Studio Trumpet Player Steve Patrick of Nashville, Tennessee is one of the most sought after trumpet players in the Nashville, Tennessee music scene. Studio Trumpet Player Steve Patrick has performed and recorded with some of the most notable names in the music business. Steve has played on literally thousands of recordings (over 4,000) during his career! Nashville trumpet player Steve Patrick received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, where he was a student of David Baker, Dominic Spera, and Bill Adam.
Steve relates, "I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. My brother, who I looked up to, played the trumpet. He had a Maynard MF Horn that he used to play. So, I picked up an Olds ambassador that was laying around with an Olds 3C and taught myself how to play by ear. Besides playing along with albums, i.e. Doc Severinsen, Chuck Mangione, Maurice Andre, and Maynard Ferguson, I practiced classical solo literature. I went to Indiana University, studied with Bill Adam and one of his Assistant Instructors when he was out. I also studied with Charlie Gorham and Bernard Adelstein. Another big influence at that time on my physical playing was Mark Van Cleave.
I went on the road for a short time with Maynard when I was 21 years old. I was fortunate to play with trumpet players much better than me at that time. Craig Johnson and Peter Olstad to name just two. I soaked up a lot of music and learned a lot about playing just from standing next to those guys for a short time. The biggest jump for me though was when I moved to Nashville, Tennessee and was fortunate to start playing trumpet next to players like Mike Haynes, George Tidwell, and Jeff Bailey. Sitting next to them was and still is a lesson in trumpet playing and music every time I get to play with them."
Steve maintains a private teaching studio at his home and teaches trumpet lessons part-time at Trevecca Nazarene University, and Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Several of Steve's students are becoming some of the more established freelance performers in the Nashville area.
Steve Patrick plays a Jupiter 1602 Professional Model Trumpet with a Rose Brass Bell along with a Jupiter Piccolo Trumpet and a Jupiter Flugelhorn as of April of 2016 when he became a Jupiter Perfoming Artist.
For mouthpieces, Steve uses PATRICK Mouthpieces ... a line of commercial trumpet mouthpieces that Steve began in 2011 and continues to develop. Says Steve, "Joe and Mary at LOUD Mouthpieces decided to focus their efforts on low brass mouthpieces. My friends at LOUD approached me after that decision was made and told me that I was free to start my own trumpet mouthpiece company, hence, the birth of PATRICK Mouthpieces.
The trumpet mouthpiece designs in the LOUD trumpet line were born out of years of experimentation and my personal experiences as a trumpet player. Those designs continue on in the PATRICK Mouthpieces line of trumpet mouthpieces.
Says Steve, "I love listening to pretty much anyone that plays in tune and has a wonderful sound. I listen to a good bit of Nicholas Payton, Claudio Roditi, older Doc Severinsen, older Maynard, Sergei Nakariakov, and older Chicago Symphony recordings."
Steve offers the following playing advice ... "My advice for younger players, or any player for that matter, is to develop your ear. That is your greatest teacher. Listing to great singers, string players, and trumpet players is how we can all get better. You ear dictates what is lacking in your own playing. By listening to great players/singers we realize what we want to accomplish in our own playing. At that point, any good teacher can help you physically get there on the trumpet."