On top of the console was a “contraption” tray (shortened to “trap”), used to hold gadgets like whistles, klaxons, and cowbells, so these drums/kits were dubbed “entice kits”. A typical drum set or percussion setup utilizes cymbals. A drum set includes a pair of hi-hats, a crash cymbal or two, and a ride cymbal.
The hello-hats are performed by the right stick of a right-handed drummer. Changing between journey and hi-hat, or between both and a “leaner” sound with neither, is commonly used to mark a change from one passage to another, for instance; to differentiate between a verse and refrain. Drummers tend to spend more time enjoying the snare and cymbals than the opposite drums. Budget constraints and house considerations in musical theatre pit orchestras led bandleaders to strain fewer percussionists to cover more percussion parts. Metal consoles were developed to carry Chinese tom-toms, with swing-out stands for snare … Read More