BA in Saxophone Performance, Northeastern State University
MM in Jazz Studies, University of Central Oklahoma
DMA in Saxophone Performance, Texas Tech University
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Originally from Tonkawa, Oklahoma, Dr. Tracy Patterson is Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Woodwind Chair at Winthrop University where he directs the award-winning Winthrop University Swingin’ Eagles Jazz Ensemble, teaches applied saxophone, and coaches saxophone chamber ensembles. An energetic and diverse performer, Patterson has premiered several works for the saxophone, and is active in the commissioning of new music. Equally equipped as a jazz and classical saxophonist, he has appeared as a soloist in numerous settings.
Patterson has performed concertos with the University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony, the Winthrop University Wind Symphony, and the Carolina Wind Orchestra. He has presented programs at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences annually since 2010. Additionally, he has presented master-classes or lectures at the Music Teachers National Association Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Conference, and the South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference. In 2016, he received the Jazz Educator of the Year Award from the South Carolina Band Directors Association. As a jazz saxophonist, he has toured the United States, Mexico, and Europe with various ensembles including the Jason Harms Jazz Quintet, Duo Amizade, The Carolina Saxophone Collective, and the Winthrop Faculty Combo. While living in Lubbock, Texas in 2012, Patterson performed at a private event hosted by President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. He has performed with noted artists Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Robin Eubanks, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Lippia, Linda Eder, Lorna Luft, Brett Eldridge, and Darius Rucker. An active orchestral musician, he has appeared multiple times with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.
Patterson received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Northeastern State University, the Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from Texas Tech University. He has previously served on the faculty at Lubbock Christian University and Texas Tech University. Patterson is a Yamaha Performing Artist and exclusively performs on Yamaha Custom Saxophones. He resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with his wife, Joy.