• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theater and More

Seussical - Regional - Brandon Levesque

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Brandon Levesque’s percussion setup for Rhode Island College’s production of Seussical.

"For the crotale sound, I cut a timbale mallet down and screwed a finger cymbal to the top, using that as a mallet on the bells."

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Sweeney Todd - Regional - Sam Wisman

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Sam Wisman’s combined book setup for Sweeney Todd at Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

"I mount as much as possible from STRONG cymbal stands and stack cymbals to save space and allow easy one handed rolls."

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Dreamgirls - Regional - Alec Wilmart

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Alec Wilmart’s percussion setup for Dreamgirls at the Village Theater in Seattle, Washington.

“I listened to a lot of Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Temptations, Supremes, and Earth Wind and Fire to help prepare the different bongo and conga grooves.”

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Dreamgirls - Regional - Jim Reif

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Jim Reif’s drum set setup for Dreamgirls at the Village Theater in Seattle, Washington.

“The fun never stops and the train keeps on moving.”

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Seussical - Regional - Scot Sexton

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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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Ragtime - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen’s setup for Ragtime at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“Seen here are many of my usual stock effects…”

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Kid Victory - Regional - Greg Landes

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Greg Landes’ setup for John Kander’s Kid Victory at the Vineyard Theatre in New York City.

“Michael Starobin did his usual brilliant work with the orchestrations and the drum/percussion book and I always felt challenged musically and engaged throughout the show.”

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Between The Lines - Regional - Sam Wisman

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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

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

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Kiss Me Kate - Regional - Scot Sexton

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

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Pajama Game - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen’s percussion setup for Pajama Game at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Read more...

Seussical - Regional - Chris Roberts

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

Pippin - Regional - Michael Dooley

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Michael Dooley’s percussion setup for Pippin at Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas. This is the 2006 MTI version.

“I had to pick and choose which instruments I could cover per number, using the criteria 1) ‘Can I do this and still sound good’ and 2) ‘What is the most important sound to have here’”.

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Urinetown - Regional - Chris Roberts

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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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Fiddler On The Roof - Regional - Chris Roberts

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Chris Roberts’ setup for Fiddler On The Roof at the Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

“I played around with my cymbal choices a bit but went with a 16" and 18" crash. There isn't very much ‘riding’ and I wanted the option to be able to have two crash sounds.”

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Memphis - Regional - Whitney Kessling

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Whitney Kessling’s setup for Memphis at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee.

“It was a pretty straight forward drum set show, and fortunately it used a triangle for one song, so I got to use my Miller Machine!”

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Bring it On - Regional - Angel Williams

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

New York Spectacular at Radio City - Joshua Mark Samuels

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Joshua's Mark Samuels' drum set setup for the New York Spectacular at Radio City.Read more...

Cinderella - Regional - Richard Hilms

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Richard Hilms’ combined book set up for the National Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.Read more...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Regional - Russ Nyberg

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Beauty and the Beast - Regional - Angel Williams

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Angel Williams’ percussion setup for the Herriman Arts Councils production of Beauty and the Beast in Herriman, Utah. Read more...

Tarzan - Regional - Angel Williams

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Angel Williams’ combined book setup for Tarzan at the Kensington Theatre Company in South Jordan, Utah. Read more...

Peter and the Starcatcher - Regional - Brad Wetmore


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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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Crazy For You - Regional - Ryan McCausland

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

Tony Thackery - Shrek The Musical

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The Pit Stop Players - Greg Landes

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Greg Landes’ setup for the Pit Stop Players’ concert at Symphony Space in New York City. Read more...
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