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Ryan McCausland - A Chorus Line

Ryan’s percussion setup for A Chorus Line at the Montclair State University-Memorial Auditorium in Montclair, New Jersey.

“The Mallet instruments used included a 3 Octave Musser Vibraphone, a 3.5 Octave Musser Xylophone and a 2.5 Octave set of Deagan Orchestra Bells. The Chimes hanging on the cymbal stands are Musser. The Timpani are Ludwig Professional Series Timpani in sizes 32”, 29” and 26”. The Auxiliary percussion includes a set of LP Fiber Maracas, a small Meinl Turbo Cabasa mounted on the chime stand above the xylophone, 36’’ Concert Bass Drum mounted on a keyboard stand, an LP Compact Conga, a set of LP Bongos, an LP Ridge Rider Cowbell, a 6” Alan Abel Triangle Mounted on the Miller Machine, an old broken school bell mounted on a cymbal stand used in place of an anvil, two LP Jam Blocks (Blue and Red), a Pearl Tambourine and an LP Bell tree that sat atop a Pearl traps table mounted to the rack.

For mallets I used a Mike Balter Chime Mallet, A Putnam T5 Timpani Mallets, a Pair of MalletTech OR39R Rattan Xylophone Mallets, a Pair of Malletech BB34 ‘Becker Blues’ Xylophone/Bell mallets, a set of 4 Mike Balter Pro Vibe Series Birch 23BXL Medium Blue Cord Vibe Mallets and a set of Promark FK2 Brass Bell Mallets.

The Hardware is a Mixture of Yamaha, Gibraltar, and LP.

There will never be a show like A Chorus Line. There was never a dull moment. It was kind of up in the air for a little bit whether or not I could fit this setup in the pit comfortably with everyone else, but in the end I lucked out. I even managed the 32" Timpani for the Low Eb in Music And The Mirror. This is a photo of our Sitzprobe on the stage of the Theatre. I have more photos of this setup in the pit on my website and twitter page but none of the shots came out as well as this one. It was very dark and very cramped under the stage. My absolute favorite part of this show was the Montage Part 4 where I had to gliss on the timpani while continuing to keep the rock tambourine going in the other hand and accent the strong beats against my chest. It was always somewhat of a little contest every show to see how well I could pull it off. It was always the number I looked forward to the most. I was sad to see this show go, but have so many wonderful memories.”

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