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Wicked - Alex Stopa

Alex Stopa's percussion setup for Wicked at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Alex Stopa's percussion setup for Wicked at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.Alex Stopa's percussion setup for Wicked at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.Alex Stopa's percussion setup for Wicked at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.Alex Stopa's percussion setup for Wicked at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Playing Wicked at The Smith Center in Las Vegas has been a blast!

Perhaps the biggest challenge with my setup was navigating such a wide variety of unconventional instruments. Kenny Hodges in Salt Lake City sent me photos of a rack system that he built in order to mount the very specific instruments (wand, shell chimes, Tibetan goat bell, trine, etc.) that the show demands. I designed a similar rack out of metal pipe (purchased from a local hardware store) and it allowed me to play these instruments quickly and efficiently without removing them from the rack.

A Lavalier Mic ensured that everything was picked up in the mix. I placed the chimes at the front of my setup just to try something different. It worked well and made some of the quick transitions a little smoother.

The percussion book is extremely well written, creative and challenging. Big thanks to Majestic Percussion and Sabian cymbals.”

Alex is a proud sponsor of Sabian Cymbals, and Majestic Concert Percussion.

Wicked - Regional - Alex Stopa
November 2014

Alex Stopa's percussion setup for Wicked at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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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