Setnor School of Music
Professor, Music Education
Patrick M. Jones is a professor of music in the Setnor School and director of veteran enrollment practice for Syracuse University's Division of Enrollment Management. He has presented workshops and scholarly papers internationally on a variety of topics, including music education history, curriculum, and policy; is a contributing author to several books; and is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Community Music and Visions of Research in Music Education.
Jones holds the bachelor of science degree-cum laude in music education from West Chester University, a diploma of fine arts in conducting and wind literature from the University of Calgary (Canada), the master of arts degree in conducting from George Mason University, and the doctor of philosophy degree in music education from Penn State University.
Jones has enjoyed an international career as a conductor of military and youth bands and is conductor emeritus of Sinfonisches Blasorchester Eifel-Ardennen. He has served as an officer and board member of various professional organizations and is immediate past-chair of the Policy Commission of the International Society for Music Education. He also serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Community Music and Visions of Research in Music Education.
In addition to his academic career, Jones served for 30 years as a military bandsmen, retiring at the rank of colonel in October 2011. His assignments included being a trombonist on active duty, commander/conductor of the 553rd Air Force Band, and 12 years at the National Guard Bureau as chief of Air National Guard Bands. As chief of bands, he guided units toward readiness, developed policy, and managed budgets for more than 400 musicians in 11 bands stationed across the United States. The bands performed throughout the United States; on diplomatic missions on behalf of the U.S. Department of State in Eastern and Western Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; and for troop entertainment in deployed locations throughout the Middle East.