• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theater and More

Ragtime - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen’s setup for Ragtime at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“Seen here are many of my usual stock effects…”

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Kid Victory - Regional - Greg Landes

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Greg Landes’ setup for John Kander’s Kid Victory at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.

“Michael Starobin did his usual brilliant work with the orchestrations and the drum/percussion book and I always felt challenged musically and engaged throughout the show.”

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Between The Lines - Regional - Sam Wisman

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Sam Wisman’s setup for the world premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.

“The styles and sounds required range from classic Broadway to swing, vaudeville, orchestral, rock, and disco.”

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Hello Dolly - Broadway - Andy Blanco

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Andy Blanco’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of Hello Dolly at the Shubert Theatre.

“Other than a few sections with some very fast instrument switches, the book is straight ahead and a lot of fun to play.”

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In The Heights - Regional - Angel Williams

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Angel Williams’ percussion setup for In The Heights at the Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more...

Groundhog Day - Broadway - Howard Joines

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Howard Joines’ setup from the Broadway production of Groundhog Day at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City. Read more...

Dreamgirls - Regional - Jim Reif

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Jim Reif’s drum set setup for Dreamgirls at the Village Theater in Seattle, Washington.

“The fun never stops and the train keeps on moving.”

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Dreamgirls - Regional - Alec Wilmart

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Alec Wilmart’s percussion setup for Dreamgirls at the Village Theater in Seattle, Washington.

“I listened to a lot of Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Temptations, Supremes, and Earth Wind and Fire to help prepare the different bongo and conga grooves.”

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Kiss Me Kate - Regional - Scot Sexton

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Scot Sexton’s combined book setup for the Seattle Musical Theaters production of Kiss Me Kate in Seattle, Washington. Read more...

Cats - Broadway - Dave Roth

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Dave Roth’s percussion setup for the current Broadway revival of Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre. Read more...

Cats - Broadway - Bill Lanham

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Bill Lanham’s drum set setup for the current Broadway revival of Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre. Read more...

Finding Neverland - Tour - Greg Germann

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Greg Germann’s combined book setup for the National tour of the Broadway show Finding Neverland at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“The orchestra read was really fun because Elliott Kennedy, the composer and Simon Hale, the orchestrator, were open to letting me try out a few new things.”

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Bandstand - Broadway - Adam Wolfe

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Adam Wolfe’s setup for the Broadway production of Bandstand currently running at Bernard B Jacobs Theatre in New York City.

“When the onstage drummer is playing, I’m either tacet or playing percussion.”

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - International - Rob Holinaty

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Rob Holinaty’s setup for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Drury Lane Theatre in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

“Incorporating the electronics has saved me a lot of space without sacrificing parts of the score.”

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Pajama Game - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen’s percussion setup for Pajama Game at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Read more...

Seussical - Regional - Chris Roberts

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

Evita - International - Tim Sellars

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Tim Sellars’ drum set setup for Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Evita at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“You may notice that I have the majority of my cymbals on my left side as well as a floor tom to the left of the hi-hat. This is due to me being a left hander, playing on a right handed kit.”

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Evita - International - Craig Given

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Craig Given’s percussion setup for Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Evita at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“I enjoyed being able to mix guaguanco and samba influenced conga rhythms in this tune, along with some nice opportunities for timbale fills and cascara patterns.”

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Pippin - Regional - Michael Dooley

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Michael Dooley’s percussion setup for Pippin at Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas. This is the 2006 MTI version.

“I had to pick and choose which instruments I could cover per number, using the criteria 1) ‘Can I do this and still sound good’ and 2) ‘What is the most important sound to have here’”.

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Chris Roberts - Urinetown

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Chris Roberts’ setup for Urinetown at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

“…This was when I was told the pit was literally a pit (no stairs, or elevators) and the only access were two ladders (one on either side)”

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Chris Roberts - Fiddler On The Roof

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Chris Roberts’ setup for Fiddler On The Roof at the Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

“I played around with my cymbal choices a bit but went with a 16" and 18" crash. There isn't very much ‘riding’ and I wanted the option to be able to have two crash sounds.”

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Skyler Fortgang - Little Shop of Horrors

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Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Read more...

Mike Wecker - Avenue Q

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Mike Wecker’s setup for Avenue Q at the Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey, California. Read more...

Whitney Kessling - Memphis

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Whitney Kessling’s setup for Memphis at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee. Read more...

Ethan Deppe - The Little Mermaid

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Ethan Deppe’s setup for The Little Mermaid at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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Bring it On - Regional - Angel Williams

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Angel Williams’ percussion setup for Bring It On at the University of Utah, Musical Theater Department in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more...

Craig Given - Ragtime

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“I decided to take the two books (drumset and percussion) and combine as much as possible into a single book.”

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Alex Zarzalejo - Don Juan: The Musical

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Alex's combined setup for Don Juan: The Musical at the Teatro de la Luz Philips in Madrid, Spain. Read more...

Shan Chana - Aladdin

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Shan's percussion setup for Aladdin at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.

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Tim Goodyer - Book of Mormon

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Tim's drum set setup for Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.Read more...

Brett Beiersdorfer - Fame: The Musical

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The Producers - International - Lindsay Kaul

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Lindsay Kaul’s percussion setup for The Producers at The Players Theater in Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia.

“Due to a lack of players in a small theatre community in Regional NSW, Australia, I took up the parts of keyboard, harp, oboe and percussion.”

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New York Spectacular at Radio City - Joshua Mark Samuels

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Cinderella - Regional - Richard Hilms

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Richard Hilms’ combined book set up for the National Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.Read more...

Tim Sellars - Hairspray

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Craig Given - Hairspray

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Perry Cavari - Something Rotten

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Sean Ritenauer - Something Rotten

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An American in Paris - Broadway - Andy Blanco

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Andy Blanco’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of An American in Paris at The Palace Theatre in New York City.

“An unexpected addition to a fairly standard set up of instruments is the set of tuned cowbells (almglocken).”

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Dan Haskins - The King and I

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"This was the largest orchestra running on Broadway at 29 players, and also the largest cast at 51 actors/dancers. The drum-set and percussion parts were all played by one person."

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Nick Apivor - Mary Poppins

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Joe Choroszewski - Finding Neverland

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Dave Roth - Finding Neverland

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Dave Roth’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Read more...

Kory Grossman - Fiddler On The Roof

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David Nyberg - Mamma Mia

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John Redsecker - Aladdin

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Carter McLean - Lion King

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Eric Poland - Cabaret

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Joe Beam - Mary Poppins

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Tim Collins - Next to Normal

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Debbie Minnichelli - Smokey Joe's

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Billy Miller - The Light in the Piazza

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Alec Wilmart - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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Paul Hansen - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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David Glover - Cinderella

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Joe Mowatt - Allegiance

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Greg Hersey - Godspell

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Sho Fujieda - Parade

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Scott Elford - Newsies

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Rob Fedson - Tarzan

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Matt Watson - A Christmas Story: The Musical

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Patrick Lehosky - In The Heights

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Brett Beiersdorfer - In The Heights

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Alfie Pugh - West Side Story

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Rob Power - The Little Mermaid

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Rob Guilford - Tarzan

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Michael Dooley - High School Musical

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Ed Littlefield - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Jay Mack - If/Then

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Jason Degenhardt - Young Frankenstein

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Paul Davis - Newsies

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Stevie Ray Hernandez - The X Factor USA - Big Band Week

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The Landing - Off Broadway - Greg Landes

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

“…as the music slowly dribbled in I could see this was going to be a very challenging percussion book.”

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Matilda - Broadway - Howard Joines

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Howard Joines’ setup from the Broadway production of Matilda at the Shubert Theater in New York City. Read more...

Erik Charlston - Most Happy Fella

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Nick Bonaccio - Little Threepenny Music

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Dave Roth - Evita - Buenos Aires Live

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Live performance of Dave Roth playing the percussion book for Buenos Aires from the last Broadway revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre in New York City.

Alec Wilmart - Funny Girl

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Big Fish - Broadway - Billy Miller

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