Roy Burns RIP

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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

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