Patrick Kunkee joined The Nashville Symphony in 1991. Previously, he was second trumpet with the Utah Symphony. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge, where he was a student of John Clyman, Roy Poper and Mario Guarneri. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, studying with Boyd Hood. Additional studies at the Manhattan School of Music were with Mel Broiles. As a free-lance musician in Los Angeles, Patrick performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Opera and the Fine Arts Brass Quintet. He has also studied with Anthony Plog, James Stamp, Rob Roy McGregor and Nick Norton. While at Tanglewood, Patrick was the recipient of the Shapiro Award for outstanding brass musician.