‘Hamilton’ is Huge (Allegro):

Any time your body of work is recognized on the level of the Grammy awards, you feel a deep sense of accomplishment. To be a part of a masterpiece such as ‘Hamilton” is an honor all to itself. It’s not often that you get invited to share such precious moments. To perform for 33 million people live on national television was amazing and to be invited for the Grammy acceptance on stage was so special. Lin Manuel Miranda and Alex Lacamoire made it a point to have the band come up on stage to share the glory. That is something you never forget. I believe this is historic evidence that musical theatre is evolving beautifully.”

– Andrés Forero (drums)

Getting to share this exciting and unforgettable night of events with my wonderful and talented peers was what made this experience so special – first, in the pit with the band as we performed live, then hanging backstage with the crew and in the wings as we listened to the Grammy ceremony along with the cast (and singing along with Kendrick Lamar) and all right here in our theater in NYC with friends and family in the live audience. Standing on stage behind Lin-Manuel as he rapped an acceptance speech, I just couldn’t stop smiling and soaking up the joy that filled the theatre.

– Mario Gotoh (violin/viola)

Being a member of the “Hamilton” orchestra has been an honor and a deeply rewarding experience. I’m truly humbled to be surrounded on a nightly basis by such an amazingly talented band, cast and production team. The band are all musicians of the highest level, and most importantly are all great, great people. The musical arrangements are an integral part of the show and truly bring Lin-Manuel’s songs to life. The stylistic breadth of the arrangements and the attention to musical detail make it both a joy and a challenge on a nightly basis. I feel incredibly grateful.

– Richard Hammond (bass)

Playing in ‘Hamilton’ – what an amazing journey! It is such a blessing that I get to play on something so fresh and innovative, and so relevant during these times. This book is a pleasure and an honor to play. Alex Lacamoire and my band mates are absolute badasses, and also happen to be beautiful souls. So proud to be on a Grammy-winning album!

– Robin Macatangay (guitar)

I have gratitude for miles, and the truth is that I have felt this way since the first rehearsal of our Off Broadway run at the Public in January 2015. I still can’t stop pinching myself. I love the music, the orchestrations are brilliant and fun to play, and on top of that I am surrounded by people who are becoming like family to me.

– Erin Benim Mayland (violin)

& check the article for what Alex Lacamoire had to say

while he’s not interviewed here, we did also recently hear from associate conduction Kurt Crowley

…in the form of one of his Hamilton mash-ups, which has also included the beautiful Stars/Wait For It. he has done a TEDx on mash-up masterminding.

Watch on

dancemoms.updates: the girls doing the whip in Maryland today!


Free, non-English hand patterns. The best thing about the internet is that you can probably smash most of these patterns into Google Translate and voila, (mostly) English pattern.

TL: Guenhwyvar by Mette Jin Mayland (Danish)

TR: Nestor’s Mits by collete audrey (French)

ML: Vanter med vandrende snoninger by Birthe Pedersen (Danish)

MR: Ravneringene-vottene by Anette Meek (Norwegian)

BL: Checkered half mitt/Rutig halvvante by Ann Linderhjelm (English / Swedish)

BR: Le moffole Thonet by Giuseppina Flamini (Italian)