Patrick Hennessey, Jazz Director(back to musicians page)
"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." - Theodore Roosevelt
Favorite composer(s) to listen to?
Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein
Favorite composer(s) to perform?
Studied with the legendary jazz trombonist, Frank Rosolino
If you could blink your eyes and be in a favorite place right now, where would it be?
Inspired by the rich musical environs of his birthplace, New Orleans, it is no wonder that Patrick has dedicated his professional life to the art of music. As a professional musician with extended residencies in Southern California, Hawai’i, and Florida, he has toured nationally and internationally, performed for many renowned entertainers, numerous touring Broadway shows, and various symphony orchestras. In addition, Patrick held the position of principal trombone in the Royal Hawaiian Band, the only full-time, fully funded municipal band in the United States. He retired from the band in 2009 after twenty-six years of distinguished service.
An experienced and versatile educator, Patrick led the jazz ensemble program at the University of Hawaiʻi to national prominence, with performances at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, and two appearances at the North Texas Jazz Festival. During his tenure he welcomed many renowned clinicians and guest soloists to work with his ensembles, including Jeff Jarvis, Jim Widner, Eric Miyashiro, Wycliffe Gordon, Bunky Green, Bill Cunliff, Kim Richmond, Bobby Sanabria, Emil Richards, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Gabe Baltazar. He has held adjunct positions at both Chaminade University and Brigham Young University – Hawai’i, and also served as the education director / co-artistic director of the Mānoa Jazz and Heritage Festival. Patrick also served as the Director of Bands at Hawaiʻi Pacific University, where he was charged with building a comprehensive band program. He concluded his career at Hawaiʻi Pacific University by leading the HPU Wind Symphony on a concert tour of the West Coast, with performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Earning his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Patrick wrote his dissertation on Henry Berger (1844-1929), the legendary bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band. Die Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung un Förderung der Blasmusik (IGEB) selected his work for the 2010 Fritz Thelen Prize, awarded bi-annually for the outstanding dissertation in the field of wind music research. He also holds degrees in music education (MA) and trombone performance (BM) and maintains active membership in numerous professional and musicological organizations. He has presented his research both nationally and internationally and has published in the Journal of Band Research, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, the IGEB Mitteilungsblatt, and Alta Musica.
Patrick continues to maintain an active career as a clinician, adjudicator, educator and performer. Since moving to Florida in 2012 he has taught music theory courses at Florida Institute of Technology and is currently the director of the Stetson University Jazz Ensemble.