Roy Burns RIP
Aquarian founder dies
Rhythm is saddened to report the passing of a bona fide legend of the industry – Aquarian Drum Heads founder Roy Burns. He was 82 years old.
Although he was best-known by many for founding Aquarian back in 1980, Roy was behind a plethora of other achievements, including the founding of the concept of the drum clinic.
Born in Emporia, Kansas, Burns, on the recommendation of jazz drummerLouie Bellson, moved to New York at the age of 20 to pursue a career as a drummer. He soon notched up stints behind the kit with a slew of stars, including Woody Herman and Benny Goodman.
Throughout the 1960s, Burns became an in-demand drum teacher as well as a studio player, with the latter seeing him work on the Tonight and MervGriffin shows. This was followed by a 12-year spell as a staff artist for Rogers.
By the time thatRoy formed Aquarian, he had also helped to pioneer the concept of drum clinics, and by the late 80s Aquarian was up-and-running and on the way to becoming the industry heavyweight that he is known as today.
An official statement from the company on its founders passing said: “It is with our deepest sorrow and sadness that we inform you of the passing of our founder and friend, Roy Burns. Roy has meant so much to so many. He will be remembered as a worldrenowned drummer, an educator, an author, a clinician, a percussion industry marketer and manufacturer, and most of all, a mentor.
“Roy was known not only as a world-class drummer of enormous skill,” says Aquarian, “but one who would ‘play’ for the music and had the respect of all those that he performed with.”
Roy’s passing is a heavy loss to the drumming world and Rhythm would like to pass our condolences to the many friends and family ofRoy Burns, as well as the wider Aquarian community.
Aquarian founder, pioneering educator and esteemed drummer Roy Burns