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Paciencia y Fe!

As we head into the final weekend of In The Heights, I wanted to thank our Musical Director, Matt for putting together a great orchestra and for his patience and faith in this newcomer to his pit.  Matt hired me sight unseen and didn’t panic when I confessed that, no, I hadn’t known all those Latin rhythms when he hired me.

Thanks to Tony, our percussionist, who knows his stuff and had some great suggestions along the way, and to the rest of our top-notch orchestra.  It’s been a blast and I’m looking forward to a great closing weekend!

P.S. : If you’ve landed this part and are wondering what to do when you see figures like the one below, here’s a decoder ring.


Rig Rundown : In The Heights

When I heard that I’d be playing alongside a percussion player for In The Heights, I had visions of a simplified drum setup with minimal program changes to worry about.  This was a short-lived dream, however, as the drum part has plenty of incidental percussion and various electronic and sampled sounds that needed to find a home on my kit.

In the end, this turned out to be my largest kit yet thanks to a Roland TMC-6 trigger-to-MIDI converter that provided 6 additional trigger inputs (and at least that many headaches).

Read on for all the fun details!

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