Nelson Patrick was born November 19, 1912 in Marlin, Texas. He attended school in Bishop and Kingsville where he graduated from high school in 1929. He taught vocal and elementary music in Premont from 1930 to 1935, and then moved to Donna and taught band and choir from 1935 to 1942. During this time he finished his B.S. degree from Texas Tech. In 1942, he began his service in the U.S. Army, earning the rank of captain. Discharged at the end of World War II, he became the band director at San Benito, Texas from 1946 until 1952. In 1947, Pat received his M.S. in Education degree from Texas Tech. He became band and orchestra director at Austin High School in 1954, and completed his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Texas in 1956. In 1960, he began his tenure at the University of Texas, and in 1961, became the "music man" of the University Interscholastic League. From 1961 to 1984, he was instrumental in creating the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, the Texas State Marching Contest, the Texas State Wind Ensemble Contest, as well as the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Somehow, he also found time to serve TMEA as Band Chairman and Vice-President in 1956-1957; TMEA President in 1957-1958; and serve on the TMEA Board of Directors from 1961 to 1984. 1957-1958