Music Faculty & Staff

Jay Burnham

Jay Burnham has been the principal timpanist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 1991.  He also served as principal timpanist for the ASO from 1987-89 and as percussionist/timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1989-1991.  A graduate of the Cleveland Institute, he studied with Richard Weiner and Paul Yancich, principal percussionist, and principal timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

As an educator, Mr. Burnham served as an instructor of Percussion at Cleveland State University from 1989-1991 and currently serves as Instructor of Percussion at Birmingham Southern University, Alabama School of Fine Arts and the University of Montevallo, where he teaches percussion lessons, percussion methods, percussion ensemble and drum circle.