• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theatre and More

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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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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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An American in Paris - Broadway - Andy Blanco


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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The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Regional - Paul Hansen

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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."

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Wicked - Tour - Tim Mulligan

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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.

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Dear Evan Hansen - Tour - Ryan McCausland

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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."

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Ain't Misbehavin' - Regional - Scot Sexton

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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."

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Spamalot - International - Petter Nilsen

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Petter Nilsen’s combined book setup for Spamalot at Romerike Folkehøgskole, in Jessheim, Norway.

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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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Hello, Dolly! - Broadway - Andy Blanco

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Andy Blanco’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!

“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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Seussical - Regional - Scot Sexton

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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.”

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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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Lion King - Broadway - Carter McLean

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Carter McLean's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Lion King currently running at the Minskoff Theatre.

"The best part of this show is all the styles you get to play. It has an African/Pop core and then branches off to Rock, Latin, R&B Ballads, and Big Drum breaks."

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Nick Bonaccio - Little Threepenny Music

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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...

Bandstand - Broadway - Adam Wolfe

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Adam Wolfe’s setup for the Broadway production of Bandstand at the 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 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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Nice Work If You Can Get it - Broadway - Eric Poland

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Eric Poland's drum set setup for Nice Work If You Can Get It from the 2012/2013 Broadway Revival at the Imperial Theatre.

"My goal was to get a sound closest to calf without having to deal with the upkeep and inconsistencies of natural heads.”

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Beetlejuice - Broadway - Joshua Mark Samuels

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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.”

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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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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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Memphis - Regional - Whitney Kessling

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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!”

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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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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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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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Once On This Island - Tour - Mariana Ramirez

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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."

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Cinderella - Regional - David Glover

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David Glover's setup for Cinderella at the North Allegheny Senior High School just North of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The Cradle Will Rock - New York City Center Encores! - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller's setup from the New York City Center Encores! production of The Cradle Will Rock.

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Wicked - Broadway - Matt Vander Ende

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Matt Vander Ende's drum set setup from the currently running Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

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Wicked - Broadway - Andy Jones

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Andy Jones' percussion setup from the currently running Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

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The Last Ship - Broadway - Trey Files

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Trey Files' setup for the Broadway production of Sting's The Last Ship at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Mamma Mia - Broadway - Ray Marchica

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Ray Marchica's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Mamma Mia at the Broadhurst Theatre.

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Mamma Mia - Broadway - David Nyberg

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David Nyberg's percussion setup for the Broadway production of Mamma Mia at the Broadhurst Theatre.

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Guys and Dolls - Regional - Kory Andry

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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."

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The Life - Regional - Matthew Dudek

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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."

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The Last Ship - Broadway - Joe Bonadio

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Joe Bonadio's setup for the Broadway production of Sting's The Last Ship at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Madison Square Garden - Dave Roth

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Dave Roth's percussion setup for the Madison Square Garden production of Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in New York City.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Madison Square Garden - Greg Landes

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Greg Landes' drum set setup for the Madison Square Garden production of Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Big Fish - Broadway - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller's percussion setup for the Broadway production of Big Fish at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Big Fish - Session - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller's percussion setup for the cast recording of the Broadway musical Big Fish at MSR Studios in New York City.

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Big Fish - Broadway - Perry Cavari

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Perry Cavari's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Big Fish at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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The Addams Family - Broadway - Billy Miller


Billy Miller’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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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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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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Pippin - Broadway - Sean Ritenauer

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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."

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Aladdin - Tour - Joshua Mark Samuels


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.”

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Aladdin - Tour - Danny Taylor


Danny Taylor’s drum set setup for the North American tour of Aladdin at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“I took the jingles off of an LP Cyclops Jingle Ring and placed a band of ankle bells on it instead, which I then attached to a DW Lowboy Hi Hat Pedal.”

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Aladdin - Broadway - Mike Englander


Mike Englander’s setup for the Broadway production of Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

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Aladdin - Broadway - John Redsecker

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John Redsecker’s drum set setup for the Broadway production of Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.

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