Patrick hails from Oklahoma City, where he now serves as Principal Percussionist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Growing up, he aspired to play in a rock band, as many drummers do, which he did for a few years before continuing his music education. He secretly wishes that is still an option.
Patrick received his Bachelor of Musical Arts degree with a minor in Education from Oklahoma Baptist University. During his time there, he toured with the OBU Jazz band on two occasions throughout Brazil. Patrick continued his education, earning a Master’s of Music in Percussion Performance from Oklahoma City University, and later, a Performance Certificate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Past instructors include K. Dean Walker, Josh Knight, David Steffens, Adrian Spillett, Andrew Herbert, Patrick King, Matthew Perry, Grahame King, Jonathan Herbert, Sophie Hastings, Jason Huxtable, Tim Palmer, and Alexej Gerassimez.
His performance experience includes performing with the Fort Smith Symphony, Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. As well as orchestral music, Patrick enjoys performing chamber music with the Great Plains Percussion Group.
On top of being the Principal Percussionist of the OKC Philharmonic, Patrick holds teaching positions as adjunct professor of percussion at Southern Nazarene University and Oklahoma Baptist University. He is also a percussion teacher with El Sistema Oklahoma.
Patrick loves spending his free time with his wife, Nicole, and their son Benjamin. One of their favorite family activities is traveling and visiting historic places. When there is time, Patrick can be seen reading large books, usually much bigger than they should be.
Patrick has been performing on Grover products since his undergraduate studies. His go-to tambourine is the one he received as a college graduation gift, the Grover 10” Silver/Bronze. It has served him well through many performances and auditions. He also uses the Grover woodblocks and Pro Hammered Bronze triangles. Patrick loves these triangles ‘because they produce such great overtones and add a splash of complex color to any ensemble!’ Patrick is grateful to be doing what he loves for a living and considers it a privilege to be partnered with Grover Pro Percussion.