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Into The Woods - Regional - Rex Lycan

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Rex Lycan’s setup for Into The Woods at the Old Town Temecula Theater in Temecula, California.

"At the end of the second act and at the end of 'Maybe They're Magic' there are tons of quick switches between snare drum and bells/xylophone. In order to achieve these difficult changes…"

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"There are a lot of rests but It's important that you still count. I used the keyboard for electronic drums, chimes, and timpani. If I ever did this show again I would put the ratchet closer to the bass drum and the keyboard and suspended cymbal closer to each other. There is hardly any timpani in this show so don't be afraid to use a sample pad or a keyboard.

At the end of the second act and at the end of 'Maybe They're Magic' there are tons of quick switches between snare drum and bells/xylophone. In order to achieve these difficult changes, I played the snare drum with bell/xylophone mallets so I could quickly switch over and play bells.

The Miller Machine helped a lot during "Hello, Little Girl" when there are already a ton of fast switches between timpani mallets and brushes (trying to juggle a triangle beater in there would be near impossible).

For crotales, I played the bells with finger cymbals. The conductor said it sounded just like the real thing. In this show, percussion plays a lot of sound effects. Whenever a magic bean is thrown, for example, there's a xylophone gliss. Also, the concert bass drum is used for the footsteps of the giant in the second act.

This was a really fun show to play."

Gear list:
Ross 3.5 Octave Kelon Xylophone
Musser Bells
Pearl Piccolo Snare
Ludwig Maple Toms
Ludwig Concert Bass Drum
Latin Percussion Granite Blocks
Ratchet
Latin Percussion Cowbell
TreeWorks 6” Triangle with Miller Machine
Brake Drum (from my dads old truck)
Sandpaper Blocks with 3M Sandpaper 
Bell Tree

Cymbals:
Zildjian A Custom 18” Crash (suspended)
Zildjian A Custom 12” Splash
Zildjian A Custom 6” Splash
Zildjian A Custom 14” Hi-Hats
Zildjian Thin Finger Cymbals

Electronics:
Roland Juno GI Mobile Synthesizer

Mallets:
Generic Snare Drum Sticks
Mike Balter 10B Xylo/Bell Mallets
Vic Firth M5 Rubber Mallets
Vic Firth M183 Marimba Mallets (for suspended cymbal)
Vic Firth HB Brushes
Innovative Percussion James Ross IP908 Brass Mallets
Double-sided Bell Mallets (plastic and rubber)
Vic Firth American Custom T3 Staccato Timpani Mallets
Travis Barker Double Sticks/Mallets
Janson Percussion Ludwig Payson Model Bass Drum Rollers

March 2019

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