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Lion King - Broadway - Carter McLean

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."

“Lion King is a really demanding book technically but it is also really fun to play. It has a lot of Peter Gabriel type ‘In Your Eyes’ grooves and some Steve Gadd types of patterns. A few sections are great for keeping your hands up to speed. One song ‘Can’t Wait To Be King’ has a medium/up tempo shuffle in the left hand on snare while playing up beats on the floor tom with the right hand. 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.

I use the Roland SPD 30 to trigger orchestral crash, woodblock effects, Electronic 808 dance type of kit plus a remote V drum pad above the hi hat for tambourine and other effects during the show.

I can’t say enough about the snare I’m using at the show. Ronn Dunnett makes my drums and that one is a 6.5x14 stainless steel drum with die cast hoops. He makes unbelievably versatile instruments and also complete drum sets now with George Way drums.

I’m also a very proud Zildjian artist. The people at Zildjian are world class individuals and Paul Francis is a true craftsman."

DW Drums
  • 10”,12”,14”,16” and 22” maple
Remo Clear Vintage Emperors on the toms
Remo Coated CS Dot on the snare
Remo Clear Powerstroke 3 on the kick

Zildjian Cymbals (left to right)
  • 15" K Prototype Hats
  • 19" Constantinople Crash/Ride
  • 9" Oriental Splash
  • 21" Dark Complex Dry Ride 
  • 20" K China 
  • 22" K China 
  • 6.5x14 Dunnett Stainless Steel with diecast hoops. 
He (Ronn Dunnett) makes the best drums I have ever played, and I proudly endorse Dunnett/George Way drums. Trying to get a new set in the theatre to replace the DW's.

  • Palongo 12" Hand Drum from Ghana
  • DW 26" Orchestral Bass Drum
  • LP Granite Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Shakers
  • Caxixi
Roland SPD Pads and V Drum Pad

Vic Firth Sticks
  • 3A
  • Rute 202
  • Rute 505
  • 5A Dual-Tone

"I also endorse Earthworks Mics and Westone In-Ear Monitors which are both unbelievable company's. Amazing stuff."

December 2014