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Russ Nyberg's combined book setup for the 2018-2019 National Tour of Miss Saigon at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
"I remember the learning curve being a lot steeper verses other shows because there was a bit of choreography and memorization involved. I ran the show down every day to prep as a sub and it certainly benefitted me once I played my first show."
Patrick Lehosky's percussion setup for In the Heights at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, New York.
Paul Hansen's setup for the The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
"The Tam Tam has the mounted 'throw ‘n’ go' mallet mount."
Tim Mulligan's drum set setup for the National Tour of Wicked at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington.
At this performance, Chris Jago was subbing for Tim.
Ryan McCausland’s setup for the National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
"Being a part of this production has been an absolute dream come true for me."
Scot Sexton’s setup for the Seattle Musical Theater's production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Seattle, Washington.
"The drums I chose on this production are refurbished vintage Ludwig’s that I put Slingerland Beavertails on."
Petter Nilsen’s combined book setup for Spamalot at Romerike Folkehøgskole, in Jessheim, Norway.
Kevin McNaughton's combined setup for the touring production of Beauty and the Beast.
"We all have our ways of getting the exact sounds we want out of our instruments; here are some little adjustments I’ve made."
Scot Sexton’s combined book setup for Seussical with Broadway Bound in Seattle, Washington.
“…I knew I would be juggling sticks, page turns, shakers, and beaters so as I was combining the books I was also working on my layout and choreography.”
Paul Hansen’s setup for Ragtime at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
“Seen here are many of my usual stock effects…”
Nick’s Bonaccio'ssetup for Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music (suite from Threepenny Opera) with the Eastman Wind Ensemble in Kilbourn Hall with guest conductor Charles Peltz of the New England Conservatory. Read/See more...
Dan Haskins' percussion set up for Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The King and I, winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.
"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."
Joshua Mark Samuels' percussion setup for the Broadway production of Beetlejuice at the Winter Garden Theatre.
“Kris (Orchestrator/Music Director) wrote some really challenging and non-stop percussion parts, which included fun toys like a waterphone, boxing bell, and flexatone, just to name a few.”
Whitney Kessling’s setup for Memphis at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee.
“It was a pretty straight forward drum set show, and fortunately it used a triangle for one song, so I got to use my Miller Machine!”
Joshua's Mark Samuels' drum set setup for the New York Spectacular at Radio City.
"This show was incredible not just because the orchestra and music was fantastic, but also because during one number in the middle of the show, the percussionist and I got off the band car, changed into costumes and headed up to the stage where we ran down the aisle and performed bucket solos."
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.”
Mariana Ramirez's setup for the National Tour of Once On This Island at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
"This unique hybrid set up...combined the basic structure of a drum set (kick drum, snare drum, hi hat, and cymbals) with hand drums such as congas, bongos, djembe, and surdo, making the congas the central sound of this set up instead of the snare drum."
David Glover's setup for Cinderella at the North Allegheny Senior High School just North of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Kory Andry's setup for Guys and Dolls at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Using Regal Tip Conga Sticks allows for movement from conga/bongos/djembe to timbales and crash cymbal."
Matthew Dudek's percussion setup for Cy Coleman’s The Life at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
"Like most percussion books, the difficulty was primarily in the choreography of instrument to instrument."
Shan Chana's percussion setup for Aladdin at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.
Sean Ritenauer's setup for the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.
"Probably the most obscure part of the book is a tune where I don’t use a score at all. I have a whole routine of sound effects in quick succession that go directly with acrobatic and circus tricks happening on stage."
Joshua Mark Samuels’ percussion setup for the North American tour of Aladdin at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
“I had to figure out ways to make the rig smaller without losing any instruments, even to the point of having to crawl under the xylophone in order to get in and out of the setup itself.”