Pat Belliveau started his formal musical training at the age of four and began playing the saxophone at age 12. He has an extensive performing background which has involved numerous performances at international jazz festivals in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Montreal. In addition, he has toured throughout North America, Europe, Japan, and Panama, with a number of groups, including jazz quintet Quintonal, and the saxophone ensemble Saxoffonee, both participants at the Montreux International Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Vic Damone/Diahann Carroll, the Mills Brothers, “Jazz Vibraphonist” Terry Gibbs, Maureen McGovern, and Mel Torme.
Pat holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Calgary; has attended many workshops and clinics, and has done private study with various jazz artists and educators, including, trumpeters Bobby Shew, Dominic Spera, and Greg Bush, saxophonists Kirk MacDonald, Pat LaBarbera, George Robert, Roger Rosenberg, Tim Ries, Bob Mintzer and George Coleman among others. He is presently a faculty member of the Ambrose University Music Department (Calgary), teaching saxophone and improvisation, and a former member of the University of Calgary Music Department, teaching jazz saxophone, jazz harmony, and jazz improvisation.
As well, Pat has a number of private students and is active as a clinician/adjudicator for festivals, schools, and various adult groups throughout Canada. He is co-founder and past “Vice-President” of the “Calgary Jazz Association” (CJazz), and a former member of the executive board of the American Federation of Musicians Local 547.