Patterson Hornworks is a leader in the Custom Horn industry. Established in 1997, we make 6 distinct models and 10 different models overall. Originally based in Los Angeles, we were the premier brass repair shop and provided our services to everyone from Hollywood recording artists to symphony musicians and freelance players. In 2005, we moved our workshop to Las Cruces, New Mexico where we have been able to focus on horn making.

We use only the finest materials and assemble them with great care to make the best horns available. Attention to the smallest detail ensures consistently outstanding instruments. We never compromise our process. Each instrument is built to the highest standards possible.


sketch by Ellen Patterson


Jim Patterson, owner and creative force behind Patterson Hornworks, started his business in Los Angeles in 1997. It was in the early 90’s that he began to build his business as a leading brass technician. Since then Jim has designed numerous mouthpieces, modifications, and horns and has built more than 200 Patterson custom horns since 2001. He plays principal horn with the Las Cruces New Horizons and is also a member of the Orchestral Board. He plays regularly with the Roswell Symphony and occasionally with the El Paso and Las Cruces Symphonies.




Cora Patterson joined her husband Jim full time in the horn business in 2001. In addition she performs regularly with the Roswell Symphony and the Las Cruces New Horizons orchestra. She occasionally plays substitute horn with the El Paso Symphony.




Phil Patterson joined our company in 2008. He is now our Production Manager after earning a degree in music business from NMSU. He plays percussion for the Las Cruces Symphony and is also their Stage Manager. He is also an excellent brewer.


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Patterson Hornworks
3380 Thurmond Rd
Las Cruces, NM 88012

 (575) 373-0789