Russell Burge

Russell D. Burge


Professor of Percussion; Chair, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion Department

Memorial Hall


CCM Percussion - 0003

Professional Summary

Rusty Burge is Professor of Percussion and chair of the Department of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion at CCM. He is also a member of Percussion Group Cincinnati with whom he has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Recent performances include the Japan World Drum Festival, Chinese International Music Festival, Taipei International Percussion Convention, the Ravinia Festival and numerous PASIC Conventions. He was formerly principal percussionist with the West Virginia Symphony and plays extra with the Cincinnati Symphony. He received his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and a masters degree from CCM.

Professor Burge teaches percussion, jazz vibraphone and directs the CCM Steel band. He is an active jazz vibraphonist who has recorded for Summit, J Curve Records, CBS Masterworks and Telarc. He has recent performed with Peter Erskine, Ted Nash, Rich Perry, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Steve Allee, Roland Vazquez and Michael Spiro, His latest recording Transitions (with fellow CCM faculty member Kim Pensyl) on Summit Records received rave reviews from Jazz Times and All About Jazz. Mr. Burge's new book Method for Vibraphone was released last fall.


BM: Eastman School of Music

MM: University of Cincinnati