Patrick Burns

Guest Conductor

PATRICK J. BURNS (b. 1969) serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where he teaches courses in orchestration, counterpoint, band literature and music composition, and also teaches instrumental music in the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools.  

Imperial Brass recorded two CDs under Mr. Burns' direction. The band’s first CD, Highlights, received critical acclaim in the United States and Britain and the second, Imperial Brass and Friends, features world-renowned soloists Philip Smith, Warren Vache, Roger Webster and Chris Jaudes. Mr. Burns has been featured as guest conductor and clinician with public school, university, community and honor bands in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.  

His compositions for symphonic band are performed by The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, has performed his music in Washington, D.C. and at Carnegie Hall. Other performance credits include the Indiana University Symphonic Band, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Symphonic Band, the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble, the MSU Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony and many others. His music has also been performed by conservatory bands in Russia and Japan. The New Jersey Saxophone Ensemble has premiered six of Mr. Burns’ works.  

Mr. Burns’ music for symphonic band is published by Daehn Publications, Wingert-Jones Music and TRN Music Publisher. He has recently received commissions from the Goldman Band/Harvey Phillips Foundation, Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble, and the North Jersey Area Band Association. Mr. Burns has been a recipient of an ASCAP Special Composition Award annually since 2001.