• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theatre and More

Craig Given - Ragtime

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“I decided to take the two books (drumset and percussion) and combine as much as possible into a single book.”

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Alex Zarzalejo - Don Juan: The Musical

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Alex's combined setup for Don Juan: The Musical at the Teatro de la Luz Philips in Madrid, Spain. See more...

Hairspray - International - Tim Sellars

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Tim Sellars' drum set setup for Hairspray at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand for Showbiz Christchurch.

"You'll notice that I have a heavy set up of gear on my left side and this is due to me playing open handed."

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Cabaret - Broadway - Eric Poland

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Joe Mowatt - Allegiance

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Greg Hersey - Godspell

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Sho Fujieda - Parade

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Ed Littlefield - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Jay Mack - If/Then

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Jason Degenhardt - Young Frankenstein

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Nick Bonaccio - Little Threepenny Music

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Alec Wilmart - Funny Girl

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Jon Berger - Tim and Scrooge

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Kevin McNaughton - Beauty and the Beast

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Jordan Holley - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Jamie Drake - Uncovered: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel

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Joe Bonadio - The Last Ship

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Damien Bassman - Up Here

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Benny Koonyevsky - The Bridges Of Madison County

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Sammy Merendino - Kinky Boots

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Andy Sullivan - Spamalot

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Landon Baker - Ringling Bros. Circus

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Bob Kogut - Avenue Q

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Matt Windon - Young Frankenstein

Matt's setup for Young Frankenstein at the Younts Center for Performing Arts in Fountain Inn, South Carolina.  

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"I was using my Pearl Masters MCX on the gig. 20" Bass Drum, 12" and 14" Toms and an Aspen Drum Company Snare. I have three Snares that are my 'go to' drums for shows: the 60's Supraphonic, an Odery 13"x6" that just has the perfect crack for a rock show and the Aspen. This one packs so much color, tone and projection into one drum. It was fantastic to capture the Big Band style and grab the Folk style music at the kit.

The cymbals on this gig were my Paiste Dark Energy Series. I had my 14" Hats, 8" Splash, 16" and 15" Crashes and a 21" Ride. These are some of my favorite cymbals on the market. They blend with a beautiful tone and sustain and the crashes respond quick, double as a suspended and can handle some heavy hits for their size. They sound great under a mic and amazingly live with a full orchestra. I've rarely used the 17" or 18".

I was using Vater 8A's, Brushes and Swizzle Sticks, Aquarian Modern Vintage Heads on the Toms, Aquarian TC1 on the Snare and an Aquarian Deep Vintage II on the Bass Drum.

In between my Hi-Hats and Tom were my LP Stealth Jam Block, a higher pitched LP Anniversary Block and an LP Cowbell. It's a blessing and a curse to have them in all black. I also mounted a Pearl Tambourine on the boom stand that housed the gems of my setup, the Miller Machines.

I borrowed your suggestion on the Favorite Mounts from your Setup Shots website and used the Pearl ADP30 mount to get the triangle and finger cymbal machines on one mount. This was a great combo and eliminated some stick changes, while producing excellent tones!

The snare drum above is one of my favorites. I have a bit of a snare drum... Hobby. That's a safe word to keep me out of an asylum and prevent my wife from trying to convince me to sell some and not replace each one with two new ones.

It was a PASIC purchase from my college years. I was drawn towards the drum by one that Andy Reamer used with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Around the time of purchase, the hot items were the Pearl Philharmonic drums and Black Swamp Drums with one strainer and trio units. I loved the idea of being able to use three different strainers to change my sound at the drum. It was a secondary concert drum for me when I originally made the purchase. The construction is fairly simple. It's a ten ply, maple shell with die cast hoops and three Dunnett strainers. The snare combo is composed of the Patterson Blues, wire and Pure Sound Snappy. As my collection of drums expanded and my pit space became more limited, this drum found a few adjustments to the tuning and tension on the snares and worked its way into more pits. It still sounds beautiful with an orchestra, but it just fills that void for us drummers who want the sounds of multiple drums and are limited on space. I am always looking for new ways to achieve the most authentic sounds possible and this was one of my more successful attempts.

On two side notes, I think the ideal snare drum would be the former GMS Concert Model with a different snare combo, snappy and something darker. I believe Steve Gadd had a two strainer drum a while back as well. Those could be modified to be excellent for those of us who aren't in the studio and attempting to have that orchestral sound and the drum set sound out of one snare."


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Don Sanderson - Spamalot

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Phil Martin - The Book of Mormon

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Erik Charlston - A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder

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Chris Monroe - Mary Poppins

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Ray Marchica - Mamma Mia

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Jeff Snider - The Addams Family

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Jeff's setup from the National Tour of The Addams Family.

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Bill Lanham - Evita

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Sean McDaniel - The Book of Mormon

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Giancarlo de Trizio - In The Heights

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Patrick Morrow - The Color Purple

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Brett Beiersdorfer - Beauty and the Beast

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Taylor Goodson - Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

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Brett Beiersdorfer - Avenue Q

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Rich Rosenzweig - On The Town

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Paul Pizzuti - Peter Pan Live!

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Rick Donato - Dirty Dancing

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Alec Wilmart - A Chorus Line

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Joe Mowatt - Vanities

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Joel Morris - Bull Durham

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Don Sanderson - Les Miserables

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Michael Blancaflor - Found: A New Musical

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Ryan McCausland - Analog & Vinyl

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Billy Miller - Most Happy Fella

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Damien Bassman - If/Then

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Don Sanderson & Matt Ohrberg - Big Fish

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Walter White - Sentimental Journey Orchestra

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Danny Young - We Will Rock You

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Greg Landes - Synchronicity/Original Music

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Jason Degenhardt - Mary Poppins

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Jacob Levitin - Circus Smirkus

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Jamie Drake - John And Jen

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Jim Reif - The Tutor

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Aaron Staebell - Young Frankenstein

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Justin Akira Kono - Ragtime

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John Rucker - Big: The Musical

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Josh Brown - Review Show

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Ryan McCausland - Carousel

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Mark Howard - The Drowsy Chaperone

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Heinrich Kruse - West Side Story

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Michael Blancaflor - Les Miserables

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Murph Aucamp - Floyd Collins

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Paul Keesling - Beaches

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Ryan McCausland - Urinetown

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Katie Steinhauer - Bring It On: The Musical

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Ryan McCausland - Footloose

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Mark Carson - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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Giancarlo de Trizio - The Book of Mormon

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Matthew Dudek - Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Mio - Die Fledermaus

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Katie Steinhauer - A Year with Frog and Toad

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David Edricks - LMNOP

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Hal Davis - Happy Days

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Ryan McCausland - Little Shop of Horrors

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Clay Barnum - Avenue Q

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Jay Mack - Little Miss Sunshine

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Brian Boyce - Broadway Under The Stars

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Jason Degenhardt - Parade

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James Pingenot - Iron Curtain

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Greg Landes - How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

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Jon Ball - Summer of '42

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Mike Drake - Side Show

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Jon Ball - Really Rosie & The World Goes 'Round

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Jared Schonig - Pippin

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Jason Degenhardt - Les Miserables

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Jay Mack - Nobody Loves You

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Billy Miller - The Cradle Will Rock

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Charlie Descarfino - Far From Heaven

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Spencer Goad - The Fantasticks

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Brad Wetmore & Dori Shimer - Funny Girl

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David Lotfi - Next To Normal

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Billy Miller - Lyrics and Lyricists

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Jon Berger - Pulse

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Brandon Miller - Cats

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Adam Wolfe - Bunty Berman Presents...

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Jason Degenhardt - Next To Normal

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Spencer Goad - The Music Man

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Zac Stowell - Bat Boy: The Musical

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Josh Brown - King of the Road

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James Pingenot - Marie Christine

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Eric Wagner - Fiddler On The Roof

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Mike Deutsch - Into The Woods

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Zac Stowell - Next to Normal

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Drew Lang - Fiddler On The Roof

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Pete DeSalvo - White Christmas The Musical

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Nick Coulter - The Wizard Of Oz

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Greg Landes - How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

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Joe Mowatt - Bare

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Tim McMahon - How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

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Dennis J. Arcano - New Haven Symphony

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Mike Drake - This Beautiful City

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Joe Mowatt - Now. Hear. This.

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Russ Nyberg - Chicago

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Ross Hamilton - Honk! The Musical

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Billy Miller - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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Spencer Goad - Once Upon A Matress

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Mark O'Kain - Mary Poppins

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Russ Nyberg - Beauty and the Beast

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Billy Miller - Mary Poppins

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Russ Nyberg - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Phil Coiro - A Chorus Line

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Rick Donato - West Side Story

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Russ Nyberg - How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

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James Pingenot - Into the Woods

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Joshua Mark Samuels - Honk! The Musical

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Billy Miller - Elaine Stritch

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Mark O'Kain - You're A Good Man Charlie Brown

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Eric Poland - Death Takes A Holiday

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Joe Mowatt - Party Come Here

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LoveMusik - Broadway - Billy Miller

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