Professor Pat Bivens is Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Studies, and the Director of Bands at Carson-Newman University. She conducts marching band, symphonic winds, and the jazz ensemble. Her teaching schedule includes various music education courses and applied trombone and euphonium.
Professor Bivens is a native of Dublin, Maryland, holds the Bachelor of Arts in trombone performance from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Masters in Music Education from Texas Christian University (TCU), and has completed doctoral coursework at Boston University. Upon graduation from TCU in 1986, Professor Bivens entered the United States Air Force Band Program and was assigned for the next four years to the 590th AF Band at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. After completing her tour of active duty, Professor Bivens transferred to the Tennessee Air National Guard, where for the next eighteen years she performed on trombone, euphonium and as a vocalist with the 572 AF Band at McGhee-Tyson Air Base in Knoxville, Tennessee. While a member of the 572 AF Band, she served as the Music Librarian, Unit Deployment Manager and the Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) of Logistics and the Jazz Ensemble until she retired at the rank of Master Sergeant in October 2008.
Professor Bivens has traveled and performed as a member of various musical organizations in Romania, the former Soviet Union, France, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and all over the continental United States. Her professional affiliations include the International Trombone Association, International Tuba-Euphonium Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Music Educators Association and the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association.