• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theater and More

Paul Keesling - Beaches

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Paul’s setup for the world premier of Beaches at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. This production was orchestrated by Lynne Shankel and music directed by Gabriel Mangiante.

“It's always a blast doing a brand new musical and Beaches is no exception. The orchestrator had some amazing ideas and I certainly keep busy the entire show with a good mixture of drum set, mallet and auxiliary playing.

The drums are Gretsch Catalina Club Series with an added Sonor 16" floor tom. The snare is a 6.5" DW Collector's Series Edge. Drum heads are Evans EQ2 on the Bass Drum, Genera HD on the Snare and Remo Vintage Emperors on the toms.

Cymbals from left to right are: 10" A Zildjian Custom Splash, 14" Zildjian K Mastersound Hats, 18" Zildjian Armand Medium Thin Crash and a Zildjian A Ping Ride.

The mallet instruments are Deagan Special 2 Octave Bells and a 2 1/2 Octave Pit Xylo.

Auxiliary percussion instruments include: Gon Bops Quinto, an LP Egg and a Soft-Shake, the Miller Machine with 6" Grover Symphonic Triangle, one high octave b crotale, two LP Jam Blocks, Pearl cowbell, Treeworks Chimes and Steve Weiss bell tree.

Hardware includes DW 5000 bass and hi hat pedals, Roc-n-Soc throne and Pearl, Tama, and Sonor hardware.

For sticks I’m using Vic Firth Shogun 5B drumsticks, Vic Firth American Custom Phenolic Bell/Xylo Mallets, Regal Tip Ed Thigpen Brushes, Zildjian John Riley Double Stick Mallets and Zildjian Multi-Rod Mezzo 1’s.

This show is a smorgasbord of styles and techniques including some tricky but fun simultaneous instrument grooves such as conga/shaker/bass drum/ hi hat and a funky 12/8 open/close triangle groove that I can easily play with a stick in order to get back to drum set, thanks to the Miller Machine.”

Check out Paul’s website.
6/10/18