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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Regional - Will Marinelli

Will Marinelli's percussion setup for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York


Below - Will’s custom made sandpaper blocks mounted in chime rack hole


Below - “Here is the original setup I had in rehearsals before we moved into the pit. I thought this might be useful for people to see and compare with what I changed when I moved into the theatre. The snare drum got cut after the preview performance.”


“Playing a show like How to Succeed can be both a challenge and a lot of fun. For me, the challenge came when trying to find a setup that worked best for me. The setup pictured here was not the original one I used in rehearsals. When we moved into the pit, I had to move some of the bigger instruments around and relocate several of the smaller instruments due to limited space. It was also very difficult to find where to place some of the hand-held instruments, but I found a few unique solutions such as hanging the finger-cymbals on the chime rack and placing one of the sandpaper blocks in the rack holes of the chime rack so I can play them with just one hand.

The fun definitely comes from playing the beautiful orchestrations from this beautiful Frank Loesser score. I love being able to play a quirky xylophone glissando or a relaxed vibraphone phrase to add to the texture of whatever is happening onstage. I also love using a hand-held instrument to highlight certain aspects of the drama, or delivering powerful hits on the timpani or bongos and timbales to drive a scene along. It is truly a pleasure to be playing this classic Broadway score for the music and theatre loving community in Ithaca.

Included in this setup are a few vintage instruments. They include a Deagan 592 ‘Commander’ Vibraphone, several Deagan Cathedral Chimes on a Musser rack and a Royal 10 Typewriter which was provided by the Theatre Department. These instruments are a big part of how I am able to achieve the vintage sounds of the era that How to Succeed takes place in.”

  • Yamaha 29” and 26” 6100 Series Timpani
  • Musser M51 3.5 Octave Kelon Xylophone
  • Deagan Cathedral Chimes on a Musser Chime Rack
  • Zildjian 18" Classic Orchestral Suspended Cymbal
  • Remo 6” and 8” Rototoms (in place of Bongos) with Moongel
  • LP M257 Matador Series Steel Timbales 14/15
  • Pearl 14” x 6.5” Symphonic Series Snare Drum with Moongel
  • Grover 10” Double Row Beryllium Copper Tambourine
  • Ron Vaughn 4.5 North American Cherry Woodblock
  • LP Standard Wood Cabasa
  • Black Swamp 4” Artisan Triangle
  • Steve Weiss Brand Finger Cymbals
  • Custom Made Sand Blocks
  • Vic Firth American Custom T3 Timpani Mallets
  • Innovative James Ross IP904 Xylophone Mallets
  • Malletech Orchestral Series OR48 Glockenspiel Mallets
  • Malletech Mike Mainieri MM17 Vibraphone Mallets
  • Vic Firth American Custom SD1 Snare Drum Sticks
  • Ron Vaughn Cymbal Mallets
  • Vater 1/2” Hickory Timbale Sticks
  • Stoessel Green Triangle Beater