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Side Show - Mike Drake

Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.

"The yellow piece of foam? The book called for one, and only one, anvil strike in the middle of a tune, and it was a last minute decision. I do not own an anvil, so I had to find one that day! I found a piece of galvanized pipe that is about 6" long and 2" in diameter in my ‘stash’ of things on my workbench. I also grabbed a 1/2 inch wrench extension about 12" long to use to hit the pipe (you can see it on the bottom left of the foam), which ended up sounding great! I then needed something to suspend the pipe. I grabbed a foam sponge that I use to wash my dogs, cut out the inside with a utility knife, so that the pipe would resonate more (don't worry, I have since bought a new sponge for the dogs!) and suspended the pipe in the sponge. I had to play the note in the middle of a groove, so I would keep the groove going with the right hand, put down the left stick, pick up the extension rod and play the ‘anvil’ strike with the left hand, put the rod back down and pick up the stick and keep playing the groove. My improvised anvil sounded really good, and the Musical Director was happy, so, a good decision!

I attached both the (plastic) wood block and tambourine to the music stand, the ratchet to the hi-hat stand, and The Miller Machine to the left cymbal stand. I use my trap case with a towel over it to hold my sticks, brushes, mallets, ‘anvil’, wallet, sweets, junk, etc.

The book calls for a lot of mallets on cymbals, as well as grooves, so what to do? I got a pair of Vic Firth sticks/mallets (I don't remember what model number, I sanded it off), however, the balls were too hard for what I needed so I wrapped the balls in two layers of felt, and tied them off with Trilene XL 12lb fishing line. This threw the balance of the sticks off, so I locked the beads of the sticks in a drill chuck, and holding the drill in one hand and sand paper in the other, I sanded down the shoulders on the sticks to make a great pair of well-balanced stick/mallets, QED! I initially made these mallets to play 42nd Street as I had to play a lot of tympani and kit groove stuff without the luxury of being able to switch between sticks and tympani mallets quickly enough. I then found that they were perfect for Side Show so I used them.

One thing I've learned over the years of playing shows, is that there is no right or wrong way to do a set-up, just better ways, and I am constantly challenged to find new and better set-ups for every show I play. It keeps things interesting, and it never gets boring.

The drums are a Yamaha Custom Recording kit with 12", 14", 15" Toms, a 14" Snare, a 20" Bass Drum, and a mixture of Zildjian and Sabian cymbals.

Shows typically don't have much room for drums, so I always use smaller dimension drums and when miked they sound great!"

Mike is a proud endorser of Yamaha Drums and is one of the drum instructors at the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas.

Mike has published two books on Jazz drumming.
Out On All Limbs Volume 1: Triplet Stickings can be purchased at Lone Star Percussion.
Out On All Limbs Volume 2: Duplet Stickings can be purchased at Lone Star Percussion.

Side Show - Regional - Mike Drake
August 2013

Mike Drake's set up for Side Show at the Casa Mañana Theater, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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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