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Paul Hansen - A Chorus Line

Paul’s setup for The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line in Seattle, Washington.


A Chorus Line has been a show I’m always happy to revisit every 10 years or so. I first played this book in 1981 when the original National Tours were still bouncing around the country, and my approach hasn’t changed much since then. The core of this simple layout conforms to the usual basic setup I’ve used for many years: Timps to left, bells, then vibes with xylophone stacked over, you’ll find this in 90% of my layouts. (compare this to my Christmas Story setup - coming soon) Keep it close, gang. The one thing I also point out to students tackling this show for the first time is make sure your tambourine has a lot of sharp punch to it, but is light enough to keep an intense rock beat going for several pages. No hiding on this one.”

  • 2 Timpani
  • Glock
  • Xylophone
  • Vibes
  • Chimes (B, C, E and Eb)
  • Medium Tom Tom
  • Gran Cassa
  • 2 Congas
  • Bongos
  • 2 Woodblocks (Tick Tock effect)
  • Cowbell
  • 2 Triangles
  • Tambourine (a good rock instrument)
  • Afuche
  • Maracas
  • Bell Tree
  • Bell Plate (Old Carroll style)