Pat was inspired by the music of Louis Armstrong at age 5 and began playing in his school band at age 8. His eclectic career spans the decades as a soloist, orchestral, chamber, opera, commercial, and improvising musician.
Pat founded The Monumental Brass Quintet and with it has recorded and toured extensively throughout the United States. He has performed with orchestras at the Kennedy Center and Constitution Hall, with the Annapolis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Gettysburg Symphony, the Annapolis Opera, Baltimore Opera, and Concert Artists of Baltimore. He has recorded for the PBS and ABC television networks, Voice of America, and has performed on numerous radio and TV programs.
As an instructor of trumpet, Pat serves on the faculties of the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Levine School of Music in Washington DC. For several years he served as Coordinator of Brass Chamber Music and Director of Trumpet Ensembles at the Levine School. Pat also maintains his own private teaching studio in Columbia, Maryland.
Through his involvement (since 2003) with Music for People, Pat has become an avid proponent of improvised music. A graduate of MfP’s Music Leadership Program, Pat is a passionate and dynamic facilitator of improvised music workshops. He has presented improv workshops at the Peabody Conservatory’s Prep Division, the Summer Brass Institute hosted by Monumental Brass, the Howard and Montgomery County Maryland public schools, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and at various venues in the central Maryland area. Improvisation is a core component of Pat’s private teaching approach to trumpet.
As a member of the Momentary Quartet, Pat joined his MfP collegues Jane Buttars, Lin Foulk, and Harold McKinney in performance at the annual conference of The International Society for Improvised Music in New York City in June 2014.
Pat spends time off, often getting lost, in “Patsburgh” the fictitious town on his toy train layout, The Free State Junction Railway. Considering model railroading as an art form, Pat creates scenes, constructs mountains and landscapes, paints buildings and rail cars. Hearing the locomotive whistles and horns blow always bring a big grin to Pat’s face J. He subscribes to the motto “ It’s never to late to have a happy childhood!”
Alison is an improvising musician (primarily using piano, voice and melodica), teacher and facilitator.
Since 1983, Alison has played jazz, R&B, rock and reggae music with all sorts of groups in all sorts of places in and around North Carolina, Hawai'i and South Florida. She is the creator and caretaker of mahaloArts, a company committed to presenting creative endeavors that underscore gratefulness for being alive. She heads up the flexible performing ensemble mahaloJazz (est. 2006).
After a 21-year career as an architectural designer, Alison completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies in December 2007 and a Masters of Arts degree in composition in May 2010, both at Florida Atlantic University. She has been teaching music privately since 2005, performing as often as possible and facilitating community music-making gatherings.
Since its inception in 2013, she serves as assistant director of BIOMY (BIOMY.org), a recreational jazz band based in Chapel Hill/Carrboro for middle and high school students.
In October 2014 she established the Sunday Evening Music Salon (http://mahaloarts.com/mahaloplayshops/), a monthly community improvised music-making gathering open to anyone who wants to explore his/her musical voice.
Teaching keeps us musicians honest. We share what we know, and we learn and rediscover along the way. My primary goal in this life is to help others discover and nourish their particular voices, their unique ways of expressing and interpreting their lives through the language of music. I love my musical life, and welcome every opportunity to share it with others.