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The King and I - Broadway - Dan Haskins

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."


"In the show the music for the 'Small House of Uncle Thomas' ballet, written by dance arranger Trude Rittmann in 1951, features prominent percussion parts. The score calls for actors on stage to play various drums, blocks, gongs, cymbals and finger cymbals. I am playing a lot of these 'ethnic' percussion parts also in the pit including Rumwong and Klong Yao drums from Thailand.

The list of instruments I use is below. The most important is the Roc-N-Soc Lunar Series Gas Stool. This stool goes low enough for the drum set and high enough for the timpani. The stool has glides on the feet for a quick 'push back' from the drum set to stand up or spin around, up or down."

  • Ludwig Classic Drum-Set with four Tom Toms
  • 2 Chinese Drums (I have five in the pit to swap depending on weather conditions)
  • 2 Timpani
  • 3.5 Octave Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • Glockenspiel
  • 28” Tam Tam
  • 2 Opera Gongs (one pitch bends up - one pitch bends down)
  • 5 China Cymbals
  • 2 Crash Cymbals
  • 3 Splash Cymbals
  • 2 Miller Machines (both with finger cymbals)
  • Triangle
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • 2 separate Temple Blocks
  • Wood Block
  • 1 pair Finger Cymbals
  • Small Concert Bass Drum
  • Wood Block (attached to foot pedal)
  • Rumwong Drum
  • Klong Yao Drum

March 2016