Patrick has performed with numerous marching and athletic musical ensembles, including the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Edgewood College Athletic Band, and Green Bay Packers Tundra Line. He has also performed as a pit musician in regional theatre companies, as a percussionist with community wind bands and symphony orchestras, and on drum set with numerous rock bands and jazz ensembles.
As an educator, Coughlin has taught and consulted with countless marching programs across the state of Wisconsin, and groups under his direction have consistently garnered high music and percussion awards. He spent ten years working as a field assistant for the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, teaching under legendary band director Michael Leckrone. He also has the distinct honor of being the creator and director of the Tundra Line, the official drumline of the Green Bay Packers. This group has been an integral part of the fan and gameday experience at Lambeau Field since 2007. He has composed and arranged music for marching, concert, and popular musical ensembles, and had adjudicated solo, chamber, and marching festivals across southern Wisconsin.
Patrick holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied percussion performance with his mentor, Anthony DiSanza. He is a student of sacred and secular music from Brazil and the Caribbean, and has studied with Michael Spiro, Roberto Vizcaino, John Santos, and Jorgi Alabe. When not working, Patrick can be found either golfing or camping in the Northwoods. He currently lives in Middleton, with his wife Darlayne and two children Danicka and Derrick.