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Alec Wilmart - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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Alec's drum-set setup for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

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Instrument list for the Drum book:

  • Yamaha 4-Piece Oak Custom Drum-set (22”, 16” and 12")
  • Yamaha 14”x6” Vintage Snare
  • Zildjian 20” K Ride
  • Sabian 16” Hand Hammered Crash
  • Sabian 14” AA Hi-Hats
  • Sabian 8” AAX Splash
  • LP Jam Block - Red
  • Small Cowbell
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle (with Miller Machine!)
  • Finger Cymbal (with Miller Machine!)
  • Mark Tree
  • Bongos
  • Ratchet
  • Piatti

"This Production was re-orchestrated by Bruce Monroe, but closely resembles the 2011 Broadway revival orchestrations. Originally, I was going to use my jazz kit which is smaller and drier and tuned with less sustain but once I got into rehearsals I realized a richer, fuller sound was required in order to achieve a classic 'Hollywood Soundtrack', Big Band sound. I did my best to tune the toms deep with a medium decay in order to replicate that movie sound I was hearing, with the snare tuned with lots of snare sound, and a crisp attack. Not having played on any soundtracks myself, I relied heavily on my own ear, and the ears of our sound department.

This is essentially a Big Band book, with a lot of 'kicking' Swing figures, mixed with classic Broadway 2-beat patterns. There were several indications to 'fill', and I tried very hard to keep it simple and set up the brass the best I could. If you are new to this sort of playing, I suggest listening to recordings by Les Brown, or Count Basie from the Late 50’s, early 60’s for sound inspiration. This a very straight-forward show, and a fun opportunity to use those Big Band chops you developed back in the day!

This show includes classic songs like 'Brotherhood of Man' and 'I Believe in You.'"
5/9/18