heavy Finger Cymbal mounted on a Miller Machine
  • Steve Weiss Bell Tree
  • Steve Weiss Ratchet
  • LP Red Jam Block
  • LP 8" Mambo Cowbell
  • TreeWorks Single Row Chimes

Electronics:

  • Roland HandSonic HPD-20 (PDX-8 as external pad) used for mallet parts, djembe and assorted sound effects
  • Roland TM-2 Trigger Module (2 PD-105s) used for congas, Vibra-Slap, and shakers

Sticks/Mallets:

  • Vic Firth 7A Drum Sticks
  • Vic Firth SD6 (Swizzle B)
  • Vic Firth Heritage Brushes

Not Pictured:

  • Acme Siren Whistle (worn around neck)
  • LP Samba Whistle (worn around neck)
  • LP Standard Flex-A-Tone (hung off rack next to hi hat)

Seussical - Regional - Christopher Roberts
January 2017

Christopher Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

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."
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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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