Mary Harris (musician)

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Mary Harris
Mary Harris in Tin Drum Studio in 2013.jpeg
Background information
Born Oakland, California, U.S.
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1976 - present
  • MCA
  • Tin Drum Music
Associated acts

Mary Harris is an American keyboardist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. She is currently appearing on stage as a member of the five-time Grammy Award nominated band Ambrosia. Harris, as a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band arranged vocals and sang on recordings and live performances, and has worked with Stewart Copeland and Stanley Clarke, and recorded for Pink Floyd. She is also a founding member of the group Tin Drum.


Harris began playing piano at age four, starting formal lessons at age five. She grew up from early childhood in the town of Three Rivers, California where she performed from age ten on with family members locally.

Early music career[edit]

Harris' first paying music performances were with bands including Oak Grove and Fair Game in Three Rivers in the seventies and early eighties. She moved to Los Angeles, California in 1982.

Professional career[edit]

Mary Harris at right, onstage with (from left) Burleigh Drummond, Michael McDonald, Amy Holland, and Joe Puerta on 3-20-16 at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA in a benefit concert.

Although Mary Harris is perhaps best known for her singing and vocal arranging with Jimmy Buffett as a long-time member of the Coral Reefer Band [1][2] she has performed and recorded with numerous notable music acts including Stewart Copeland, and Stanley Clarke in the band Animal Logic [3]

Harris joined the Progressive rock group Ambrosia in 2012 as a full-time member, and is currently active in touring, composing and recording with the band.

Tin Drum[edit]

Mary Harris and her husband Burleigh Drummond formed the band Tin Drum in the 1990s, and have released several albums to date.[4]


  1. ^ "Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville :: Archived Articles: Barometer Soup". Archived from the original on 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  2. ^ "Musicians and Performers". Archived from the original on 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Animal Logic Concert Set List". 1989-06-01. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  4. ^ "Real World - Tin Drum | Credits". AllMusic. 1996-01-02. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 

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