|from Mark: I have had a fair bit of experience playing, from doing solo classical recitals to playing with many many bands- including Thinking Plague, Hamster Theatre, momen terra, Random Axe, the boulder Creative Music Ensemble, Monkey Siren, Lois LaFond and the Rockadiles, recording with all those, and Fred Hess, and Ron Miles, and various one off recordings etc- I have been fortunate to have had some excellent students who now are doing quite amazing things in the music world.|
Patrick Medina - Clarinet, Saxophone
Patrick Medina grew up in Spokane, Washington where he started playing music at the age of 8. Some of his earliest memories include hours spent listening to the likes of John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis in his father’s home office, but it wasn’t until hearing the song “Put Down the Duckie” on Sesame Street that he honed in on his instrument of choice: the saxophone.
In his school days Patrick played saxophone in concert and jazz band and was a featured soloist when his middle school band took first place at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. As Patrick entered high school he was regularly performing professionally in the Pacific Northwest and further expanded his creative outlets by picking up the piano, flute, clarinet, and percussion. It was also at this time that he began studying privately at Cornish College of the Arts with west coast saxophone legend Hadley Caliman, former tenor saxophonist with Freddie Hubbard’s band and rock legend Carlos Santana.