Ben Todd

Ben Todd

Independent / Cirque du Soleil

Ben Todd is a drummer, percussionist, composer and bandleader from Adelaide in South Australia.

Over the past 10 years, Ben has been touring the world with the internationally acclaimed "Cirque du Soleil" as a featured drummer, percussionist and now bandleader with 3 of their shows, "CORTEO", "KOOZA" and most recently "VOLTA". During this time, Ben has performed in Japan, Russia, The United States, Spain, Canada, 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 musical theatre shows including the Australia/NZ tour of Cats, Miss Saigon, Grease, Metro Street 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, who was a full-time freelance musician at that time. 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. He would later be asked back to perform again in 2015, this time in a duo format with Multi-Instrumentalist Adam Page. 2010 saw Ben release his debut solo studio album, "20TEN" which featured all original compositions, and later released as a play-along package for drums. Since the release of this album, Ben has also gone on to release 2 more recordings as a leader; the œBen Todd and Adam Page Duo EP in 2015 and the œBen 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.

IN 3

  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    Playing the Royal Albert Hall in London with Cirque du Soleil was an incredible moment. Ill never forget the 8 weeks we played there
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    New music is always a huge inspiration for me. As a composer too, I feel playing drums inspires composition and vice-versa
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    I've played Vic Firth my whole career and honestly feel that playing anything else just doesn't really feel like playing drums


Independent / Cirque du Soleil