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Bandstand - Broadway - Adam Wolfe

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.”


Bandstand is an original, new musical currently playing the Bernard Jacobs Theater on Broadway. The score is rooted in 1940’s swing, though often through a more modern lens, touching on contemporary musical theater, more modern big band styles, and cinematic/orchestral styles. I’ve tried to add authentic (but functional) 1940's elements in both the musical and instrument choices. The TONY Winning Choreography and TONY nominated Orchestration work together beautifully.

The plot revolves around a group of WWII veterans who join together to form a small swing band in order to win a radio contest. Along the way they also deal with their war trauma. They are a band of six, consisting of piano/lead vocal, bass, drums, trumpet, trombone and sax/woodwind doubler. They play their own instruments, live, in the show every day, about 20% of the score. When the onstage drummer is playing, I’m either tacet or playing percussion. The pit is a solid 13 players and there are times in the show when we all get to play together, 19 strong, and in some of these moments we do double drums.”

Drums: DW Classics Series
  • 14”x24” Bass Drum
  • 8”x12” Small Tom
  • 16”x16” Floor Tom

Snare: DW Jazz Series (2011)
  • 6.5”x14”

Hardware and Pedals: DW
  • 9000 Series Bass Drum Pedal with Vic Firth VicKick Felt Beater
  • 9000 Series Hi-Hat Pedal
  • 9000 Series Remote Hi Hat Pedal
  • 5000 Series Turbo Bass Drum Pedal for Foot Tambourine
  • 5000 Series Cymbal Stands
  • 5100 Throne
  • Various Stackers, Arms and Clamps

Cymbals: Istanbul Mehmet
  • 13” Nostalgia Hats
  • 14” Traditional Hat Trio, Light Configuration
  • 12” Traditional Splash
  • 17” Traditional Medium Crash
  • 18” Nostalgia Crash
  • 20” Nostalgia 70’s Ride
  • 19” Nostalgia Crash/Ride with two rivets
  • 22” Empire Ride
  • 20” Traditional Swish with 20 (!) rivets

  • Vic Firth SSM Stanton Moore Autograph Model (and another pair with moleskin on the back for swizzles)
  • Vic Firth HB Heritage Brushes - Light Gauge Wire
  • Vic Firth WB Wire Brushes - Medium Gauge Wire
  • Ron Vaughn CYMM-5R Suspended Cymbal Mallets
  • Drummer’s Palette as a brush tray on the right side of the floor tom (I’m loving this!)
  • Freer K10 Linen Phenolic with Brass Inserts (only used on Bell Tree)
  • Freer Brass (also only used on Bell Tree)
  • Stoessel RW2.5 Richard Weiner 5/6” Triangle Beaters (for triangle and cymbal scrapes)

  • Evans EQ4 Calftone on Bass Drum Batter
  • Evans Calftone with Felt Strip on Bass Drum Resonant Side (no stuffing, no hole)
  • Evans Calftone for Top and Bottom of Toms
  • Evans G14 Coated Snare Batter Head

  • Meinl Artist Series Luis Conte Model Conga, Quinto and Bongos
  • RhythmTech Skratcher
  • RhythmTech Cabasa
  • Tycoon Shaker (3”)
  • Brian Nozny Sylvana Glass Chimes, High
  • LP Bell Tree
  • Meinl Recording-Combo ABS Tamourine, Dual-Alloy Jingles (played with pedal)
  • Alan Abel Small Triangle with trusty flaming hot Miller Machine
  • TreeWorks TRE35 Classic, Single Row
  • Meinl Percussion Blocks, High and Low Pitch

Our Cast Album drops on June 23rd on Broadway Records. If you’re in NYC, come check us out!

Adam is a proud endorser of Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals and check out his website. AdamWolfeMusic.com

Bandstand - Broadway - Adam Wolfe