• Drum Set and Percussion Setups from Musical Theatre and More

The Little Mermaid - Regional - Rex Lycan

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Rex Lycan’s percussion setup for The Little Mermaid at the Howard Brubeck Theatre in San Marcos, California.

"There was quite a bit of Latin bongo playing in this show, as well as plenty of orchestral numbers."

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Romeo & Bernadette - Off Broadway - Jon Berger

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Jon Berger’s setup for the 2020 Off-Broadway Premier of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn at A.R.T./New York Theatres in New York City.

"The score combines small snippets of Medieval music, some Big Band Swing, 2-Beat, Classical, a bit of 60's Rock, and R&B."

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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. Read/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.Read/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.Read/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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Finding Neverland - Broadway - Dave Roth

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Dave Roth’s percussion setup for the Broadway production of Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne 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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Newsies - Regional - Scott Elford

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Scott Elford's percussion setup for Newsies at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin.

"My homemade glock/timp combos started out as Promark PST3's (Performer Series Maple Timpani Mallets) that I drilled out and inserted what was left of a broken pair of Promark DFP250's…"

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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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Allegiance - Broadway - Joe Mowatt

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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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Alfie Pugh - West Side Story

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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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Patrick Lehosky - In The Heights

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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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Lindsay Kaul - Anything Goes

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Damien Bassman - Up Here

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The Last Ship - Brodway - Trey Files

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Evita - Broadway, Buenos Aires Live - Dave Roth

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Live performance of Dave Roth playing the percussion book for Buenos Aires from the 2012-2013 Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.

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Phil Martin - The Book of Mormon

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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.

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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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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.Read/See more...

Patrick Morrow - The Color Purple

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Wicked - Regional - Alex Stopa

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Alex Stopa's percussion setup for Wicked at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.Read/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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On The Town - Broadway - Charlie Descarfino

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Charlie Descarfino's percussion setup for the Broadway production of On The Town at the Lyric Theatre in New York City.

"A first here on Broadway for me, is the use of a 23" timpani…"

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Pippin - Regional - Brian Kilgore

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Brian Kilgore's setup for Pippin at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California.

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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.Read/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. Read/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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Jeff Snider - The Addams Family

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Jeff's setup from the National Tour of The Addams Family.

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The Book of Mormon - Broadway - Sean McDaniel

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A Chorus Line - Regional - Paul Hansen

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Paul Hansen's percussion setup for A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington.

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Joel Morris - Bull Durham

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Matthew Dudek - The Life

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Dan Haskins - Broadway 4D

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Michael Blancaflor - Found: A New Musical

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Michael McNicholas - Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Dan Haskins - Michelle DellaFave

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If/Then - Broadway - Damien Bassman

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David Thalmann - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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David Thalmann’s setup from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Murray Arts Guild - Murray Park Amphitheater in Murray, Utah.Read/See more...

David Miller - Tarzan

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Greg Landes - Synchronicity/Original Music

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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.Read/See more...

Jamie Drake - John And Jen

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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.Read/See more...

Dave Holland - Solo Percussion Setup

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Tony Thackery - Shrek The Musical

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Mark Carson - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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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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Clay Barnum - Avenue Q

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Pete Korpela - Josh Groban

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Paul Hansen - Hairspray

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Pippin - Broadway - Jared Schonig

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Pippin - Broadway - Sean Ritenauer

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Jay Mack - Nobody Loves You

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David Lotfi - Next To Normal

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Jason Degenhardt - Next To Normal

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Drew Lang - Anything Goes

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Mike Deutsch - Sweet Charity

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

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Eric Poland's drum set setup for Nice Work If You Can Get It from the 2012/2013 Broadway Revival at the Imperial Theatre.

"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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Joe Mowatt - Now. Hear. This.

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Evita - Broadway - Dave Roth

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Dave Roth's percussion setup for the 2012-2013 Broadway Revival of Evita at the Marquis Theatre.

"I was very fortunate to be given a lot of leeway in creating my own part for this tune and particularly my own timbale solo."

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Joe Mowatt - Once On This Island

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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.

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