Photo by Scott Pickering

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December Set Up of the Month: Greg Draper

Check out this set up photo (and comments below) from Greg Draper, a percussionist at Hallmark Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. 

I've attached a photo of my complete gig rig. I don't usually play all these instruments in a service, but have them available if needed. You can see in the photo the pair of mini-timbales and the pair of regular timbales. I play these with my hands to insert a fill, roll, or accent where needed. It's fun to be playing along on the congas and bongos with their warm tones and then insert a quick fill on the metallic-sounding timbales for contrast. Playing seated with the congas gives me easy access to my tambourine, block, and bass drum pedals. I also like to play a bit of  bass drum to fill in the bottom end.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Many Moods of Christmas

Christmas is coming!   My hands were full this past weekend as I played percussion on The Many Moods of Christmas (Suites 1 & 2) at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, TX.   Jason Chavarria conducted the choir and orchestra in these classic settings by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett.  The percussion part is scored for a section of about four players.  I employed a few tricks of the trade (including playing timpani on the Handsonic) and covered most of the parts.   Challenging...but fun (and musically satisfying) !  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Drum Grooves For Worship / Carl Albrecht

Armed with a degree in composition and arranging (with an emphasis in percussion studies) from Webster University, Carl Albrecht has been playing drum set and percussion for over a quarter of a century.  His playing has accompanied the music of  Paul Baloche, Robin Mark, Lenny LeBlanc, Paul Wilbur, Alvin Slaughter, Darrell Evans, Phil Driscoll, Kim Hill, Paul Overstreet, LeAnn Rimes, and more.

Although much of his playing time is behind the drum kit, Carl sometimes gets an opportunity to step into the percussion spot.  In a recent conversation, Carl commented on things from his perspective as both a drummer and percussionist.

Mark:  When you compose a percussion part for a song, what is your process?
Carl:  The big points are arrangement and playing what is musically proper.  I’m thinking about how my choice of what to play will fit with what else is being played.  Also, the bottom line is playing what the leader wants.
Mark:  Yes. That really speaks to the idea of submitting to authority…playing what the boss desires to hear.

Mark:  What is the most important thing that every percussionist should keep in mind when working with a drum set player?
Carl:  The drummer is leading.  The percussionist’s time and feel is built around the drummer.  The percussionist should always try to line up the time and feel to what the drummer is playing.  The percussion part should complement what the drummer is playing and make the music sound great!

Mark:  What is the most important thing that every drum set player should keep in mind when working with a percussionist?
Carl:  As the drummer leading the time and feel, it’s crucial that the percussionist and I can see and hear each other so that we can groove.  Also, I try to stay aware of what the percussionist is playing so as not to step on the percussion parts.

Check out more of Carl’s thoughts on percussion by going to and reading the article, “The Art of Percussion.”

After analyzing the top 100 CCLI Worship songs ( ), Carl found that there were only SEVEN basic types of drum patterns used within the songs on the list. These seven beats are covered in great detail in the DVD Drum Grooves For Worship.
Carl breaks down these drum grooves into simple musical terminology as he explains the parts of each pattern.
Even though the teaching is designed for the beginning to intermediate player,  advanced drummers can find helpful information for preparing songs.

Since acquiring the DVD, I have learned all seven grooves AND I keep a copy of the transcribed patterns in my mallet case…You never know when the drummer might get locked in the broom closet right as the service starts.   Get Drum Grooves For Worship and be ready!

For more info on Carl Albrecht and
Drum Grooves For Worship:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Flack Wackers

Wooden dowels, plastic rods, dowels with plastic strips...  There are many bundled rods percussion implements on the market.   Recently, I received a new version called Flack Wackers.  
Made from reeds, the Flack Wackers have a different look than the other "wands" commonly used.   The mottled reeds give the Flack Wackers an organic vibe while the handles feature some cool artwork    I really dig the feel of the plastic coating on the handles.  You can tighten or loosen the reed cluster with the O rings.   There is a pair of Flack Wackers living in my mallet case these days.  
For more info:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November Set Up of the Month: Chad Whiteley

Primarily a drum set player, Chad Whiteley is sometimes thrust into percussion-ville.   His hybrid concoction is the November Percussion For Worship set up of the month.  Here's some comments from Chad:

     These photos were taken during a series of Kairos services at Gateway Church (Dallas-Ft. Worth area).  We have many services to play over two days. During the prayer ministry times, we chose to play more of an acoustic worship set to make those moments more intimate. 
     I chose this set up because I could blend many more different sounds, feels, and emotions...more than available with just a drum kit or  percussion set up.
     My goal is to mix aspects of both drum set and percussion into one sound. The kick, snare, and cymbals are used to create the drum set feel of the music.   Cool (and live) beat loops can be created with the various tones (especially the lower timbres). Working without toms forces me to concentrate mainly on the fundamentals of the beat. I play with brushes, bundled dowel rods, felt mallets, and my hands.
     There are a few other considerations and ideas with this set up.  Sometimes, I play the shaker as my high hat rhythm.  Accentuating different places on the djembe creates depth and gives interest to the groove. I also take most of  the muffling out of the the kick, turn the felt side of the beater toward the head, and play very lightly.  This produces a more open sound rather then a short thud. The old marching bass drum adds another texture...different from the kick or the djembe. Congas round out the setup for some more variety.  I can blend basic conga beats in with my drum set patterns as well as using congas only for certain sections of songs.

Check out Chad's website:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Interview with Daystar's Len Barnett

Tune into Celebration on the Daystar Network and check out the band.  It’s great to see that the lineup of musicians includes a percussionist.  One of the players sharing the percussion spot is Len Barnett.  Recently, we met for lunch and talked about his musical life and working on the television show.

Mark:  What inspired you to play percussion?
Len:  I had relatives that were musicians including a cousin who played drums for Otis Redding.

Mark:  How did you achieve your position with the Daystar band?
Len:  Joe Ninowsky (Daystar music director) and I had worked together at Covenant Church…and recommendations from Tom Braxton and Dwayne Heggar.

Mark:  Tell me about a typical day on the show.
Len:  Sometimes I’m running across town from my job at Brookhaven College to get to the rehearsal.  We start around 10:00 A.M. and rehearse until app. 10:45. At some point, we run some parts with the vocalists.  The show goes live at 11:00 and we make it happen.

Mark: When a new song comes your way, what do you think about when constructing your part?
Len:  Listening is very important.   What’s the drummer playing?  Which tambourine works best?  What can I play to complement the music?

Mark:  What are some of your other musical activities?
Len:  I play percussion at Covenant Church in Carrollton, TX, accompany dance classes at Brookhaven College, and perform arts-in-education programs for children.  In addition, I work with some jazz groups in the area including Freddie Jones and Tom Braxton.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's the release of the new Gateway Worship recording, Great Great God.  I'm playing a bunch of percussion on this album!

See if you can find me in the video...and then go add this recording to your collection !

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace

Last weekend, I played percussion on The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace by the Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins.   The performance took place at First United Methodist Church in Coppell, TX with Mark Andrew Pope conducting.   This multi-movement work required four percussionists and an array of instruments.   The tambourine part in the final movement required more that a bit of practice.  Here's a photo of the "ruggedly handsome" percussion section:

Left to Right:  Jamey Reed, David Elias, Mark Shelton, and Charles (Chaz) Robitaille

Monday, October 3, 2011

Advice For A Recording Session

Preparation and attitude are certainly key ingredients in the musician world (including the recording world!).
Producer, engineer, and owner of Brilliant Recording ( ), Aaron Brown offers some suggestions for your first (or any) recording session:

An Engineer's Advice For Your First Studio Session
Having worked in studios for the past 15 years, I have picked up a few things that will help your very first studio session go smoothly.

1. Preparation
Ask the producer if they have a demo of the song(s) you are going to play. Doing some homework ahead of time shows initiative and a willingness to work hard, even if you are not extremely experienced in the studio. Try to get a feel for the style that you will be playing so that you can make the right choices on instruments to bring. In addition to your instruments, add these items to your list of things to bring:
-Pencil and paper
-In-ear monitors
2. Arrive early to set up
This demonstrates a professional attitude to the client from the very beginning of the session. There is nothing like the feeling of running late, having to set up in a hurry and then trying to keep it calm, cool, and collected once the recording begins. Avoid all of that and show up early.
3. Attitude (It's your sound, not mine)
You will start getting callbacks the quicker you realize that you are playing on the project of someone else...and not your own. Attitude is key. No one wants to work with a know-it-all, no matter how talented they are. Be there ready and willing to help them convey THEIR message in the music.
4. Simple is always better
If you have a hard time pulling a lick off while you are practicing on your own, more than likely you will not be able to make it happen when recording it. Stick to things you are comfortable with and if the producer wants the bombastic, he will ask.
5. Have fun
Music is fun.  You should always try to keep the atmosphere laid-back and stress-free.  If you are having fun, more than likely everyone else in the session will as well.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

God And King /Zach Neese Album

The new album from Zach Neese has been released.  I'm honored to be playing percussion on this project.
Lots of percussion...AND there's also some drumline work.   Tim Cruz, Caleb Jobe, and I got to flex our rudimental chops and lock in some rolls on the opening track, "We Trust in Jesus."  God and King is available from iTunes.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Featured Set Up September 2011

Percussion For Worship reader, Chuck George recently sent a picture of his set up at Calvary Assembly of God in Orrville, Ohio.  Chuck's arsenal includes 16"  thin crash cymbal, 16" Chinese cymbal, 18"  crash/ride cymbal, bongos, congas, djembe, triangles,  shaker, egg shakers, bar chimes, mounted tambourine, woodblock, cowbells, timbales, cajon, and rainstick.   In addition to his percussion duties, Chuck is also active in an endurance athletics ministry.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Waiting For Beat Two

"Waiting for beat two" is a widely accepted performance practice in drumset playing.  
When the drummer ends a phrase and moves to a new section with a fill (and plays a cymbal crash on beat one), the full drumset groove often does not resume until beat two.   (There are exceptions.)
As a percussionist, you can take advantage of waiting for beat two.   When you encounter  that musical moment when it is a challenge to make that logistical change (a good example: switching from shake tambourine to congas), you might be able to buy yourself another half second or so by waiting for beat two. 
Listen carefully to make sure it works with both the drumset and the overall phrasing.

It's surprising how that extra moment can make the difference between an awkward thrash and a smooth transition between instruments.  

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bring "Ears"

With so many situations that eschew wedges in favor of in-ear monitors and recording sessions taking place in non-conventional settings, I always bring some “ears” to gigs.  You cannot count on every venue to provide some “cans” or “buds.” Have your own set at the ready.
I was hired for a session by an artist that was recording on a laptop studio. Just before I left my home, I noticed my headphone extension cable coiled on a stand. I decided that it would not be needed.
To my dismay, the artist/engineer had brought only one set of headphones to the session.  Good thing that I had my set… but that extension would have sure come in handy.  
Always bring the ears…and maybe an extension.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Stuff That Lives In My Mallet Case

Timpani sticks might stay on a shelf until I get a "kettle call" and the general bass drum mallet only goes into my case when Gran Cassa is on the menu.  
There are some items that are used so frequently that they have made my mallet case their permanent residence.
Here is a baker's dozen of those occupants:
  • Concert snare sticks
  • Drumset sticks
  • Yarn marimba mallets (for suspended cymbal)
  • Brushes
  • Triangle beaters
  • Drum key
  • Pencil(s)
  • Glockenspiel mallets
  • Xylophone mallets
  • 1/2 inch wrench (for tuning congas, bongos, & timbales)
  • Staff paper
  • Notebook
  • Djembe tuning wrench
How about it?  What is always in your mallet case?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Did The Tambourine Modulate?

Try this one... Switch tambourines as a song modulates to a higher key.   Moving from a darker to a brighter sounding instrument gives the impression that the tambourine is changing key along with the band!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Listening To A Variety Of Music

Celtic to Latin to Rock to Gospel

Arriving early for a rehearsal (always a good idea), I sat in my van listening to the radio. Hearing the entire Carnival Overture by Dvorak, I was impressed by the great writing for  triangle and tambourine.

Listening to a variety of music to learn styles and gather ideas is so important. In today’s worship music, a set might include some Robin Mark, Salvador, Hillsong, Lincoln Brewster, and a little Andre Crouch for good measure. Do you know which instruments to reach for to handle that variety of music…and what kind of part to play? Make listening to different styles a priority.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

See What Ya Got

Triangle beaters, knife, timpani tuning key, pencil sharpener, tape, conga wrench, felt tip pen...

Do you ever have to rummage through your mallet case or stick bag to find those little items?

Get the gallon size "zipper" freezer bags and you can keep that stuff in one place and easily see what you've got at a glance.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Triangle Tips

Small in size Packed with power

Listen to a symphony orchestra playing at full volume. Add just one percussionist playing one note on the triangle and hear the sparkling tone shimmer pleasantly over 70+ musicians. Be careful with that power!

There’s not much that you can do to make a triangle sound better…you can’t change the head, put on better snares, etc... You must invest in a quality instrument. One of the favorites in my collection is the 6” Super-Overtone from Grover Pro Percussion ( The instrument is rich in harmonics with a good amount of sustain and a tone that is appropriate in a variety of settings.

  • Invest in at least three different sizes of triangle beaters. Each size excites different harmonics thus affecting the tone.
  • Experiment with striking various areas on the triangle for different timbres.
  • My general striking area is the side without the opening. I play about a third of the way down from the top corner with the beater at app. 45 degrees.

    This area gives a less definite pitch with lots of harmonics and blends well with the definite pitched instruments being played.
  • Always suspend the triangle with TWO separate loops (for safety) of thin string, plastic ties, or fishing line. NEVER use wire or heavy cord that will either buzz or significantly inhibit vibrations. Keep the loops short so that the triangle cannot spin after striking.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Zach Neese: In The Studio

Worship Leader / Songwriter, Zach Neese recently brought me into the studio for several hours of percussion recording for his solo project. Check out this video produced by Corey Jackson:

Zach Neese: In The Studio Part 3 from Corey Jackson on Vimeo.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Featured Setup

Here are a couple of pictures from one of the Percussion For Worship readers.   The photos show some details from the setup of John Homan, percussionist at New Creation Fellowship in Granger, Indiana.  John's generosity in sharing these with the readers gives me the idea to feature some photos from other worship percussionists.   Just send your pix to and be sure to include the name of your church.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Setup for Great, Great God EP

Wow!  Recording six songs LIVE for the Gateway Worship EP meant bringing in more gear that usual.  Percussion instruments in my setup included snare drum, Chinese bell tree, suspended cymbals, two floor toms, mark tree, shekere, cabasa, shakers, crash cymbals, triangles rack, and tambourines.  Once everything was set was a percussion playground!

Conga Ideas: Random and Useful

Congas are almost always part of my set-up when I am playing Contemporary Worship music but I usually play them sparingly.

  • Use the basic conga tones to copy phrasing with the other instruments. If the rhythm section plays hits that are short / long / short / long / long /short…try playing slaps for short and open tones for long. A much tighter sound!
  • Avoid playing congas on top of a drumset fill. I look for a musically logical spot to stop the conga pattern before the drummer starts the fill.
  • Muffled slaps played loudly in unison with the snare drum can point up precision problems. Back off on the back beat!
  • When playing “time” on congas, pick a pattern and stick with it. Do not “improv” while the rest of the rhythm section grooves.
  • Pick your spots judiciously. Do the congas really enhance that section?
  • Tune tight for easy response and good projection. Even with amplification, you want to send a solid projecting sound into the microphone.
  • Simple can be effective! Listen to the congas in “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” ...The Temptations version. You'll see what I mean.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

It's okay to not play

How can they miss you if you never go away?

As percussionists, we have the ability to change the timbral texture of the ensemble with our variety of sounds and instruments but always remember that we can also change the sound by not playing. You can increase your impact by dropping out for a while. Demonstrate your taste and restraint with the confidence that the decision not to play IS a musical decision. Try waiting until the second verse to enter or maybe that intro with piano doesn’t need those triangle notes on top (or fewer). Sometimes…less is more.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Searching for Sounding Metal in the Scriptures

According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, cymbals are mentioned sixteen times in the King James Version.  Fifteen of those are found in the Old Testament while the singular form (cymbal) occurs just once in the New Testament.
Check out this passage:
And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to record, and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel:
Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obededom: and Jeiel with psaltries and with harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals; 
Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.
1 Chronicles 16: 4-6 KJV

I get a kick out of reading that Asaph was both the bandleader and percussionist of this large combo.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Tambourine Shuffle

When playing a shuffle or swing feel, hold the tambourine shell parallel to the floor with your palm facing up. The motion of the tambourine will be up and down rather than side to side. Play the strong subdivisions with a DOWN motion and the weaker subdivisions with the UP motion. You will notice how easily the shuffle happens due to this position (and good ole gravity). The tambourine shell strikes the fingers of the free hand for a accent on the DOWN motion and the heel area for UP accents.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Get The Metal Moving

Use a relatively thin cymbal for suspended cymbal parts. Some cymbals are marked "suspended" and specifically designed for easy response.

Although it is sometimes necessary in a quick transition, try to avoid using a timpani mallet on the cymbal. I prefer yarn wrapped marimba mallets for general suspended cymbal playing.

Both rolls and single strikes should be played with the mallets at 3:00 and 9:00 (see photo) for balanced vibrations and quick response.

Priming a cymbal (a gentle inaudible tap with a finger) gets the instrument vibrating for an easier response.

Having an array of implements (sticks, mallets, brushes, dowel rods, triangle beaters. coins) expands the timbral capabilities of the suspended cymbal.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tambourine Timbres

Plastic shell with nickel jingles or brass…or maybe wooden shell with German silver?

Sometimes I bring 4 or 5 tambourines to a rehearsal so that I can fit the tone of the instrument to the texture of the music that I am playing and /or to give some variety. Different shell materials influence the sound as well as the makeup of the jingles. Brass jingles tend toward a darker sound and seem to give off more of the “Rock” sound while nickel jingles are brighter and might be a good choice to give some sparkle and drive to a ballad. I have even set up a tambourine with a combination of jingles and washers to get a tight “dry” sound. During a rehearsal, play along for a few measures with one tambourine and then switch to a different one. You will probably hear the sound of one of the instruments fit better into the overall texture of the surrounding music.

One of my tricks is to switch tambourines as a song modulates. Moving from a darker to a brighter sounding instrument gives the impression that the tambourine is changing key along with the band!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Gateway Training Videos for God Be Praised CD

Worship Team Director is a complete training and presentation tool for worship teams that instructs team members how to play and sing songs at home, in rehearsal, and performance.   For more info

Check out  the percussion video for O The Blood...played by Headless Percussionist and Blogger, Mark Shelton.

Go to for a full screen.

More videos at

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Balancing Act

While subbing in the North Carolina Symphony, I noticed another percussionist's unorthodox method of suspending a cymbal.  Instead of using a conventional stand to hold the instrument while playing, my colleague balanced the cymbal on his finger and performed both rolls and single strikes using his other hand (holding two mallets).  I quickly put this technique into my bag of tricks and have used it many times.
  • The cymbal can resonate more freely (no felt pads or plastic sleeve to inhibit vibrations).
  • In acoustic settings, you can lift the cymbal higher for better projection (over the heads of those violinists seated in front of you).
  • In amplified situations, you can "work the mike"  (bringing the cymbal farther or closer with ease).
  • This method allows the audience to "see" the sound better.
  • It might mean one less stand in your set-up.

Monday, February 28, 2011

God Be Praised DVD

The God Be Praised DVD (Gateway Worship) has been released !  Fifteen songs from the live recording back in April 2010 along with songwriter commentaries, "behind the scenes" footage, and other features combine for over an hour and a half of music and info from Gateway Church.  

Scott Buchanan and Chad Whiteley take turns playing drumset while percussion duties are shared by Mark Levy and noted percussion blogger---ME.
(Chad W. also handles a brief percussion stint on concert bass drum---Look for it.)

For more info:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Shorthand Mini Chart

Sometimes you just need a small reminder instead of a detailed chart or you have to quickly jot down the roadmap of a tune and your orchestration ideas.

Below is an example of my shorthand mini chart system. The major sections of the form [verse (v), chorus (c), pre-chorus (pc) etc…] are shown with the number of measures in each part. The instrument played (or tacet) is indicated where necessary and any specific rhythms, stops, or hits are notated.

You can probably decode this one:

Friday, February 4, 2011

Defining A Worship Drummer

Keith Banks has ministered and recorded with Marco Barrientos, Klaus Kluen, David Luckey, Eddie Coronado, and more…along with teaching drums at Christ For the Nations in Dallas and presenting workshops at worship conferences in Asia, Latin American, and the US. Keith’s DVD, Defining A Worship Drummer is packed with over two hours of teaching (and some fine drumming). Whether you are a percussionist or drumset player, there is plenty of valuable information on this disc. Keith speaks about matters of the heart and head rather that sticks and heads as he discusses the attitude of a worship musician. Head over to his website (, check out a sample, and treat yourself to some fine teaching and music. I’m glad to have this DVD in my library.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rhythm Triangle

Listen to “Barlow Girl” by Superchic[k]. Do you hear that rhythm triangle?
How about “Shackles” by Mary Mary? Yep, it’s there.
The sound of rhythm triangle (actual instrument or samples) gives sparkle and drive to electronica, hip-hop, smooth jazz, loops-based compositions as well as being a staple of Brazilian Baion music.
Rhythm Triangle parts are composed of various permutations of open (ringing) and closed (non-ringing) sounds.
This traditional triangolo part is transcribed from the playing of my former student, Pablo Motta from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.                                                                                       Sometimes I play rhythm triangle holding two beaters in one hand allowing one beater to strike the triangle just before the other . The slight flamming produces a subtle effect different from using a single beater. A standard triangle clip works fine with the clip resting on top of the thumb and index finger. The palm and remaining fingers are used to “squeeze” the triangle for the closed sound.



The Trigger Triangle from Rhythm Tech   ( holds the triangle securely and prevents the slight “after strike movement” that comes with the use of the standard clip. The open/close sounds are controlled easily with just the index finger.

The One Handed Triangle from Latin Percussion ( gives the player the ability to play open/close rhythms using a back and forth shaking motion…with one hand!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Percussion Tips Launch

Percussion Tips (my new service to humanity) launches this week !    Quick (140 characters or less) advice on concert, hand percussion, drum set, rudimental, musicianship, etc...
Get it on your computer or phone at: and

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bongos Anomalous

Here is an unorthodox tone production technique for the bongos. Spread your fingers slightly and tilt your hand so that the pinky strikes the bongo head first and is followed by the ring, the middle, and the index striking one after the other in rapid succession. It is a loose flop. The first three finger strikes are grace notes leading to the index finger main note. Allow the fingers to rest for a split second to mute the head. (Think of it as a brush sound.) Try playing alternating 16th notes with this technique and throw in some accents.
You’ll find a place for this sound.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Caleb Jobe Interview

A product of the award winning percussion program at Colleyville Heritage (TX) High School, Caleb Jobe brings solid playing and creative ideas to his current position as percussionist with Dove award winning artist, Kari Jobe.

I was intrigued with his choices of gear and decided that an interview would be of interest to Percussion For Worship readers.

Mark: How long have you been playing with the Kari Jobe Band?
Caleb: About four years…I’m full time except when I have school obligations (Dallas Baptist University).
Mark: I understand that you’ve played both drumset and percussion in the band.
Caleb: I’ve played a few times on drumset but mainly I play percussion.
Mark: You were telling me about your set-up. It’s rather unique. How about some details?
Caleb: It is pretty unique. There is a 22” X 18” bass drum mounted on a keyboard stand. I play it with timpani mallets. It’s miked in back with a kick drum microphone (SM 91 or similar). I use a 14” X 9” snare drum and there’s also a cajon, a few shakers, and occasionally a glockenspiel.
Mark: How did you arrive at this instrumentation?
Caleb: I used to play a more typical set-up with congas, djemebe, etc… but eventually I wanted to duplicate the loops from the recording. That led me to develop this set-up.
Mark: How’s it working?
Caleb: Most groups that are appearing at events with the KJB are not using a percussionist. So the audience is seeing and hearing a little something different and the reaction is positive.
Mark: What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?
Caleb: …definitely frosted flakes.