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Ken Burton started playing in high school, taking lessons from a local Montana teacher, Dr. Ralph Campbell, and participating in clinics at the University of Montana. Burton was the lead drummer in the Polson High School Stage Band, playing swing and jazz, soloing and performing with the highest honors in statewide competitions. After high school, and music education at the U of M, Burton helped form the progressive rock band Papa Tuba, which covered artists from the Grateful Dead to Yes, Frank Zappa to Led Zeppelin, as well as many original tunes. Papa Tuba performed over a three state area, as well as outdoor festivals with over a thousand attendees (not a bad accomplishment for a drummer not yet 21 years old).
Burton left Papa Tuba to move to Oregon, where he played for a groundbreaking church – Life Church, of Salem Oregon –- playing an early incarnation of in what would become the current wave of church praise and worship music (his music director and senior pastor, Mike Herron, is currently an artist and touring worship leader). Burton also helped form the Salem, Oregon band No Lies, which covered the mainstream of what was current CCM, as well as many original numbers. No Lies performed in both Oregon and Washington in many church and non-church venues (again, serving as a forerunner in crossing over from the “sacred” to the “secular.”)
After 15 years helping lead instrumental worship in Oregon, Burton moved back to Western Montana, where he started a retail music business and music school, and formed a band with some of his musically accomplished children, called the Noisy Boys. Also in western Montana Burton joined the blues band The Ruminators, featuring Doug Ruhman on guitar.
In 2003 Burton moved to his current home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he plays with the tribute act Simply Shania and continues to play for multiple churches and music conferences from the Miami metro area in Florida to the Treasure Coast. Burton is also playing with the Yes Tribute Sound Chaser upon occasion.
Burton plays Ludwig and Sabian exclusively, and utilizes Vic Firth stiKen SoFlo croppedcks and Remo heads.
This 70’s maple kit has been assembled and designed to play out as anything from Classic Zeppelin to Club 4 piece to full 7 piece.
You can contact at ken@NoisyBoys.com or at 561-255-9776.
My personal website is http://NoisyBoys.com; my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/kbconsul
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- Member since:
- Mar 18 2008
- Active within 1 month
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Cray, Robben Ford, etc. Billy Cobham, Buddy Rich, Dino Castronovo, and Alex Acuna rate among my favorite drummers.
- Acoustic Guitar:
I play a American Ludwig Classic maple kit. Have full set of mikes, mini-mixer for click tracks, isolation headphones and IEMs.
Current Kit (All Ludwig, natural maple unless noted):
American Classic Maple 14x22 Bass Drum
American Classic Maple 8x10 Tom, 10x14 Tom, 16x16 Floor Tom, 16x18 Floor Tom/Bass Drum
American Classic Maple 6x13 Snare Drum
Supraphonic Chrome over Brass 5x14 Snare Drum
Supraphonic Hammered Bronze 6.5x14 Snare Drum
American Classic Birch 5x14 Snare Drum
Supraphonic 3x13 Piccolo Bronze Snare Drum
This kit has been assembled and designed to play out as anything from Classic Zeppelin to Club 4 piece to full 7 piece.
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