Trumpet Player Patrick Hession of Detroit, Michigan was born in Lafayette, Indiana. Patrick began playing the trumpet at the age of twelve. Patrick relates, "There is one defining moment that stands out in my memory as the time I not only decided that I would be a trumpet player, but that I would set the goal of some day playing lead chair in the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau Band. It was the first time I saw Maynard perform. He was on the Mike Douglas Show, the band playing "Birdland" and "Maria," with Jerry Lewis and the Boss playing the blues together. I was so excited I could not contain myself"
Trumpet Player Patrick Hession had to fight long and hard to get that very first trumpet. Patrick's Dad was initially totally opposed to Patrick becoming a musician. Determined to have a trumpet, Patrick started taking every job that he could find to make enough money to buy a trumpet. It took some time, but finally Patrick's Dad saw how much Patrick was willing to go through and he relented and bought Patrick his first trumpet ... a Bundy II. Patrick participated in all the musical activities in junior high and high school as well as playing at St. Mary's Cathedral where his Grandmother, Mary Hession, was organist and his Dad, relatives and friends were all in the Church Choir. Since Patrick was performing in church during this period, his main trumpet influence was Maurice Andre. Patrick developed his chops by trying to imitate the piccolo trumpet on his B-flat trumpet.
In the summer before his senior year of high school, Patrick suffered a collapsed lung. The bad news was that Patrick was off the horn for two months and had to start all over again; the good news was that Patrick had two months to listen to Maynard's recordings which not only gave him the inspiration to keep on with the trumpet, but also gave him insight into some of Maynard's techniques. When Patrick got his chops back, he was able to play Maynard's opening cadenza on Gospel John ... which he then performed with my high school jazz band.
The Gospel John cadenza won Patrick a three year (1987 - 1989) summer job at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Cleveland, Ohio his freshman year at Ball State University. The next two summers, Patrick played at the Walt Disney World Theme Park Resort, followed by the All-American College Marching Band in 1990 and the All-American College Show Band in 1991. Patrick got to play with many great jazz artists in the Jazz Ensemble at Ball State ... great training for the real world of a sideman.
Patrick Hession took delivery of the prototype Monette PRANA XLT Bb Professional Trumpet in June of 2004. This was the first, truly lightweight Bb lead trumpet Monette had ever made. Patrick relates that the Monette PRANA XLT Bb Professional Trumpet gives him a bigger, livelier sound, improved intonation and much easier "slotting" in the extreme upper register! Soon after Patrick started using his new Monette PRANA XLT Bb Professional Trumpet on tour with Maynard Ferguson, Maynard - who immediately noticed the improvements in Patrick's sound on the new horn - started joking on-stage during the gig, "Why is Patrick playing MY HORN?" As a result, Dave Monette eventually designed a new trumpet just for Maynard. In January of 2006, Patrick spent four days at the Monette shop in Oregon trying to see if the Monette PRANA BL4 Trumpet Mouthpiece he had been using could be improved. As a result of their collaboration and many hours of trying various modifications, Patrick now plays the Monette PRANA BL4 S6 Trumpet Mouthpiece. Patrick uses and endorses Ultra Pure Valve Oil and Tuning Slide Lub.