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Landon Baker - Ringling Bros. Circus

Landon's setup for the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus' production of Legends.


"Playing for Ringling Bros. Circus has been one of the most demanding and enjoyable experiences of my drumming career. This gig isn't just about the grooves I play, it's a lot about how I interact with the acrobats clowns and animals to enhance what they're doing on stage. Finding a happy medium for both the groove and accents is what makes it so much fun. The cues for the show always change, they might come faster or slower than a previous show, so I always have to be ready for anything. It keeps you on your toes! 

I use the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad quite a bit throughout the show, which sends the front of house loops and the rest of the band a click. I have a few taiko drums programmed into the pad for some big moments during the show. I use a Boss kill switch for some acts because I need to change presets very fast. I also use the Roland V-Drum for timpani rolls which is controlled by a Roland TD-30 brain. 

The kit is a Yamaha Live Oak Custom with sizes 10" 12" 16" and 22". I use a custom snare made by Famous Drums as my main snare and it's a 13"x 5." It's my favorite snare to play because of the richness and depth it provides. It's made out of beautiful African Padauk wood. My side snare is a 10"x 6" PDP Black Out Maple."

  • Clear Emperors on all toms
  • Coated Emperor X on main snare
  • Coated Emperor on side snare
  • Clear Powersonic on bass drum

I use all Zildjian Cymbals. From left to right:

  • 13" K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats
  • 10" K Splash
  • 18" A Custom Crash
  • 10" K Custom Dark Splash
  • 16" A Custom EFX
  • 20" K Custom Session Ride
  • 17" A Custom Crash
  • 17" K China

The Vic Firth AS7A is my stick of choice.

Landon is a proud endorser of Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Heads, Clear Tune Monitors and Drumtacs.

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