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The Landing - Greg Landes

Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.

Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.

“I was asked by Musical Supervisor David Loud to come on board for a brand new show that had been gestating for the last few years at The Vineyard Theatre in New York City by the legendary John Kander and his new writing partner Greg Pierce. I was told it would involve a lot of mallet playing including marimba, vibes, xylophone etc, with some percussion as well. Larry Hochman was orchestrating. As the music slowly dribbled in I could see this was going to be a very challenging percussion book. Once we got into rehearsals it was a huge challenge to quickly negotiate and figure out how I was going to play everything. My experiences with my piano and percussion duo, Synchronicity, were invaluable in figuring out the best setup and choreography to accomplish successfully playing the demanding parts.

The set up includes: 4.3 octave marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel, crotales, temple blocks, bass drum, snare drum, assorted cymbals, Mark tree, fight bell, and of course two triangles outfitted on Miller Machines. The use of the Miller Machines was absolutely imperative for performing this show. At any given time I am playing with 4 xylophone mallets, 2 yarn mallets and 2 bell mallets in my hands, or 2 snare drum sticks and a bell mallet in my hands. The use of a small violin bow on the vibraphone made for a very beautiful and haunting effect needed in the 3rd part of the show. Larry Hochman left the execution of his orchestrations in my hands which required some fancy hand and footwork to accomplish.

The show was scored for cello, woodwinds, piano, and percussion and four cast members. It was highly exposed chamber music and made for a beautifully intimate exchange between stage and orchestra and a very unique theatre experience. I have never performed a show or percussion book like this in my 20+ years working in the New York City theatre world and it was a thrilling, inspiring and joyful experience for me.”

Greg is a proud endorser of Paiste Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

The Landing - Off Broadway - Greg Landes
November 2013

Greg Landes’ setup for the Off Broadway production of The Landing at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.

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."
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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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