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Giancarlo de Trizio - The Book of Mormon

Giancarlo’s setup for the National Tour of The Book of Mormon.


My goal as the touring drummer for The Book of Mormon was to match the sound palette that Sean McDaniel, the drummer for the Broadway production, had chosen for the show. I believe that whenever a show is taken on the road after it opens on Broadway, it is our duty as touring musicians to keep it as consistent as possible with the original production. This way audiences around the country can experience what people experience in New York City. 

The music from The Book of Mormon contains a variety of styles and many featured drum sections which makes the show extremely fun and challenging to play. The set up I use is very essential and complex at the same time: in addition to a 5 piece drum kit, it contains auxiliary percussion and electronics. There's a Roland SPD-SX (drum controller) on my left side which triggers clicks, sound effects and loops. Most of the loops are sampled percussion which blend sonically with what I play live on the Djembe and the Drum Kit. It is all mixed to sound like a full percussion section! The set up also includes a cowbell, LP Jam Block, tambourine, caxixi and wind chimes to add layers to the musical texture. I use Triangle and Finger Cymbal Miller Machines for rapid passages in some orchestral sections between rock tunes.

Here is a detailed set-up list:

Pearl Reference Drums: 22" Bass Drum, 14" Snare Drum, 10" and 12" Rack Toms and a 14" Floor Tom

Zildjian Cymbals: 14" K Hi-Hats, 18" A Custom Crash, 12" A Custom Rezo Splash, 22" K Custom Medium Ride, 17" A Custom Crash, 8" FX Oriental China ‘Trash’

Remo Designer Series Key-Tuned 14" Djembe 

Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad

TreeWorks Concert Chime
LP Jam Block, Rock Cowbell, Cyclops Mountable Tambourine and Flex-A-Tone (large)

Meinl Rattan Caxixi (large)

Two Miller Machines - One with finger cymbal and one with triangle

Vic Firth ‘Tony Royster’ signature model, SD12”

Giancarlo proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Heads and Vic Firth Sticks.

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