American jazz drummer, percussionist and educator.
Roy played (among others) with Woody Herman and Benny Goodman. His name sometimes appeares (incorrectly) as Roy Burnes, Ray Burnes and Roy Burness on recordings.
b. Nov. 30, 1935 in Emporia, KS.
d. May 2, 2018, Fullerton, CA
This 1973 matchup is a wonderful big band album, for those who have a taste for that much neglected and maligned genre, and some very nice compositions. It's a bit less progressive than the customary content on this blog, even less than some of the most posted college band stuff like the Towson State series or NTSU. I'm not sure why the Dick Grove big band appears only on this record, with no other listings, if it was just a nonce project for Roy Burns, or how it relates. Note that Roy Burns made another college band album prior to this one with song titles appearing to my eyes somewhat more humdrum.
Anyways, by far the best composition is My Lady, which you can hear here: