Boston based drummer and composer Patrick Simard started playing drums at 10 years old, after years of beating on pots and pans in his hometown near Ottawa, Canada.
His musical education growing up, with the help of his first musical mentor Chuck Burrows, consisted of incessantly listening to the funk sounds of Tower of Power, soul sounds of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, eventually the fusion of Weather Report, leading to the jazz roots of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and blues with Muddy Waters and Ray Charles.
Pat is now a graduate from Berklee College of Music, where he Jazz Composition and Drumset Performance on a full scholarship. Since moving to Boston at age 17, he quickly became a first-call drummer for projects of all styles, from funk, to folk, to world music, to jazz. Pat received the Armand Zildjian Award, has been part of the college’s top ensembles, studying with Hal Crook, Phil Wilson, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Mark Walker, and Bertram Lehmann, studying as well as being part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the artistic direction of Danilo Perez. He has performed locally and internationally with some of his musical idols such as John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, Anat Cohen, Julian Lage, Phil Wilson, and many more. In addition to his work as a sideman, performing and recording in the Boston/New York area, Pat is the drummer for Senegalese sabar master, Lamine Touré in Boston.
Experience & Education
Ensemble Scholarship Rhythm Section for Berklee Ensemble DepartmentOctober 2010 to Present (about 5 years)
Assisting Berklee faculty to conduct ensemble rating auditions.
Drummer for Berklee Project BandsSeptember 2010 to Present (over 5 years)
Play charts written for composition classes.
Practice Rooms Monitor for Berklee 171 Practice RoomsSeptember 2010 to Present (over 5 years)
Workstudy position assigning drum practicing rooms to students.
Peer Advisor for Berklee College of MusicApril 2010 to Present (over 5 years)
Advisor for entering students at Berklee. Peer Advisors must be: Upper-semester Berklee students in good academic and social standing; Supervised, responsible, and trained mentors able to assist, guide, and refer; First contacts for various academic and social questions or issues.
Student Ambassador for Berklee Entering AuditionsFebruary 2010 to Present (over 5 years)
House Drummer for Berklee High School Jazz Festival JamsMarch 2010 to March 2010 (less than a month)
Competition Crew #1 for Berklee High School Jazz FestivalMarch 2010 to March 2010 (less than a month)
VIP Usher for Berklee's International Folk FestivalMarch 2010 to March 2010 (less than a month)
Greeter and Escort for VIPs during the reception for the International Folk Festival
Leader for Patrick Simard QuartetJanuary 2007 to August 2009 (over 2 years)
Performed at hotels, concert halls and music clubs as featured and for corporate events playing Jazz. Released an all-original album in the summer of 2009 (17 yrs old). www.patricksimard.com
Drummer/Percussionist for Antoine Caron et l'OrkessSeptember 2007 to July 2009 (about a year and a half)
Performed with french-canadian Folk/Jazz group "Antoine Caron et l'Orkess" across Quebec and Ontario at festivals, outdoor shows, clubs and bars. http://www.myspace.com/antoinecaronetlorkess
Percussionist for Ottawa Youth OrchestraAugust 2006 to May 2008 (about a year and a half)
Performed with Canada's capital youth orchestra across Canada, United States, and Eastern Europe. http://www.oyoa-aojo.ca/
Global Jazz Institute in at Berklee College of Music2012 to 2013 (1 years)
Dual Degree in Jazz Composition & Performance at Berklee College of Music2009 to 2013 (4 years)
Majeure Haute Spécialisation in Performance at École Secondaire Publique De La Salle2006 to 2009 (3 years)