Patrick J. Burns
(b. 1969) serves as an adjunct professor of music at Montclair State
University in New Jersey, where he teaches orchestration,
counterpoint, band literature, and music composition. Mr. Burns also
teaches instrumental music in the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public
Schools. In 1986, Mr. Burns founded the Bloomfield Youth Band, a
community wind ensemble of 65 secondary school and collegiate
musicians, which he continues to direct today.
compositions have been performed throughout the United States and
abroad by various ensembles, including the U.S. Army Band
"Pershing's Own" in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall, and
conservatory bands in Russia and Japan. His music has twice appeared
on Bandworld's Top 100 list of band compositions, while The Instrumentalist,
School Music News, and The Classical New Jersey Society Journal
have praised his music.
Mr. Burns has
received commissions from a number of ensembles including the Goldman
Band/Harvey Phillips Foundation, the Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble,
the North Jersey Area Band Association, and the Ridgewood Concert
Band. He has been a recipient of an ASCAP Special Composition Award
annually since 2001.