A highly skilled bassist in the classical and jazz fields, Pat is in demand as a performer, producer, clinician and teacher. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at San Francisco State University, his Masters of Music degree in Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and currently holds the post of Lecturer of Classical and Jazz Double Bass at California State University East Bay.
Mr. Klobas performs with the Marin Symphony, and as section bassist in the Sun Valley Music Festival. He is a substitute for the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, California Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, The Skywalker Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Merola Opera, the Turtle Island String Quartet and Quartet San Francisco. Pat was principal bass with San Francisco Opera’s touring company Western Opera Theater for 14 years, performing in over 40 states before its final curtain.
In the field of jazz and popular music Mr. Klobas is known in the San Francisco Bay Area as a first call session man. Pat has shared the stage with jazz artists Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Warren Vashe, , Quartet San Francisco, San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet , American Jazz Philharmonic and Indian Master Tabla percussionist Zakir Hussain. Mr. Klobas can often be found performing in the San Francisco Symphony Pops Orchestra rhythm section as well as the California Symphony Pops and the Sun Valley Music Festival Pops.
Performing with Broadway stars and musical theater productions are part of Pat’s numerous musical experiences. Some of Pat’s favorites shows were with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael Feinstein, Tony Danza, Elaine Stritch, Kristin Chenoweth, Bob Hope, the Shorenstein Nederlander world premiere productions of White Christmas, The Producers with Martin Short and Jason Alexander, Les Misérables, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Ragtime, and many others.
As a recording artist Pat Klobas’ recent list of credits include Star Wars Trilogy with John Williams conducting (Grammy® nominated), Linda Ronstadt Winter Light, No Gravity Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble, recordings for Turtle Island String Quartet, Randy Newman, Kitaro, and the San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet. Skywalker Symphony movie soundtracks include Spy Kids, Predator ll, Ricochet, Soap Dish, Why Charlie Brown, Why?, and many others.
Mr. Klobas has studied with Stephen Tramontozzi, Charles Siani, Shinji Eshima, Joe Lescher, Herman Jobelman and Charles Chandler. Pat’s jazz teachers/influences include Rufus Reid, Richard Davis, John Clayton, John Patitucci and Ray Brown.