• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theatre and More

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La Boheme - International - Mio Chang


Mio Chang's setup for La Boheme at the Hamming Theater in Tokyo, Japan.

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Young Frankenstein - Regional - Jason Degenhardt

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Jason Degenhardt's setup for Young Frankenstein at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas.

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Mary Poppins - Regional - Jason Degenhardt

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Jason Degenhardt's combined book setup for Mary Poppins at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas.

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Les Miserables - Regional - Jason Degenhardt

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Jason Degenhardt's combined setup for Les Miserables at the Topeka Civic Theatre in Topeka, Kansas. This is the newer UK Tour 2009 version orchestrated for one percussionist.

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The Little Mermaid - Regional - Ethan Deppe


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

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Mary Poppins - Regional - Chris Monroe

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Chris Monroe's drum set setup for Mary Poppins at the Village Theatre in Everett, Washington.

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Mary Poppins - Regional - Alec Wilmart

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Alec Wilmart's percussion setup for Mary Poppins at the Village Theatre in Everett, Washington.

"Step In Time' is a real challenge, with some quick switches between Xylophone and Timpani, and if I had to do it all over again, I would have put the Bass Drum on the other side of the Timpani to facilitate that."

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Les Miserables - Tour - Eric Borghi

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Eric's Borghi's setup for the US and Canada touring production of Les Miserables.Read/See more...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Regional - Ed Littlefield

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Ed Littlefield's setup for the Seattle Children's Theatre production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Seattle, Washington.

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If/Then - Tour - Jay Mack

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Jay Mack's setup for the National Tour of If/Then at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

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Miss Saigon - Tour - Russ Nyberg

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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."

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Newsies - Regional - Scott Elford

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Scott Elford's percussion setup for Newsies at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin.

"My homemade glock/timp combos started out as Promark PST3's (Performer Series Maple Timpani Mallets) that I drilled out and inserted what was left of a broken pair of Promark DFP250's…"

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Kyle Maxwell-Doherty, Joshua Mark Samuels

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Kyle Maxwell-Doherty and Joshua Mark Samuels' percussion setup for the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City.

"Having the ability to perform the majority of the book on electronic percussion instruments (save the timpani) allows the rest of the band to spread out physically and save their ears in the pit. However, the main reason for the extensive use of electronic percussion is the control and flexibility it affords the section."

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Jamie Drake - Uncovered: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel

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Jamie's setup for Uncovered: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel as put on by Acting Up Stage Company in Toronto, Canada at the beautiful Koerner Hall.

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Mary Poppins - International - Nick Apivor

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Nick Apivor's combined set up for Mary Poppins at the Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

"As I was the only percussionist I needed to cover both percussion 1 and 2 books."

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Beauty and the Beast - Tour - Kevin McNaughton

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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."

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Allegiance - Broadway - Joe Mowatt

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Joe Mowatt's setup for the Broadway production of Allegiance at the Longacre Theatre.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Regional - Russ Nyberg

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Russ Nyberg's combined book setup for Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

"There are so many moments where a suspended cymbal roll or timpani hit is snuck into the middle of a groove."

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Godspell - Regional - Greg Hersey

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Greg Hersey's setup for Godspell at the Players by the Sea Theatre in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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In the Heights - Regional - Patrick Lehosky

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Patrick Lehosky's percussion setup for In the Heights at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, New York.

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen's percussion setup for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Regional - Alec Wilmart

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Alec Wilmart's drum set setup for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

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Tarzan - Regional - Rob Guilford

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Rob Guilford's percussion setup for Tarzan at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in White Plains, New York.

"Space was very tight in the theater, so having the malletKAT for all of the mallet and timpani parts was a lifesaver."

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The King and I - Broadway - Dan Haskins

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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."

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Tarzan - Regional - Rob Fedson

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Rob Fedson's setup for Tarzan at the Palace Theatre in Georgetown, Texas (Austin area).

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Fiddler On The Roof - Broadway - Kory Grossman

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Kory Grossman's combined book set up for the 2015-2016 Broadway revival of Fiddler On The Roof at the Broadway Theatre.

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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.

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

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Something Rotten - Broadway - Sean Ritenauer


Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the Broadway production of Something Rotten at the St James Theatre.

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Something Rotten - Broadway - Perry Cavari


Perry Cavari's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Something Rotten at the St James Theatre.

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Finding Neverland - Broadway - Joe Choroszewski

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Joe Choroszewski’s drum set setup for the Broadway production of Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

"The Roland pad is mostly integrated with the acoustic kit playing sampled sounds such as concert bass drum, metal pots and pans, and power toms with reverb."

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The Light In The Piazza - Concert - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller's setup for the Lincoln Center Benefit Concert of the Broadway show The Light In The Piazza.

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The Book of Mormon - London's West End - Tim Goodyer

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

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Finding Neverland - Broadway - Dave Roth

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

"One of the biggest challenges in deciding what instruments to use was deciphering Simon’s descriptions due to his London background."

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Tuck Everlasting - Regional - Jacob Bradshaw

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Jacob Bradshaw’s combined book setup for Tuck Everlasting at Hale Center Theater in Sandy, Utah.

"I combined the percussion and drum set book, which was quite the undertaking."

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Kiss Me Kate - Regional - Jeremy Logan

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Jeremy Logan's setup for Kiss Me Kate at the William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Florida.

"One of the coolest parts is in the song 'Cantiamo D’Amore' where you modulate from 7/8 to 4/4 then 2/4, all while keeping that 7 feel constant."

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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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Aladdin - London's West End - Shan Chana

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

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Hairspray - International - Tim Sellars

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Tim Sellars' drum set setup for Hairspray at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand for Showbiz Christchurch.

"You'll notice that I have a heavy set up of gear on my left side and this is due to me playing open handed."

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Hairspray - International - Craig Given

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Craig Given's percussion setup for Hairspray at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand for Showbiz Christchurch.

"I made some special double sided mallets to deal with the fast changes between glock and timpani in 'I Can Hear the Bells'"

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Ragtime - International - Craig Given

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Craig Given's combined book setup for Ragtime at the National Academy for Singing and Dramatic Art (3rd Year Students Production) in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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

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New York Spectacular at Radio City - Joshua Mark Samuels

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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."

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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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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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Fiddler On The Roof - Regional - Chris Roberts

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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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Fame - Tour - Brett Beiersdorfer

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Brett's drum-set setup for the national tour of Fame - The Musical at the Stanley Theatre in Utica, New York.Read/See more...

Little Shop of Horrors - Regional - Skyler Fortgang

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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.

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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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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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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.

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