About Patrick R. F. Blakley

Patrick R. F. Blakley: information and experience!

Patrick R. F. Blakley SAMMYS

2019 SAMMY Awards Show Red Carpet

I am a SAMMY award winning percussionist from Syracuse, New York. I’ve worked with several field bands, WGI percussion ensembles and winterguard groups as a director, caption head, concept designer, composer, drill arranger, and audio editor. I am also a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the National Band Association, and have a dual membership with the National Association For Music Education and the New York State School Music Association.

I’m currently an endorsed artist with Innovative Percussion and Epiarch Drums.

I’ve written and published two in-depth technical marching instruction books, Quadratics: The Multi-tom Focus is a book specifically for marching tenor drummers, and another more broad ranged book (and eBook) designed to be an instruction manual for marching percussion called The Field Percussion User Manual for a stepped back look at marching percussion from an instructor’s perspective. I’ve also published a children’s book, with the help from illustrator Emily Hogan, called Drummy Drum Joins Marchy Band. Lastly, the most recent book is a novel called Drummond: A Novel By Patrick R. F. Blakley. This is an expansion of the Drummy Drum story and geared toward a young adult audience for learning about who you are inside, and fitting in. These books are designed to pull students into the marching activity, advance their knowledge within the activity, and further their reach as they progress beyond high school. All of my publications are available here through this site as well as on Amazon.com, among various other outlets!

I am an endorsed drumset artist with Epiarch Drums out of Ames, Iowa and have performed with a variety of local and national acts in various styles including progressive, fusion, alternative, and experimental. My current band Our 11th Hour has been in the production phase of our first album that will release in the near future. I come from a concert and marching music background and in addition to scholastic jazz bands I’ve marched four years of drum and bugle corps with the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps. I’m proud to have helped continue their DCA record 46 consecutive win streak while also winning several percussion caption awards as a member of the tenorline. I also received the bronze medal in the DCA Individual & Ensemble tenor drum event my final year as a member of a marching ensemble.

I now teach and consult marching percussion as well as many other areas of instruction within the marching activity. My ensembles have medaled or won titles in several state and national circuits including all of the following: NYSFBC, NYSPC, BOA, US Bands, NESBA, DCA, and WGI (36 medals in total within these circuits). I currently build custom drums for clients across the country from full drum kits to specialty drums and marching drums at B Meson Custom Percussion. In 2019 The SAMMY awards (The Syracuse Area Music Awards) honored myself and Cicero-North Syracuse Marching Band, where I’m currently the Director of Percussion, with a distinguished Best Artist award after the band performed in the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2018!

In the fall of 2021 I began trialing as a field music, ensemble music, and effect music adjudicator for the New York State Field Band Conference.

On a personal note, I own a private gin collection of 112 different brands, from 16 different countries, and offer tastings to learn more about this incredibly unique spirit.

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