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September has been a quieter month work wise due to Patrick being on holiday with his partner in the United States. However they had a fantastic time and managed to fit in some musical activities too!
Their trip started in San Diego where they spent three days exploring Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and the harbour before driving along the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles.
There they both visited Universal Studios, Santa Monica, the Griffith Park Observatory and lots more. Whilst they were there Patrick was in contact with legendary arranger and trumpeter Jerry Hey (Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Seawind, lots more!) and was fortunate to sit in on a recording session he was running. This was an amazing experience not only to spend time with Jerry but also to hear an incredible horn section at work (Gary Grant, Rashawn Ross, Andy Martin and Dan Higgins). Also Patrick managed to organise a lesson with top trombonist, bass trombonist and arranger Bill Reichenbach. It was fantastic to spend time talking with him about the large variety of work he has done from working with Jerry on numerous pop sessions to working on Hollywood blockbuster films as well as his composition work.
After Los Angeles they drove across the Nevada desert to Las Vegas where they explored the hotels, saw a Cirque de Soleil show (with a fantastic band!) and took a helicopter ride through the nearby Grand Canyon.
Lastly they flew to Miami where they had originally met studying at the University of Miami in 2010. Whilst there they relaxed on South Beach as well as revisited the University campus. Patrick also caught up with some tutors that he had studied with and managed to fit in a concert by two of the bands he had played in. It was a fantastic experience to relive a lot of good memories as well as finding some time to relax!