Just a snare drum and cymbal!

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So I took the family to Disneyland this past week - my 11 & 7 y.o. boys loved it, of course! At California Adventure, there is a car that drives thru the park with the "Five and Dime" band - think Prohibition-era type music with a flapper girl singer, upright bass, a few horns, and a drummer. They were very amusing but of course I was quite intrigued by the drum set up. I don't have the actual pics off my camera, but here is a photo off Google with a very similar setup.

The drummer had a natural maple snare which looked to me like a Yamaha 6x14 with lugs up & down. Looked like an LP claw attached with a short light cymbal or percussion arm and probably a 12" or 14" splash that he used as a ride, too. Insane New Orleans style chops, but I was most impressed with the fat woody tone, especially since he was non-miked and had plenty of volume for a large open space. He has a large marching contraption to hold the snare in place, but it was still a pretty cool setup and totally well played for the situation.....


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This really all takes me back to the idea that you can make great music with anything. You don't need tons of cymbals and drums. Just a few pieces and you can play with other people no problem. When i see the sets that have a million things going on at once, it is just superfluous.
 

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That's how it all started for me when my Music appreciation teacher, Mr Clough, taught me a simple 1+2+3+4+ beat with the snare on 2 and 4+!
 

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That is cool! I learned to play the same way, 1 snare and 1 cymbal, in a Rockabilly band. Had a great time with it.
 

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When I saw the title of this thread, I thought it might be about this video.

 

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I've also seen the drummers at Disney Land and California Adventure and thought they sounded great with that snare and splash cymbal. I took pictures and video trying to figure out what they had but I don't have access to those pictures right now.
 

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One of my great friends, Raul Reynoso, was a Disney employee for years, and he polished his chops on Django Reinhart, 1930s Dixie blues and New Orleans jazz.

Here we are playing with the great Roy Rogers a few years ago. Snare only--1972 Rogers Satellite "Skinny" drum.

Roy, Raul, Tom.JPG
 

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This really all takes me back to the idea that you can make great music with anything. You don't need tons of cymbals and drums. Just a few pieces and you can play with other people no problem. When i see the sets that have a million things going on at once, it is just superfluous.
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Love this! The Stray Cats were one of my favorite bands in high school, and he got it done standing up all with just a few pieces.
 

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He has to keep it light weight and portable because he was jumping on and off the car! I am sure I have video, too........
 

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At the State Fair of Oklahoma years ago, there was some strolling band affiliated with the Air Force, I think, playing similar jazz. The drummer had a similar setup but with a lower-tuned marching snare, and what I would guess to be a top hi-hat cymbal as a ride—sounded great! Wish I got a closer look at the cymbal.
 

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