• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theatre and More

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen's setup for the The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

"The Tam Tam has the mounted 'throw ‘n’ go' mallet mount."

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Dirty Dancing - Tour - Ryan McCausland

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Ryan McCausland's percussion setup for the National Tour of Dirty Dancing at the Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania.

"Because the orchestra is meant to play a role in the show, many of us were worked into certain scenes and have onstage appearances during certain numbers."

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Pippin - Regional - Will Marinelli

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Will Marinelli's percussion setup for the Hightstown High School's production of Pippin in Hightstown, New Jersey.

"Just prior to downbeat on our final show, the soundboard died."

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Bright Star - Tour - Steve Bartosik and Joe Mowatt

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Joe Mowatt on Steve Bartosik’s setup for the National Tour of Bright Star.

"The use of a Remo Frame Drum on a towel on top of the floor tom made for a perfect ‘suitcase’ sound when played with Promark Broomsticks."

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Aladdin - Tour - Joshua Mark Samuels

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Joshua Mark Samuels’ percussion setup for the North American tour of Aladdin at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“I had to figure out ways to make the rig smaller without losing any instruments, even to the point of having to crawl under the xylophone in order to get in and out of the setup itself.”

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Aladdin - Tour - Danny Taylor

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Danny Taylor’s drum set setup for the North American tour of Aladdin at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

“I took the jingles off of an LP Cyclops Jingle Ring and placed a band of ankle bells on it instead, which I then attached to a DW Lowboy Hi Hat Pedal.”

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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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Groundhog Day - Broadway - Howard Joines

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Howard Joines’ setup from the 2017 Broadway production of Groundhog Day at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City.

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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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Cats - Broadway - Dave Roth

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Dave Roth’s percussion setup for the 2016-2017 Broadway revival of Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Bandstand - Broadway - Adam Wolfe

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Adam Wolfe’s setup for the Broadway production of Bandstand at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre in New York City.

“When the onstage drummer is playing, I’m either tacet or playing percussion.”

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - International - Rob Holinaty

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Rob Holinaty’s setup for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Drury Lane Theatre in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

“Incorporating the electronics has saved me a lot of space without sacrificing parts of the score.”

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Evita - International - Craig Given

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Craig Given’s percussion setup for Showbiz Christchurch’s production of Evita at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“I enjoyed being able to mix guaguanco and samba influenced conga rhythms in this tune, along with some nice opportunities for timbale fills and cascara patterns.”

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The Little Mermaid - Regional - Ethan Deppe


Ethan Deppe’s setup for The Little Mermaid at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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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. See more...

Aladdin - London's West End - Shan Chana

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Shan Chana's percussion setup for Aladdin at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.See more...

Book of Mormon - London's West End - Tim Goodyer

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Tim Goodyer's drum set setup for Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.See more...

The Producers - International - Lindsay Kaul

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Lindsay Kaul’s percussion setup for The Producers at The Players Theater in Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia.

“Due to a lack of players in a small theatre community in Regional NSW, Australia, I took up the parts of keyboard, harp, oboe and percussion.”

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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.

"This show was incredible not just because the orchestra and music was fantastic, but also because during one number in the middle of the show, the percussionist and I got off the band car, changed into costumes and headed up to the stage where we ran down the aisle and performed bucket solos."

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Hairspray - International - Craig Given

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Craig Given's percussion setup for Hairspray at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand for Showbiz Christchurch.

"I made some special double sided mallets to deal with the fast changes between glock and timpani in 'I Can Hear the Bells'"

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Something Rotten - Broadway - Sean Ritenauer

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Sean Ritenauer's percussion setup for the 2015/2017 original Broadway production of Something Rotten at the St James Theatre.

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Smokey Joe's Cafe - Regional - Debbie Minnichelli

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Debbie Minnichelli's percussion setup for Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Stage Door Repertory Theatre in Anaheim, California.

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Tarzan - Regional - Rob Fedson

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Rob Fedson's setup for Tarzan at the Palace Theatre in Georgetown, Texas (Austin area).

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Regional - Alec Wilmart

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Alec Wilmart's drum set setup for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

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Tarzan - Regional - Rob Guilford

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Rob Guilford's percussion setup for Tarzan at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in White Plains, New York.

"Space was very tight in the theater, so having the malletKAT for all of the mallet and timpani parts was a lifesaver."

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Next to Normal - International - Tim Collins

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Tim Collins' setup for Next to Normal at Macquarie University in New South Wales, Australia.

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Tarzan - Regional - Angel Williams

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

Side Show - Broadway Cast Album - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller's percussion setup for the cast album session at Avatar Studios, New York City, for the 2014/2015 Broadway Revival of Side Show.

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Les Miserables - Regional - Jaren Angud

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Jaren Angud's setup for Les Miserables at the Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.See more...

Wicked - Broadway - Andy Jones

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Andy Jones' percussion setup from the currently running Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

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Aladdin - Broadway - Mike Englander

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Mike Englander’s setup for the Broadway production of Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.See more...

Lion King - Broadway - Carter McLean

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Carter McLean's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Lion King currently running at the Minskoff Theatre.

"The best part of this show is all the styles you get to play. It has an African/Pop core and then branches off to Rock, Latin, R&B Ballads, and Big Drum breaks."

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Mamma Mia - Broadway - David Nyberg

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David Nyberg's percussion setup for the Broadway production of Mamma Mia at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City.

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Side Show - Broadway - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller's percussion setup for the 2014/2015 Broadway Revival of Side Show at the St. James Theatre in New York City.

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Dirty Dancing - Tour - Miles Lassi

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Miles Lassi's percussion setup for the National Tour of Dirty Dancing at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, Lousiana.See more...

Matilda - Broadway - Howard Joines

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Howard Joines’ setup from the 2013-2017 Broadway production of Matilda at the Shubert Theater in New York City. See more...

Aladdin - Broadway - John Redsecker

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John Redsecker’s drum set setup for the Broadway production of Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.

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Motown The Musical - Broadway - Roger Squitero

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Roger Squitero's hand drum setup for the Broadway production of Motown The Musical.See more...

Vanities - Regional - Dale Baker

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Dale Baker's setup for a production of Vanities at the Theatre Raleigh in Raleigh, North Carolina.See more...

Tony Thackery - Shrek The Musical

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Big Fish - Broadway - Perry Cavari

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Perry Cavari's drum set setup for the Broadway production of Big Fish at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Pippin - Broadway - Sean Ritenauer

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Nice Work If You Can Get it - Broadway - Eric Poland

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Eric Poland's vintage drum set setup for Nice Work If You Can Get It from the 2012/2013 Broadway production at the Imperial Theatre in New York City.

"My goal was to get a sound closest to calf without having to deal with the upkeep and inconsistencies of natural heads.”

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Evita - Broadway - Dave Roth

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Dave Roth's percussion setup for the revival of Evita on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre.See more...

The Addams Family - Broadway - Billy Miller

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Billy Miller’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City. See more...
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