I have been really busy over the last few months and haven't had a chance to post. Among the things that have kept me busy, was playing a run of The Producers for a local theater. I love playing in pit orchestras. I enjoy the pressure of the live performance, unpredictable casts, and creating various sounds and grooves.
The set-up I used for The Producers was an example of how I usually play shows. This show has a drum set and percussion book which call for various instruments and sound effects. I had to play both books for this production so my set-up is a combination of everything I could cover from both.
This picture shows the bulk of the instruments I used for the show. As you can see, everything has to be close so I can find it in the dark. I usually do not like to use plastic instruments, like the jam blocks, but for this show a lot of my work had to be played with sticks so I used plastic instruments. Pictured: Bass drum, snare drum, floor tom, 2 jam blocks, a mounted tambourine, cowbell, bongos, 14" hi hats, 20" ride, 12" splash. Also pictured is the ratchet which has been attached to the bass drum with a c-clamp. If you have a solid way to mount a ratchet so it doesn't fall on the ground every time you use it, please let me know in the comment section. Until then, I'll continue using the c-clamp.
The right side of the kit is basically in the picture above but in this picture, you can see sticks, brushes, mallets, and a 16" crash cymbal.
The left side of kit included a triangle, a glockenspiel (sitting on a trap case), a mark tree, and my music stand with a light. Not pictured is a pair of castanets on a machine, a slide whistle, and a siren whistle.
I have decided to post more of my set-ups so I can show you how I approach some musical situations. This particular set-up was a lot of fun to put together and the show was a success.