Kenneth D. Burton
Rock, Blues, Country, Gospel since 1969
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 some 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 worldwide representative for Integrity Music). 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 played with the tribute act Simply Shania (www.simplyshania.com), and continues to play for multiple churches and music conferences from the Miami metro area in Florida to the Treasure Coast, including his home church, Hosanna Palm Beach (www.hosannapbc.org). Burton is an active member of the local chapter of Drummers for Jesus. Burton will be working on a recording project with Hosanna Palm Beach in 2011.
Burton began playing a four piece Ludwig Silver Sparkle kit in high school stage band. His own first kit was a Ludwig five piece Maple “Big Beat.” Burton played multiple Vistalite kits though the 80’s and 90’s, and now plays a Classic Maple five piece kit as well as a three piece Oak over maple kit. Burton has now been playing (and promoting) American Ludwig drums for over 40 years.
Current Gear (All Ludwig, natural maple unless noted):
- 2011 4 pc Oak over Maple Keystone Kit 2/16/13/12 in Green Oyster wrap
- 70’s American Classic Maple 14×24 Bass Drum
- 70’s Single Bass Drum Octa-Plus Kit (white) 24/18/16/15/14/13/12/10 (Concert Toms)
- 70’s American Classic Maple 24/18/16/14/13/10
- 60’s Blue Sparkle 20/14
- American Black Beauty 6×13 Snare Drum
- Supraphonic Chrome over Brass: 5×14 Snare Drum, 6.5×14 Snare Drum
- 70’s Supraphonic 5×14 Ludalloy
- Supraphonic Hammered Bronze 6.5×14 Snare Drum
- Acrolite: (70’s) 5×14 Snare Drum, Black Galaxy 5×14 Snare
- Classic Maple: 5×14 snare (Birdseye), 6.5×14 Snare (Satinwood); 8×14 Snare (Birdseye)
- Super Sensitive 5×14 (60’s) Snare Drum
- Ludalloy 10×14 Converted Marching Snare
- Sabian cymbals: 24″ Apx ride, 21″ AAX Stage Ride; 20″ HH Natural Raw Ride; 20″ Apx Ride; 20″ Apx Crash; 19″ AAX Studio Crash; 19″ Paragon China; 18″ Aero Crash; 18″ Apx Crash; 17″ Vault Crash; 16″ Apx Crash; 16″ AAX Xlposion Crash; 15″ HHX Evolution Crash; 15″ HH Medium Thin Crash; 15″ AAX Metal over HHX Groove Hi-Hats; 15″ Apx Hi-Hats; 14″ HHX Evolution Hi-Hats; 14″ HHX Stage Hats; 13″ AAX Stage Hats; 13″ HH Fusion Hats: 13″ Apx Hats; 10″ Chopper; 10″ AAX Xplosion Splash; 10″ Portnoy Splash; 8″ AAX Xplosion Splash
- Roland SPD-SX with two external pads and kick trigger
The 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. Here’s a photo of my Ludwig fusion configuration…
Burton plays Remo heads exclusively except for Evans Emad2 bass drum heads. Burton uses Equation Audio microphones and headphones, as well as BeyerDynamic Headphones.
Played Jazz in High School, Progressive Rock, Country, Blues, CCM professionally.
Some of Burton’s recordings are available on his Myspace Artist’s page – www.myspace.com/thenoisyboy — as well as gear photos and artist photos. You can also see home video at Burton’s YouTube page. Burton’s web site – www.noisyboys.com — will soon be up with its redesign.
Located in South Florida; Cell: 561-255-9776 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org