• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theater and More

Ryan McCausland - Footloose

Ryan’s setup from Footloose at the Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, New Jersey.

“The Drums are a PDP Concept Maple Kit in a Red to Black Sparkle Fade. The Sizes are an 18x22 Kick, 7x8 and 8x10 Rack Toms, a 12x14 Floor Tom and a 5.5x14 Snare. The Cymbals from left to right are a set of 14” Zildjian K Hi Hats, an 18” Zildjian K Dark Crash, a 10” Zildjian A Custom Splash, an 18” Steve Weiss Brand China, an 8” Zildjian A Custom Splash, a 20” Zildjian K Ride and a 16” Zildjian K Dark Crash. The auxiliary percussion includes a set of Treeworks Tre35 Windchimes, a Pearl Tambourine, an LP Mambo Cowbell, two LP Jam Blocks (Blue and Red), a 12” LP Drum Set Timbale and an LP Ridge Rider Cowbell mounted to a pedal on the floor. 

The Hardware is a mix of DW, Yamaha, Gibraltar, and LP.

The Electronics consist of a 4 Octave Arturia Keyboard Controller, a 2009 Macbook Pro running Apple’s MainStage Software and a Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad.  

The Sticks are all Vic Firth and include a pair of SD4 Combos and SD6 Swizzle B’s.

The Heads are all Evans and include a set of Clear EC2’s on the Toms, a Coated HD Dry Head on the Snare, and an EMAD2 Head on the Kick.

For this show I combined the Drum Set and Percussion book. I used a similar setup with the electronics that I used for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown when I needed a MalletKat. I programmed the Timpani, Chimes, Bell Tree, Hand Claps and Industrial Hits on the Roland SPD-SX. For numbers like Learning To Be Silent and Can You Find It In Your Heart, I played all the mallet instruments through MainStage and sent it out through the Pad. I also used a foot pedal cowbell for the Act 1 Finale I’m Free.”

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