Patricia has been a clarinetist with the Reno Wind Symphony since the group originated. Growing up in Sparks, she was very fortunate to take advantage of the phenomenal music programs in Washoe County where she developed her love for music. After graduating from Reed High School, she went on to pursue a degree in Music Education at the University of Nevada, graduating with honors in May 1998. Patricia taught band and choir at Mendive Middle School from 1998-2004 and loved every minute of it. Her life took another direction from 2004-2010 when she took the hardest job of her life, stay at home mom.
In 2010, Patricia bought local music company, Step Into Music that teaches early childhood music classes to children. In 2018, she sold the company to fellow RWS member, Steven Alberti.
In 2019, Patricia returned to her true passion, teaching middle school band. She teaches over 300 students grades 6-8 at Sky Ranch Middle School. She says, “My love for middle school music is because of my amazing middle school band teacher, Earline McGrannahan. I try everyday to give my students the same passion for music that she gave me.”
With her husband Todd, they are raising little musicians. Emily plays percussion and bassoon and Lexi plays the French Horn.