When I was a high school freshman and I decided I wanted to pursue music professionally, I knew I had to start studying with Pat. Pat is able to fuse the "technical" with the "musical." While some teachers insist on building these two elements separately, clinically, and with absolute certainty, Pat possesses a more natural, humble, and spiritual understanding of improvement. He is also a master of the mental game of brass playing (trumpet is very similar to golf and tennis). Lessons with Pat often felt like meditations and explorations rather than workout sessions. I have had many great teachers, but I don't think I would have enjoyed any amount of professional success if I hadn't studied with Pat when I did.
One thing Pat said that has always stuck with me: "Be a great person first, and a great player second.”
"When our daughter started taking lessons from Pat, she was an extremely nervous auditioner with very little confidence. After learning how to get out of her head and into her music, her confidence soared and her ability to handle an audition went along with it. He was challenging and compassionate at the same time. Pat took the time to know Emily and to find the right way to motivate her. He taught her how to feel the music, not just play it. She gained all the skills she needed to accomplish her musical goals which included making the Wind Ensemble in high school, the Marching Virginians, Virginia Tech Pep Band and the Symphonic Band. Her trumpet continues to bring her joy and we owe so much to Pat for giving her that. He's the best musical decision we ever made."
"Lessons aren't only about music. They're about how we mentally approach both music and life."