25 September 1951 |
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
|Years active||1962 - present|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Sony/BMG, Tin Drum Music|
|Associated acts||Ambrosia, Lost Dogs, Tin Drum|
|Drum Workshop kit|
Burleigh Drummond is an American drummer, percussionist, producer, songwriter and singer. He is a founding member and the only drummer/percussionist for the five-time Grammy Award nominated band Ambrosia.
A self-described "Army brat," Drummond's parents were in the U.S. Army, with his father a full Colonel and his mother an army nurse. The family moved often and ended up being stationed in Ankara, Turkey where as a child Drummond had an experience he found transformative: he watched and listened as artisans hammered out a large copper plate, not unlike a cymbal, "spinning and hammering in sublime synchronicity." From an early age Drummond realized he would be involved in the percussive arts.
After playing in various bands, Drummond signed up with a musicians contact service "for $5" and within a week all three members of what would become the band Ambrosia came by his residence and formed the group "before we ever played a note." Drummond has described Ambrosia compositionally as "Joe Puerta and David Pack were like our Lennon and McCartney and I was kind of the George Harrison!"
Drummond recorded on every Ambrosia record from 1970 to the present, and toured internationally with the band throughout its history to date.