Burleigh Drummond

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Burleigh Drummond
Burleigh Drummond in Tin Drum Studio.jpeg
Background information
Born (1951-09-25) September 25, 1951 (age 67)
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.
Years active1962–present
Associated acts

Burleigh Drummond (born September 25, 1951) 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.[1]


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."[1] 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!"[2]

Drummond recorded on every Ambrosia record from 1970 to the present, and toured internationally with the band throughout its history to date.[3]

Drummond and his wife, Mary Harris, formed the band Tin Drum in the 1990s, and have released several albums.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ambrosia's Burleigh Drummond". Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  2. ^ http://theshowbizwizard.blogspot.com/2013/04/ambrosia-comes-to-suffolk-theater-chat.html
  3. ^ a b Burleigh Drummond, Allmusic.

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