Basic Background Info

Birth: August 19, 1968
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Band: The Art Decay, Big Dirty Band, The Tea Party
Genres: Rock, Pop
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Songwriter, Radio Personality


Though he began learning to play music on the piano, Jeff Burrows soon turned to drumming. With the encouragement of his father, also a drummer, Jeff Burrows joined his first band The Suspects at age ten with schoolmate Jeff Martin. By eleven, he purchased his first drum kit - an old set of Ludwigs. Burrows, Martin, and another schoolmate Stuart Chatwood played in many other bands over the years.

While attending the Sandwich Secondary School, Jeff Burrows actively pursued the arts. He referred to himself as a "reject" in school, noting his white hair, black clothing, and eyeliner.

After a marathon jam session in 1990, Jeff Burrows, Martin, and Chatwood formed the band The Tea Party. They released a self-titled debut album in 1991 on their own label. They toured Canada, Australia, and Europe and released many albums, certified gold, platinum, and double platinum on the Canadian charts. The Tea Party abruptly disbanded in 2005 after struggling with creative differences.

After the first four years of The Tea Party, Jeff Burrows desperately needed a new drum kit. The Drum Doctor, Ross Garfield, built him a custom Gretsch kit. With the added exposure from The Tea Party’s demanding tour schedule, Jeff Burrows received attention from the drum industry, and he eventually joined the Drum Workshop family.

In 2005 after the split of The Tea Party, Jeff Burrows joined forces with well-known Canadian musicians, including Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, on a project called Big Dirty Band. The group recorded a song, a cover of Sonny Curtis’s "I Fought The Law," for the Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack. Jeff Burrows then worked with a Windsor band called Is There A Band In The House, playing local shows with them. During 2007 Jeff Burrows reunited with The Tea Party band mate Stuart Chatwood in the The Art Decay.

Jeff Burrows continues to record music with independent bands, but he also works as a radio personality on Windsor radio station The Rock.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1993 Splendor Solis The Tea Party
1996 Alhambra The Tea Party
1997 Transmission The Tea Party
1998 Motor City's Burnin', Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Triptych The Tea Party
2000 Tangents: The Tea Party Collection The Tea Party
2001 Interzone Mantras The Tea Party
2003 Bridge Shaye
2004 Seven Circles The Tea Party


  • Burrows often auctions memorabilia to benefit the charity Transition 2 Betterness.
  • He plays many world percussion instruments, including the djembe, dumbek, darabukkah, and tabla.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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