27 year old Ben Todd is a drummer, percussionist, composer and bandleader from Adelaide in South Australia.
Over the past 5 and a half years, Ben has been touring the world with the internationally acclaimed "Cirque du Soleil" as a featured drummer and percussionist with 2 of their shows, "CORTEO" and "KOOZA". During this time, Ben toured to Japan, Russia, The United States, Spain, France, Belgium and England and performed over 1500 shows.
Prior to joining Cirque, Ben performed with a wide range of artists back in Australia including Kate Cebrano, Paulini, Ben Folds, Doug Parkinson, Rhonda Burchmore, James Morrison, David Campbell, Barry Humphries and Glen Shorrok, as well as playing in the pit orchestras for many shows including Miss Saigon, Grease, Metro Street, Guys and Dolls and The Candyman.
Ben began playing drums at the age of 3, adding to an already large family of drummers (3 generations to be exact). His first introduction to the instrument was from his father. From there, Bens 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 led him to tour both nationally and internationally, including performances in London, New York and Los Angeles.
After leaving high school, Ben quickly became established in the Adelaide music community and began work in sessions, musicals and corporate bands. This allowed him to develop an extremely versatile approach and had him performing in a multitude of different musical environments. Ben also conducted several drum clinics and workshops both in Adelaide and interstate.
In 2007, Ben was selected as a "James Morrison Jazz Scholarship" finalist then 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. He would later be asked back again in 2015. 2010 saw Ben release his debut solo studio album, "20TEN" which featured all original compositions and some of the best Jazz/Funk musicians in Australia. Since the release of this album, Ben has also gone on to release 2 more albums as a leader; the “Ben Todd and Adam Page Duo EP” in 2015 and the “Ben Todd Quintet EP” in 2016.
Ben proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Sticks, LP Percussion, Kickport, ProLogix Percussion and Humes and Berg Cases.