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How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Cast Album - Greg Landes

Greg Landes’ drum set setup for the cast album of Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom in New York City.

"The show originally opened in 2006 but we finally got to create a fantastic cast album this past August 2013."


“The wonderful music was written by Mel Marvin and orchestrated by the amazing Michael Starobin. It was scored for drumset and additional percussion elements including Mark tree, wood blocks, cowbell, caxixi, triangles, finger cymbal, crash cymbals, and large tam tam. The show also had an extensive percussion part which was played by Dave Roth. I had the joy of helping to create and play the combined drum and percussion book developed for a single player on tour. The combined book included timpani and electronics in addition to all the other extra percussion - see this past posting on Billy's website for the combined setup.

For this recording session of the original drum book, I used vintage Sonor rosewood drums with Aquarian heads throughout and a combination of Paiste cymbals that included the Dark Energy and Dry Crisp Signature lines. The more traditional sound of these drums served the music well by bridging the gap between all-out big band swing and delicate classical nuance. Of course, no fewer than 3 Miller Machines were used. 

The show originally opened in 2006 but we finally got to create a fantastic cast album this past August 2013. Original cast members Patrick Page, John Cullum and Rusty Ross all returned to recreate their parts for the recording. A 14 piece band, with most of the original members present, masterfully recorded this great music which demanded a wide and challenging range of playing styles. Some original tunes from the animated feature were included as was a song from the Ron Howard movie with Jim Carrey. Sony Classics is producing and releasing the album. Pictures from the recording sessions can be seen in the October 2013 issue of Allegro, the newspaper of New York City's local 802 Musicians’ Union. From the very first moment my involvement with this show has been a joy and blessing.”

Greg endorses both Paiste Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

August 2013