Pat had always shown an interest in drums since childhood years. He would find some creative way to make a percussive instrument out of whatever material was available. Then came the day of his first drum set and the stage was set for a long career in music surrounded by many great musicians.
Pat was instrumental in forming the Classic and Southern Rock band called Knuckle from Fairmont, WV. Knuckle was known for their strong rock arrangements and well-received throughout the WV, VA, MD, OH, PA and KY areas. Pat performed with Knuckle from the mid to late 70’s.
Pat’s next project was the original recording band ‘Steal the Dark’, who released an album in the mid-80’s that included several singles. These single releases received regional radio airplay, expanding the popularity of the band. One song, ‘West by God Virginia’, received strong favor and air-time in WV. Pat continued to perform original and classic rock music with ‘Steal the Dark’ in all major regional clubs, resorts and large-stage venues over the next several years.
After Steal the Dark disbanded, Pat lent his talents to record and perform with various regional artists in the studio as well as on the live stage. Pat was well-known for his ability to play across multiple genres and was sought after for many projects, such as local recording artists Kevin Ford and Quiet Heroes. Additionally, Pat and his brother teamed up to form a computer-oriented techno two-piece band called The McCleary Brothers, who still perform upon occasion.
In the early 90’s, Pat became a member of the new band, Shadrach. Shadrach performed their brand of production-oriented classic rock and was known for their strong instrument and vocal arrangements throughout North-Central WV. Pat provided a solid, rhythmic backbone for Shadrach, who soon began opening for national acts such as Blackfoot, Foghat, Dixie Allstars, Rick Derringer and Pat Traverse. Pat played drums with Shadrach throughout their two-year run.
Throughout the 90’s, Pat was interwoven with many bands such as Marshall Law, Y2K - a rock power trio, The Latrobe Street Pickers and The Masons. During this time, Pat also played drums in a band specially created for an original Rock-Opera called “Etheria” performing in the local Arts Theater, which received good reviews. For years to follow, Pat free-lanced with a wide variety of local, regional and national musicians.
It was in October of 2010 that Pat played a reunion jam with 4 of the 5 original members of the band Shadrach, adding bassist Dave Sbarra to complete the line-up. The reunion session was so strong that Shadrach decided to re-form. This time the band would write original songs and record their debut CD, Captured. Pat wrote one of the songs on the CD called ‘Strange Affair of Rock ‘n Roll’, which Shadrach performs in concert venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast areas to promote their CD.
Pat has shared the stage with many artists such as Mary MacGregor, Crystal Gail, Shenandoah, Foghat, Blood Sweat and Tears, Humble Pie, Ratt, REO Speedwagon, Blackfoot, Rick Derringer and many more cool friends.
Personal Interests: Family and friends, Creating stories and characters
“I want to thank God for all my talent and all my friends. God is the dude!! I love you all. I also want to say how much I love my wife, daughter, grandkids - Sam and Emily, and my brother.”