Percussionist Patrick Shrieves held the position of Principal Timpanist for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 2005 until the bankrupycy of the orchestra in 2011.  Prior to joining the SSO, he was the Principal Timpanist of the United States Air Force Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.  During his twenty-year career in the United States Air Force, he toured and performed in all fifty states and took part in overseas tours to Europe and South America.  In addition to his duties as Timpanist, Patrick also performed as Auxiliary Percussionist with the Airmen of Note, the official Jazz Ensemble of the United States Air Force.  With the Note, he had the opportunity to perform with legendary jazz artists such as Michael and Randy Brecker, Diane Schur, Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera.

   Patrick studied at the Curtis Institute of Music where his mentors were Gerald Carlyss and Michael Bookspan of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He studied drum set with Peter Erskine and Kenwood Dennard and Latin percussion with Frankie Malabe.  He also attended the Aspen Music Festival.  In addition to his demanding Air Force schedule, Patrick worked as the Principal Timpanist of the Prince William Symphony and the Manassas Dance Company.  He has served as an adjunct percussion instructor at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.  Mr. Shrieves has been a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the USAF Concert Band, the Prince William Symphony and numerous college and high school ensembles.