Thomas Burritt

Thomas Burritt with Marimba

Associate Director, Butler school of Music Professor of Percussion

Director of Percussion Studies
Director, Percussion Ensemble

Area Counselor, percussion

As Percussion Soloist Burritt has been active performing percussion concertos by Maki Ishii, Steve Mackey, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Dougherty, David Maslanka, John Mackey, and James MacMillan. Burritt has recorded for guitarist Eric Johnson and recording artist David Byrne. Burritt's first solo CD recording: "All Times Identical - New American Music for Marimba" was released in November 2006. His 2nd solo marimba recording "Groundlines" is available in iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Rdio and Spotify. In August of 2015, Burritt released his latest recording via YouTube, featuring a video album of J. S. Bach's 5th Cello Suite performed on the Marimba. In 2009 and 2016, Burritt performed on two Grammy nominated recordings: "Conspirare in Concert" and "Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings", both distributed world wide on the harmonia mundi label. In the spring of 2012, Burritt was cited as being one of "The most influential Music Professors on Twitter."

He is currently Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is a clinician/endorser for Majestic Percussion,  Innovative Percussion, Remo,  Beetle Percussion and Grover Pro Percussion.


Applied Percussion 

Contact Information


Campus location
MRH 6.230

Teaching Areas


Research Areas

Contemporary Percussion Solo Performance

Chamber Music Performance


Doctor of Musical Arts 
Northwestern University

Master of Music 
Kent State University

Bachelor of Music (education) 
Ithaca College

Bachelor of Music (performance) 
Ithaca College