Cirque du Solil's "Kooza" - United States
23 year old Ben Todd is currently touring with the world renowned "Cirque du Soleil" as a featured drummer in their show, ‘KOOZA’. Prior to 'KOOZA', Ben was a featured drummer/percussionist from 2009-2010 with Cirque's 'CORTEO' and toured extensively through Japan and Russia.
Born in Adelaide, Australia, Ben began playing drums at age 3. Adding to an already large family of drummers (3 generations to be exact), Ben's first introduction to the instrument was from his father. From there, his love for the drums and music led him to lead a path many would follow.
Before reaching high school, Ben had already toured nationally with various bands and was starting to make his own mark on the professional Adelaide music scene. At age 13, he was accepted under scholarship to attend the acclaimed Marryatville High School as a specialist music student. During his time at Marryatville, Ben was part of the award winning "Big Band One" which lead him to tour both nationally and internationally, including performances in London, New York and Los Angeles.
Since leaving high school, Ben was thrust into the professional music industry, leading him to perform with artists such as James Morrison, Rhonda Burchmore, Ross Irwin, Bob Mintzer, Ben Lee, James Muller, Gordon Goodwin and many more. Before 'KOOZA', Ben was in the pit with over 20 musical theatre productions from "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon" to the Australian premieres of "The Gospel Messiah" and "Metro Street".
In 2008, Ben was a featured artist at the "Ultimate Drummers Weekend" in Melbourne, Australia, which had him performing alongside some of the worlds best drummers and percussionists and in 2010, Ben released his debut solo studio album "20TEN". Featuring all original compositions "20TEN" features some of Australia's best Jazz/ Funk musicians and is currently available on iTunes.
Masters MCX- Red Sparkle (407)
w/ black hardware
22x18- bass drum
10x8- rack tom
12x8- rack tom
14x14- floor tom
16x16- floor tom
14x6.5- SensiTone Snare (brass)
14x4- Piccolo Snare (wood)