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I play with my 11 y.o.'s acoustic guitar group. Bunch of kids from 7 - 17 y.o. and I am a volunteer instructor and the "house drummer." We play surf songs, Americana, blue grass, pop, etc. and it's all acoustic. A few people plug in acoustics but usually no bass.

We have a holiday Christmas gig this Friday but the set is 15-20 minutes only. It's one of those hurry on, through and hurry off gigs. Although I am waiting to hear back from the main instructor to see if there will be a house kit, but it's likely not based on last year's gig. We had a 45 min gig last year and I played a 12/16/20 Rogers vintage kit in silver sparkle. Load in and out was a pain, too.

But if it's a super short gig (maybe 4-5 songs tops), and basically just Xmas songs, I wonder if I should take a full kit at all. Yes, I am feeling lazy! But I was thinking maybe just a set of congas on a stand, a mounted 10" popcorn snare, a tambourine, cowbell & sleigh bells. I could pull it off with a Latin flare, and of course, I'd prefer to not lug a full kit, cymbals & my ridiculous hardware bag (a large Army-type duffle with wheels but easily 75 lbs!).

I played a recent gig with them at an art gallery and I used a 10x14 bass (converted), a snare mounted on top, a ride mounted on top, and just a HH, and it was okay for a small gig, but this will be a large portable stage in a park with 1K+ people so I need to project although we should be miked......

Probably a dumb inquiry, but if anyone has any ideas, I'd appreciate them? Thank you......
 

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I vote for the light percussion ensemble - a conga will cover a lot of territory.
 

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I play with my 11 y.o.'s acoustic guitar group. Bunch of kids from 7 - 17 y.o. and I am a volunteer instructor and the "house drummer." We play surf songs, Americana, blue grass, pop, etc. and it's all acoustic. A few people plug in acoustics but usually no bass.

We have a holiday Christmas gig this Friday but the set is 15-20 minutes only. It's one of those hurry on, through and hurry off gigs. Although I am waiting to hear back from the main instructor to see if there will be a house kit, but it's likely not based on last year's gig. We had a 45 min gig last year and I played a 12/16/20 Rogers vintage kit in silver sparkle. Load in and out was a pain, too.

But if it's a super short gig (maybe 4-5 songs tops), and basically just Xmas songs, I wonder if I should take a full kit at all. Yes, I am feeling lazy! But I was thinking maybe just a set of congas on a stand, a mounted 10" popcorn snare, a tambourine, cowbell & sleigh bells. I could pull it off with a Latin flare, and of course, I'd prefer to not lug a full kit, cymbals & my ridiculous hardware bag (a large Army-type duffle with wheels but easily 75 lbs!).

I played a recent gig with them at an art gallery and I used a 10x14 bass (converted), a snare mounted on top, a ride mounted on top, and just a HH, and it was okay for a small gig, but this will be a large portable stage in a park with 1K+ people so I need to project although we should be miked......

Probably a dumb inquiry, but if anyone has any ideas, I'd appreciate them? Thank you......
If you don't need toms, you could do a bikini kit.
Bass, snare, hats and A cymbal for ride/crash duties.
If you can mount the cymbal on the bass and dogbone the snare to the HH stand, you would basically only have 3 things to move; bass, hat stand and throne.
If you grab it right, you could pull the whole thing off stage in one carry.

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That could work. I forgot about my Traps kit. 10/12/14/20. 2 cymbal stands built in. The 3 toms and bass are on a rack and fold down. Probably 2 trips in but maybe one if I can get my pedal and DW 6K light stand, bass pedal, snare stand, and throne in a duffel, a snare bag, cymbal bag and load in the rest pre-assembled just folded down. Not sure how the thin 20 would sound unmiked.

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The traps kit is way cool, that might be a fun one to play. Walk in with the toms/bass/cymbals all in one ready to go, lol!
 

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Latin is fine - we are playing Feliz Navidad! (we also do La Bamba but not Friday).
I really dig the congas thing but have no case for them.

Snare/bass "bikini" may not work as we will probably do Wipeout and I need at least one tom. Then again, playing that on congas will be interesting, too!

El Larry - whazzup! If I can make it all happen in one trip - for sure the Traps!
 

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I ended up using the same kit I had last year - vintage Rogers 12 & 20 in silver sparkle (inspired by lcondo's recent kit posting!).....hats, 20" Bosphorus ride, 18" Dream bliss crash/ride to the right, and my snare was a 5x14 "rat rod" Dynasonic (die casts, tube lugs, regular wries only - no Dyna mechanism).......it worked great!

Thank you all.....
 

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If it's a showcase for students and it's a short gig with minimal load in/out times I'd say the less you bring the better. Snare and brushes? Let the kids have the spotlight and just keep a steady tempo for them.
 

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The traps kit is way cool, that might be a fun one to play. Walk in with the toms/bass/cymbals all in one ready to go, lol!
There was a drummer in my area that had one of those a few years back.

I have never met him but the bands he used to be in told me to never try using one of those things for a gig. They hated them, even when miked.
 

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Do the kids enjoy being backed by a real drummer on a full drum kit? If they get a kick out of it, I'd bring a four piece with a crash and ride. If the kids couldn't care less, just whatever gets you through the gig without throwing off the performers.
 

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Well it's definitely about the kids. I'm blessed to have my kid willing to learn with them and that they're letting me be a volunteer teacher. I've been doing this almost four years now every Saturday but it's such a worthy cause.

I'm not good enough to pull it off with just a snare. I've done gigs with a mini bass and a snare only, a flat ride and hats and it was fine. Yes, it's mostly brushes and rim shots and a little bit of playing. We do play some pop, blues and surf music which does require some drums and I think the kids enjoy it a lot. When we have a bassist, which is rare, we can really jam out. You'd be surprised how loud 30 + acoustic guitars can be.

I get to jam with my big guy, my little guy starts in two weeks, I have a steady gig playing all sorts of local events and venues and everybody has fun which of the most important thing!
 

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I just assembled a kit for a tiny stage. Used my cajon with kick pedal for the bass drum; with a mic in the sound hole, it has a good thump. This picture was with compact bongos, which I later changed to some LP mini-timbales. 12” hats and 12” snare. To sit at a normal drum set height, I purchased a 3” x 12” bar stool cushion to place on the cajon. The ride cymbal is on an arm attached to the bongo stand.

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