Ken Lingad

Some work behind the scenes - I move them

A Lifetime In Service of The Song

Ken Lingad's professional career as a performing artist spans nearly 40 years. Dividing his early childhood years between intensive training and professional performance in classical dance, solo and choral vocals, opera, and musical theatre, Lingad's early accomplishments include a co-starring role in the first Hollywood reboot of The Legend of The Lone Ranger major motion picture, print and catalogue modeling for national corporations, and noteworthy solo vocal performances for professional stage productions and Heads of State. A card-carrying member of SAG and AFTRA before the age of 13, he was overwhelmingly recognized as a world-class vocalist, continuing to pursue an active high school and collegiate career studying both orchestal and marching percussion performance.

A noted pioneer in progressive marching percussion education, Lingad remains a historic figure in the development of the modern marching ensemble idiom in the Southwest at the competitive collegiate and drum and bugle corps-levels, respectively. Lingad was instrumental in the final design of the world's most popular line of marching bass drum mallets: the original Corpsmaster by Vic Firth, after actively field-testing several prototypes with the championship drum lines under his direction. As a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Ken Lingad was particularly involved in the development of Yamaha's Sfz line of marching snare drums. 

By the age of twenty he was jetting off to work as a drummer…His reputation led to his inking several major endorsement deals with the top names in the music industry, including Yamaha Drums. At twenty-one, Ken Lingad’s professional relationships included some of the biggest names in the music business.
— Daniel Gibson - Editor, "Native Peoples" Magazine

Today, Ken Lingad enjoys a unique position at the forefront of the music industry, as both Business Executive and Performer. Now based in the Music industry's third coast: Nashville, Tennessee, 2017 finds him authoritatively fulfilling the drums and hand/foot percussion duties of GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Bill Miller, and other talents.

KEN LINGAD'S SELECT GEAR LIST

STUDIO:

  • DW Collector’s Series Exotic Birdseye Maple Drum Set: 10 x 8 VLT rack tom, 14 x 12 ‘X’ Shell floor tom, and a 22 x 18 VLX bass drum configuration. 
  • Early 90s Yamaha Maple Custom Drum Set (customized by Yamaha to Ken's specifications): 12 x 10 rack tom, 14 x 14 floor tom, 16 x 16 bass drum configuration
  • Yamaha Recording Custom Drum Set (pre-YESS): 10 x 7.5 rack tom, 12 x 8 rack tom, 14 x 12 floor tom, 16 x 14 floor tom, 18 x 18 bass drum configuration
  • Zildjian cymbals: 20" Heavy K Dark Ride,  17" K Custom Dark Crash, 17" K Custom Dark China, 14" A Custom Fast Crash, 15" K Light Hi-Hat 
  • 14 x 5.5 Brass Snare Drum - Yamaha Manu Katche Signature Model
  • 10 x 4 Maple Snare Drum - Peter Erskine Signature Model
  • 14 x 5.5 Maple Snare Drum - Mapex Black Panther Velvetone Model
  • Cajon - Alex Acuna Signature Model
  • Schlagwerk Studio Shakers
  • Schlagwerk Frame Drum - Pandariq Model
  • AKAI MPC Renaissance DAW

LIVE RIG - 2017:

  • Limited Edition (#9 of 20) DW Collector’s Series Exotic Birdseye Maple Drum Set: 10 x 8 VLT rack tom, 12 x 9 VLT rack tom, 14 x 12 ‘X’ Shell floor tom, 16 x 14 VLX floor tom, and a 22 x 18 VLX bass drum configuration.
  • 14 x 5.5 Brass Snare Drum - Yamaha Manu Katche Signature Model
  • 10 x 4 Maple Snare Drum - Peter Erskine Signature Model
  • Cajon - Alex Acuna Signature Model
  • Schlagwerk Frame Drum - Pandariq Model
  • Schlagwerk Studio Shakers
  • Zildjian cymbals: 20" Heavy K Dark Ride,  17" K Custom Dark Crash, 17" K Custom Dark China, 14" A Custom Fast Crash, 15" K Light Hi-Hat
  • All Hardware is Drum Workshop. Ken has recently switched to DW Machined Direct Drive (MDD) Pedals and Hi-Hat Stands. 

 

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