|Robert Patton attended the University of
Northern Iowa, where he studied voice with David Smalley. He then joined
the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, Washington, D.C. During his twenty
years in the military, Patton also soloed with the National Symphony and
the Boston and Cincinnati pops orchestras, and performed with the
Washington Civic, Baltimore, Wolf Trap, Northern Virginia and Annapolis
In 1991 he returned to Gowrie, Iowa, and became editor and publisher of The Gowrie News, where he was the fourth generation owner of a 110-year family business.
He has performed with Dorian Opera Theatre and as soloist with the Fort Dodge Symphony, Central Iowa Symphony, Iowa State University Orchestra, Karl King Band, Iowa Veterans Band, Des Moines Municipal Band, Waterloo Municipal Band, Ames Municipal Band, and Lincoln Municipal Band.
In the Des Moines Community Patton has performed with the Howell’s Scholars, as soloist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, First Christian and Temple B’Nai Jeshurun, and with the Des Moines Gay Mens’ Chorus and the Des Moines Community Orchestra.