Michael Patterson is a graduate of Hardin Simmons University (BM, MM). He has taught as a private music instructor in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and various parts of northeast Fort Worth for the past 20 years. He has performed with the Plano Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Texas Winds Musical Outreach chamber groups, Casa Manana Orchestra, Abilene Opera Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, and Wichita Falls Symphony. He has also toured and recorded with the AETC Air Force Band. Some of the performers that he has performed with are trumpeter Doc Severinsen, singer/songwriter Paul Williams, Van Cliburn gold medalist Jose Feghali, saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, guitarist Pepe Romero, and Cirque du Soleil. He has studied with Dr. Raphael Sanders, Daryl Coad, Andy Crisanti, Elsa Ludwig Verdehr, Martha Boggs and Dr. J. Eric Wilson.