In early 1985, Bonshire recommended to seek private lessons from Les DeMerle (Manhattan Transfer, Harry James), whom at the time was living and teaching privately in the Chicagoland area. Under DeMerle's direction throughout his high school years, Patrick received a scholarship to the University of Eastern Illinois, where he attended the first annual United States Percussion Camp. There he met and studied with session great Ndugu Chancler and percussion guru Johnny Lee Lane. He attended the percussion camp each year thereafter, until graduating high school in 1987.
After high school graduation, he started playing full time within the Chicago blues music scene. While on a job at Andy's Jazz with blues great B.B. Odem , Patrick was asked to return to meet one of the house drummers, Paul Wertico (Pat Methany Group), whom at the time was accepting a few new students. He subsequently spent the summer under the guidance of Wertico's vast jazz knowledge. It was after receiving a phone call in 1992 from the Mapex Drum Company, that Patrick was chosen as a finalist in their Billy Cobham Drum Solo contest. "Mapex sent me out to meet Billy where he was doing a guest appearance and clinic for the Stanford University's jazz camp. We got together for a couple of hours in the morning and the afternoon, for a week. I was honored and blessed to have that kind of opportunity."
In 1994 blues icon Lonnie Brooks (a.k.a. Guitar Jr.) recruited Patrick for what would turn out to be a 10 year position in the band. "It was great. It was the first time I had the opportunity to do some serious touring. People all over the world love that music. There is alot of work available if you want to play that style of music"
In 1995 Patrick formed Drumhead Productions along with PD Recording (later changed to Drumhead Recording), the name of his full- time home and project studio.
Since then, he has written and released two instructional text/cassette packages entitled, "Foundations Volume 1" and "Foundations Volume 2". These packages mainly focus on building drum technique.
Also available is, "Blues Foundations Volume 1", an instructional play along for drummers to understand and play various grooves in the blues/r&b genre. The instructional CD features performances by.... Johnny B. Gaden (Albert Collins, Blues Icon), Dave "Biscuit" Miller (Lonnie Brooks), Mark Epstien (Johnny Winter Group), Ron Anaman (Trillion), Doug McDonald (Albert King), Rusty Hall (Lonnie Brooks), Don Griffin, Barkin Bill (Delmark Recording Artist), Jody Noa, (Chicago Harp Master) Vino Louden (Koko Taylors Blues Machine), Big Time Sara (Delmark Recording Artist), Nellie Travis, Eric Jackson, and a host of other blues greats.
Patrick and Lonnie Brooks bandmate, Dave Biscuit Miller recently produced an instructional audio package for blues bass guitar called "Feel The Blues".
Also released in 2004 is Patricks self produced..."Blues Loops Volume 1" and "Blues Loops Volume 2". The series contains 1000's of drum loops for the recording blues musician.
Recent artists produced include... Drumhead Productions Led Zeppelin All Star Band, Dave Schmitt, Frank Tsionis, Marty Trilak, Superstition, Debbie Seitz, Bobby Dunn, JC and the Road Kings, Nellie Travis (featuring Billy Branch), Billly King, Elmo Fire (featuring the Chicago Fire Horns), Mike Gibb (featuring Sugar Blue), Dan Beaver, Eric Mantel, Joe Jammer, Marizen Calip, Thomas Urich, Greg Shuman, Glen Gilbert, Mike Galimore, Chip Ratliff, Pat Kelly, Eric Jackson, Fo-Re Superstar, Marilynn Claire and Barkin Bill.
Live Performance Credits: Koko Taylor, Elvin Bishop, Jr. Wells, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, Kenny Neal, Sugar Blue, James Cotton, Johnny Copeland, Melvin Taylor, Eddie Clearwater, Otis Clay, Otis Rush, Chris Robinson and the Black Crows Band, Luther Allison, Bernard Allison, Larry McCray, Billy Branch, Eddie King, The Kenny Wayne Sheppard Group, B.B. Odem, Gloria Rodgers, Big Time Sara, Magic Slim, Tinsley Ellis, Ronnie Earle, Barbera LeShore, Chic Rodgers, Phil Guy, Fernando Jones, Lefty Dizz, Phillip Walker, Robert Lockwood Jr., Pinetop Perkins, Casey Jones, Long John Hunter, J. Geiles, "Jelly Bean" Johnson, Slash, Shameka Copeland, Nellie Travis, Veno Loudin, Charlie Love, Anthony Gomes, The Kinsey Report, Don Griffin, John Primer, The Black Lone Ranger, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Corey Harris, Wayne Baker Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks and is a member of the Alligator Records All-Stars Band.
March 2004 release of "Liberty & Justice" record on 3 Chord Records featuring guest vocalists: Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Michael Sweet of Stryper, Bob Carlisle, John Schlitt of Petra, Doug Phelps of Kentucky Headhunters, Robert Fleischman of Journey/Vinnie Vincents Invasion, Greg X. Volz of Petra, Harry Hess of Harem Scarem, Mike Roe of The 77's, Scott Wenzel of White Cross, Rick Florian of White Heart, Jeff Fenholt of TBN/Black Sabbath and Jamie Rowe of Guardian/London Calling.