Syracuse Drums Studio Press Kit & Media Kit


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Owner Biography

Syracuse Drums alternate logoPatrick R. F. Blakley, Owner

E-mail: Patrick@SyracuseDrums.com

Website: SyracuseDrums.com

Patrick R. F. Blakley is a SAMMY award-winning percussionist from Syracuse, New York. He is a music judge for the New York State Field Band Conference and a certified percussion judge for Winterguard International. He also composed a percussion score and participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2018! Blakley has written two technical marching percussion books, a children’s book called Drummy Drum Joins Marchy Band, and a young adult novel called Drummond which became an Amazon bestseller upon release! Patrick has also written a marching percussion technique and warmup method book that is utilized by over 100 schools across the US plus Canada and the UK! To date, PRFB.net Percussion & Pageantry Arts (the parent company of SyracuseDrums.com) has donated $952.65 in cash to help local communities and education! (Full biography available here.)

SyracuseDrums.com owner Patrick R. F. Blakley

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Patrick R F Blakley Hi-res SAMMYS

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Patrick R F Blakley Lo-res SAMMYS

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Hi-res Epiarch Drums Promo

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2019 SAMMY Awards photo credit: Jim Houle



Syracuse Drums Business Information

Business Name: Syracuse Drums Studio aka SyracuseDrums.comSyracuse Drums main logo for lessons

DBA: PRFB.net Percussion & Pageantry Arts

Tag line: Where Syracuse drums!

Mission Statement: To improve the knowledge and abilities of students, instructors, and music programs by providing high-quality content or education at every level in a simple and enjoyable way.

Lesson Types: Drumset (any style), marching snare drum, marching tenor, marching bass, marching cymbals, concert snare drum, beginner marimba, beginner mallets, multiple hand-percussion instruments.

Special Programs: In-person lessons, in-person small group lessons, digital lessons, drumset setup/tuning service (in-home residential or commercial), drumset practice space rentals. 20-minute assessment lessons for only $15! Marching percussion consultation and percussion clinics are also available.

Syracuse Drums was created by Patrick R. F. Blakley in June 2008 as a custom drum manufacturing company. Originally the business was based in Camillus New York, and was called B Meson Custom Percussion. At the time Patrick built and sold custom-made drums across the country to customers from Massachusetts to California. In late 2010 the company moved to North Syracuse and expanded into a percussion studio featuring two main drumsets as well as almost every other percussion instrument including piano, mallets, and ethnic drums! After establishing its current location Patrick’s business rebranded as Syracuse Drums under the umbrella of the parent company PRFB.net Percussion & Pageantry Arts. He pivoted into teaching percussion as a consultant for several local high school music programs as well as drum and bugle corps and indoor percussion ensembles, as well as his primary focus: drum lessons! Today, Syracuse Drums is still located in North Syracuse, near Bear Road and Buckley Road, and attracts drum students from three counties as well as online from anywhere with digital drum lessons!



Sales copy:


SyracuseDrums.com: Where Syracuse drums!

Master the Drums with Expert Guidance!

Discover the Joy of Drumming with Personalized Lessons!

Limited Spots Available – Book Your Drum Lesson Now!

Fun and Engaging Lessons for All Ages!

Flexible Scheduling – Lessons That Fit Your Busy Life!

Join the Rhythm Revolution!



Book Awards & Nominations:

2024 Syracuse Area Music Awards Finalist



Blurbs, Reviews, Blogs & Testimonials


Patrick was a great instructor, great atmosphere to be in. This was my first time drumming, I really enjoyed my time and I couldn’t find a better place to start my drumming adventure, I highly recommend.

  • Fabio D.

My 8 year-old son has been taking lessons for nearly 3 months now and we cannot rave about it enough! The instructor is passionate and effective. My son can be self-deprecating at times, and Mr. Blakely has a way to ensure that even “mistakes” can be good! Always sends a summary for review at home. My son has been asking to increase frequency because he enjoys his sessions so much. Would highly recommend!

  • Sandy G.

Thank you so much for the first lesson of my child. He was so happy and we are looking forward for the next lesson.

  • John S.



Press Release


Drummond Press Release

Drummond Novel Marching Band Season Press Release

Drummond, Young-Adult Music Novel Trumpets Upcoming New York State Marching Band Season

Author Patrick R. F. Blakley lifelong participant in New York State Field Band Conference

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK — Drummond: Learning to find himself in the music is a young adult novel by Patrick R. F. Blakley, a native of Syracuse, New York. Blakley is a SAMMY award-winning musician who has participated in the New York State Field Band Conference for almost twenty-five years as a performer, instructor, four-time champion, and currently as a music judge. His novel utilizes marching band to help young readers find who they are inside, then use that information to fit in. The book will also help all readers get excited about the NYSFBC season that begins annually on the second Saturday of September. Competitions are held across the entire state on Saturdays and Sundays every week, with championships held annually on the last Sunday of October at the JMA Wireless Dome on the Syracuse University campus. Drummond tells the story of a young drummer who tries desperately to fit in by pursuing brass and woodwind instruments (with the help of some new friends). After some humorous and frustrating failures, he eventually realizes he fits nicely in the drumline and that this solution was staring him in the face all along. The story is loosely based on Blakley’s own experience joining marching band and the NYSFBC as a teen. At release, the eBook became an Amazon.com #1 best seller in four different categories. The novel has also received several five-star professional reviews and multiple book awards.

We finally have a story that speaks to the formative experiences our many young adults have in school band! If you have a child in band they will certainly connect with this smartly-written tale.

-Dr. R. Ward Miller, D.M.A.

Macy’s Great American Marching Band, Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps

PRFB.net is an all-things percussion resource based in Syracuse, New York. The website features free sheet music, publications, apparel, and in-person studio lessons. Marching percussion consultation and show design are also available through the site as well as WGI winterguard audio editing services. Blakley’s percussion music and WGI sound designs have been utilized by groups all across the country.

Learn how to find yourself in the music at PRFB.net/Drummond



Inquire for review copies of Drummond (electronic and print copies available)



Drum Lesson Sell Sheet


Syracuse Drum Lesson Sell Sheet

Click the thumbnail on the left to view or download the Drummond sell sheet PDF.

Inquire for review copies of Drummond (electronic and print copies available)

What helps this book stand out are its two main unique ingredients: An atheist main character, and a marching band theme! Both of these elements are uncommon among fiction novels, not to mention the young adult genre. Diversify your bookshelf with Drummond and let your readers expand their horizons as they learn to find themselves in the music!


Note: The New York State Field Band Conference Championships is held in Syracuse, NY on the last Sunday of October every year! This is always a great time to have some stock on display to capture any attending band members and parents throughout the weekend. The activity brings in thousands of students, family, staff members, and fans from across the entire state (including Long Island) and pulls in two-dozen judges from across the country! It’s also a perfect time to sell for Christmas!



Interview Resources / Sample Q&A

Sample questions with sample answers below


  • Q: Can you tell us about your background and experience in drumming?
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  • Q: What types of drum lessons do you offer?
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  • Q: What sets your drum lesson studio apart from others?
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