• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theatre and More

Dance Class - Damien Bassman

Damien Bassman’s setup for dance class accompaniment.

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Beetlejuice - Broadway - Joshua Mark Samuels

Joshua Mark Samuels' percussion setup for the Broadway production of Beetlejuice at the Winter Garden Theatre.

“Kris (Orchestrator/Music Director) wrote some really challenging and non-stop percussion parts, which included fun toys like a waterphone, boxing bell, and flexatone, just to name a few.”

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Guys and Dolls - Regional - Kory Andry

Kory Andry's setup for Guys and Dolls at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"Using Regal Tip Conga Sticks allows for movement from conga/bongos/djembe to timbales and crash cymbal."

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The Little Mermaid - Regional - Rex Lycan

Rex Lycan’s percussion setup for The Little Mermaid at the Howard Brubeck Theatre in San Marcos, California.

"There was quite a bit of Latin bongo playing in this show, as well as plenty of orchestral numbers."

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Romeo & Bernadette - Off Broadway - Jon Berger

Jon Berger’s setup for the 2020 Off-Broadway Premier of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn at A.R.T./New York Theatres in New York City.

"The score combines small snippets of Medieval music, some Big Band Swing, 2-Beat, Classical, a bit of 60's Rock, and R&B."

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Austen's Pride - Regional - Dennis J. Arcano

Dennis J Arcano's setup for Austen's Pride, a new musical of Pride and Prejudice at ACT in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

"This setup also included six foot pedals: two on the timpani, a kick drum pedal, a hi-hat pedal..."

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A Christmas Story - Tour - Laura Hamel

Laura Hamel's percussion setup for the National Tour of A Christmas Story at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California.

"A new challenge presents itself with the many pedals I have to keep track of. Between the substantial amount of timpani tuning, 128 patch changes and riding a sustain pedal, you end up tap dancing your way through the show."

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Matilda - Regional - Alec Wilmart

Alec Wilmart's setup for Matilda at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington.

"One of the coolest things about this book is the role of the Bass Drum. I can’t stress enough how important having a concert bass drum is for this show. The lower, the better."

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Waitress - Tour - Noah Hadland

Noah Hadland's setup for the 2nd National Tour of Waitress at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

"While having all the cymbals and drums to hit in a 360 setup is always fun, it's been an awesome experience to try to get the most out of this smaller setup."

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Wicked - Tour - Tim Mulligan

Tim Mulligan's drum set setup for the National Tour of Wicked at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington.

At this performance, Chris Jago was subbing for Tim.

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Into The Woods - Regional - Rex Lycan

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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Miss Saigon - Tour - Russ Nyberg

Russ Nyberg's combined book setup for the 2018-2019 National Tour of Miss Saigon at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

"I remember the learning curve being a lot steeper verses other shows because there was a bit of choreography and memorization involved. I ran the show down every day to prep as a sub and it certainly benefitted me once I played my first show."

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Spamalot - International - Petter Nilsen

Petter Nilsen’s combined book setup for Spamalot at Romerike Folkehøgskole, in Jessheim, Norway.

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Curtains - International - Rob Holinaty

Rob Holinaty’s combined book setup for Curtains at the Drury Lane Theatre in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

"I am running a microKORG as a MIDI controller through my MacBook Pro into MainStage..."

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Peter and the Starcatcher - Regional - Brad Wetmore

Brad Wetmore's setup for South Bay Musical Theater's production of Peter and the Starcatcher.

"Between the Music Director/Piano player and myself, we covered just over 60 instruments."

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Peter and the Starcatcher - Off Broadway - Deane Prouty

Deane Prouty's setup for the Off-Broadway production of Peter And The Starcatcher at New World Stages, in New York City.

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Miss Saigon - Broadway - Chihiro Shibayama

Chihiro Shibayama's percussion setup for the 2017-2018 Broadway revival of Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre.

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Seussical - Regional - Scot Sexton

Scot Sexton’s combined book setup for Seussical with Broadway Bound in Seattle, Washington.

“…I knew I would be juggling sticks, page turns, shakers, and beaters so as I was combining the books I was also working on my layout and choreography.”

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Between The Lines - Regional - Sam Wisman

Sam Wisman’s setup for the world premiere and regional tryout of Between The Lines at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.

“The styles and sounds required range from classic Broadway to swing, vaudeville, orchestral, rock, and disco.”

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In The Heights - Regional - Angel Williams

Angel Williams’ percussion setup for In The Heights at the Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Groundhog Day - Broadway - Howard Joines

Howard Joines’ setup for the Broadway production of Groundhog Day at the August Wilson Theatre.

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Kiss Me Kate - Regional - Scot Sexton

Scot Sexton’s combined book setup for the Seattle Musical Theaters production of Kiss Me Kate in Seattle, Washington.

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Cats - Broadway - Bill Lanham

Bill Lanham’s drum set setup for the 2016-2017 Broadway Revival of Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Finding Neverland - Tour - Greg Germann

Greg Germann’s combined book setup for the National Tour of the Broadway show Finding Neverland at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“The orchestra read was really fun because Elliott Kennedy, the composer and Simon Hale, the orchestrator, were open to letting me try out a few new things.”

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - International - Rob Holinaty

Rob Holinaty’s setup for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Drury Lane Theatre in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

“Incorporating the electronics has saved me a lot of space without sacrificing parts of the score.”

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Urinetown - Regional - Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts’ setup for Urinetown at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

“…This was when I was told the pit was literally a pit (no stairs, or elevators) and the only access were two ladders (one on either side)”

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Seussical - Regional - Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts’ combined book for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School production of Seussical in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

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The Little Mermaid - Regional - Ethan Deppe

Ethan Deppe’s setup for The Little Mermaid at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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Little Shop of Horrors - Regional - Skyler Fortgang

Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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Bring it On - Regional - Angel Williams

Angel Williams’ percussion setup for Bring It On at the University of Utah, Musical Theater Department in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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The Producers - International - Lindsay Kaul

Lindsay Kaul’s percussion setup for The Producers at The Players Theater in Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia.

“Due to a lack of players in a small theatre community in Regional NSW, Australia, I took up the parts of keyboard, harp, oboe and percussion.”

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Mary Poppins - International - Nick Apivor

Nick Apivor's combined set up for Mary Poppins at the Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

"As I was the only percussionist I needed to cover both percussion 1 and 2 books."

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Finding Neverland - Broadway - Joe Choroszewski

Joe Choroszewski’s drum set setup for the Broadway production of Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

"The Roland pad is mostly integrated with the acoustic kit playing sampled sounds such as concert bass drum, metal pots and pans, and power toms with reverb."

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Tarzan - Regional - Rob Fedson

Rob Fedson's setup for Tarzan at the Palace Theatre in Georgetown, Texas (Austin area).

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Allegiance - Broadway - Joe Mowatt

Joe Mowatt's setup for the Broadway production of Allegiance at the Longacre Theatre.

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Tarzan - Regional - Rob Guilford

Rob Guilford's percussion setup for Tarzan at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in White Plains, New York.

"Space was very tight in the theater, so having the malletKAT for all of the mallet and timpani parts was a lifesaver."

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In The Heights - Regional - Brett Beiersdorfer

Brett Beiersdorfer's setup for In the Heights at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, New York.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Mario DeCiutiis, Dave Roth, Matt Beaumont

Mario DeCiutiis, Dave Roth, and Matt Beaumont’s percussion setup for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City.

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Beauty and the Beast - Tour - Kevin McNaughton

Kevin McNaughton's combined setup for the touring production of Beauty and the Beast.

"We all have our ways of getting the exact sounds we want out of our instruments; here are some little adjustments I’ve made."

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Beauty and the Beast - Tour - Jaren Angud

Jaren Angud's combined book setup for the International Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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La Boheme - International - Mio Chang

Mio Chang's setup for La Boheme at the Hamming Theater in Tokyo, Japan.

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Lion King - Broadway - Carter McLean

Carter McLean's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Lion King currently running at the Minskoff Theatre.

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Kinky Boots - Broadway - Sammy Merendino

Sammy Merendino's setup for the Broadway production of Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Peter and the Starcatcher - Broadway - Deane Prouty

Deane Prouty's setup for the Broadway production of Peter And The Starcatcher at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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The Book of Mormon - Broadway - Sean McDaniel

Sean McDaniel's setup for the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

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Mamma Mia - Broadway - Ray Marchica

Ray Marchica's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Mamma Mia at the Broadhurst Theatre.

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Les Miserables - Regional - Don Sanderson

Don Sanderson's setup for The Orlando Shakespeare Theater production of Les Miserables in Orlando Florida.

"The book also calls for a scrape across a wind gong and because I don't own one I used my 20” Zildjian K Flat Ride. I tipped it sideways like a hanging gong and it works fine."

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Crazy For You - Regional - Ryan McCausland

Ryan McCausland's drum set setup for Crazy for You at the Hammonton Youth Theatre in Hammonton, New JerseyRead/See more...

Peter and the Starcatcher - Tour - Jeremy Lowe

Jeremy Lowe’s setup for the National Tour of Peter And The Starcatcher.

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Les Miserables - Regional - Guy Gauthreaux

Guy Gauthreaux's setup for Les Miserables at the Theatre Baton Rouge in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.

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Nobody Loves You - Off Broadway - Jay Mack

Jay Mack’s setup for the Off Broadway production of Nobody Loves You at the Second Stage Theatre in New York City.

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Bunty Berman Presents - Off Broadway - Adam Wolfe

Adam Wolfe's setup for the Off Broadway production of Bunty Berman Presents at The Acorn Theatre in New York City.

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