The Pat Patrick Music Fund at MBA was established in 2016 by Pat's classmates and friends to honor his memory and love for jazz music. Tom Bailey ('65) and Gene Shanks ('65) were instrumental in establishing this Fund to enrich MBA's music program.
The mission of the Fund is to honor Pat Patrick by celebrating the jazz, rock 'n roll and classic dance band music that he created and enjoyed for more than fifty years along with his family, classmates at Montgomery Bell Academy and Vanderbilt University, and his many friends throughout Middle Tennessee and from coast to coast.
Thanks to the donors who have made this Fund possible, MBA sends a group of students to either New Orleans or to Memphis and Clarksdale each spring to learn about the foundations and distinctions of jazz and to explore modern day versions of jazz at live venues.
Additionally, the fund affords MBA an opportunity to invite Artists in Residence to campus to work with its students teaching them the fundamentals of jazz. And, the Fund provides for live music each spring during MBA's Alumni Days and Reunion Weekend.
To date, over 20 students have traveled to some of Pat's favorite cities to study the history of jazz. The entire band class traveled to Kentucky to participate in a Jazz Festival and the school has seen 6 Artists in Residence since the inception of the program.
Each spring MBA hosts the Pat Patrick Spring Jazz Concert where it recognizes students who were selected for the jazz trips and where it features an Artist in Residence to perform one of Pat Patrick's legendary songs.
See trips, artists in residences, and experiences here: