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Matthew Dudek - The Life

Matthew’s setup for Cy Coleman’s The Life at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

“With ‘classics’ like The Oldest Profession and the big dance number The Hookers Ball this show was a lot of fun to play. It's almost continuous music so you rarely get a chance to catch your breath, which isn't always a bad thing either. I've found many theaters are quick to eliminate the percussion book for budget reasons and ask the drummer to ‘grab what they can’. However, this show definitely needs the percussion book to go hand in hand with the drums. Not only are there really well written mallet parts, especially a Milt Jackson-esque vibraphone line, but the additional Vibraslap hits and shaker-feels truly set up the musical styling and New York environment. This was the first I had heard of anyone doing the show and I had to do some digging around to find out more about it. Hopefully more people will get a chance to experience this show and enjoy this percussion book like I did.

While I work on catching a National tour and expanding outside of Michigan, getting to play great shows and work with even better theaters is always an honor. Like most percussion books, the difficulty was primarily in the choreography of instrument to instrument. It took a few days of running the show to find where things truly needed to be to work, but this was a great experience!

Because this is a black box theater with no pit, the band was in the scene shop next to the theater.

In the setup you will find:
  • LP Vibraslap
  • Treeworks Double Row Windchimes
  • LP Granite Blocks
  • Miller Machine with a 6" Abel Triangle
  • LP Cowbell
  • RhythmTech Tambourine
  • LP Congas
  • MalletKat Pro for Vibraphone and Xylophone
  • Yamaha Glockenspiel
  • iPad running “Thumbjam" for Timpani sounds
  • Cymbals - Zildjian 17" K Constantinople Suspended Cymbal, Zildjian 16" K Fast Crash, Zildjian 9" Zil-Bel
  • A Slew of toys including, Wooden Shells, Rainstick, Maraca, Shaker, Finger Cymbals, Ratchet and a Bell Tree
  • Vic Firth sticks and malles

I am very interested in going out on a tour. If you know of any work available please pass along my contact info. Resume and recordings are available on request.”

Matthew can be reached at [email protected]