But for other situations, more information is required. With a help of a handy plugin and some built–in features in Sibelius, that is easy to do.
Cues for kicks
If you do any big band or pit band arranging you are probably familiar with the technique of cueing horn section figures in the drum set part for “kicks.” The drummer reads the rhythms and creates a drum pattern to accent and support what is being played by the horns. The horn section rhythms appear above the top line of the staff as cue sized notes and rests along with slashes (beat no stem) on the mid line of the staff. It’s not difficult to create but it will take quite a few steps. With Drums Cues plugin you can achieve all of this in 2 steps.
Here’s an example of a trumpet staff and a drum set staff. The trumpet staff has the notes and rests that represent the phrase you want to show in the drum set part. Copy the trumpet phrase into the drum set part, using copy and paste or opt/click method.