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Patrick J. Burns


Patrick J. Burns (b. 1969, Newark, N.J.) is an American clarinetist, composer, conductor, music educator and publisher..

Burns has served as adjunct professor of music at Montclair State University in New Jersey since 1994, where he teaches courses in music theory, orchestration, and composition, and has also been director of the New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion since September 2011. As a clarinetist, Mr. Burns has performed with many professional ensembles in the New York metro area including the Metropolitan Opera Summer Ballet Orchestra, the pit orchestra for the Broadway revival production of Camelot starring Robert Goulet, and with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society in broadcasts for National Public Radio and New Jersey Network Television. After teaching for 15 years in the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools, Mr Burns is currently employed by Ackk Studios as orchestrator/composer/conductor for the company’s video game and film projects being produced for the Nintendo Corporation and Limited Run Games.

Patrick Burns’ music for symphonic band has appeared on Bandworld magazine’s Top 100 list of band compositions five times. The Instrumentalist and School Music News have printed numerous favorable reviews of Mr. Burns’ band music, and The Classical New Jersey Society Journal has praised his chamber music. His music for symphonic band has been performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago and has been recorded for the educational series Distinguished Music for the Developing Band. He has received commissions from many organizations including the Goldman Band/Harvey Phillips Foundation, The Ohio Northern University chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Bel Air (Maryland) Community Band, the SoundTree Corporation and Westlake Village High School Wind Ensemble (California) for the band’s performance at Carnegie Hall.

From 2003 to 2010 and since 2013, Mr. Burns served as president of the Bloomfield Federation of Music. In March 2010, he founded his own publishing company, Bandworks Publications, which he continues to operate today.

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