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Patrick Bailey

Director; Concert Band



Patrick works to engage students through music - education, performance, and advocacy are common threads. He is a 2008 graduate of the Pennsbury School District, 2012 graduate of Temple University, and 2016 graduate of Drexel University. His current work in the field seeks to help understand the intersection between the arts, education, and the impact of a quality arts experience on a child’s future.

The Pennsbury School District’s instrumental music program, where Patrick teaches full time as a tenured faculty member, has been recognized annually since 2006 by the NAMM Foundation as one of the top communities for music education in the country - current initiatives include cross-curricular instructional design. In addition to work in public education, Patrick serves on the artistic and administrative staff for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra as an Assistant Conductor and Operations Director & Librarian. He is also an adjunct professor at Temple University where he co-authored the Arts Enterprise course on personal financial management and small business development in the arts, and at Moore College of Art and Design where he teaches Entrepreneurship for the business minor program. He is also an active freelance percussionist; performances as a soloist included the 2012 North American Debut of John Psathas’s Timpani Concerto “Planet Damnation” as a guest soloist with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra. He is a published composer and author, active clinician, and advocate for students, music, and public education. In 2019 Patrick was appointed as the Music Director & Conductor of the Drexel University Concert Band.

Patrick holds degrees from Temple University (B.M. Music Education) and Drexel University (M.S. Arts Administration), as well as continuing education credits from the University of the Arts and the American College of Education. Graduate research at Drexel focused on the goals, communication channels, and funding structures of non-profit performing arts organizations' arts education programming in public schools. This research has helped to engage arts leaders in conversations about how arts education programs are structured and implemented, and how those programming decisions impact students’ musical experiences. In 2016, Patrick was awarded the Karen Murdoch Scholarship for Visionary Leadership in the Arts by Drexel University. Other honors include Temple University’s Jack Moore Scholarship for contributions to the percussion department, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Helen Carp distinguished service award, Pennsbury’s Stan Kenton Award for excellence in jazz, and membership in various academic honors societies. Patrick is a member of the PMEA and NAfME music education associations.