Patterson Hornworks is one of the largest Custom Horn builders in America. Established in 1997, we make 6 distinct models and 10 different models overall. Originally based in Los Angeles, ours was the premier brass repair shop and provided 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, the creative force behind Patterson Hornworks, started the business in Los Angeles in 1997. In  the early 90’s he began to build his reputation as a leading brass technician. Since then Jim has designed numerous mouthpieces, horn modifications, and custom horns and with the help of his talented staff, has built over 250 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 is a fabulous percussionist and performs regularly with the Las Cruces Symphony. He is also an excellent brewer.

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Patterson Hornworks
3380 Thurmond Rd
Las Cruces, NM 88012

 (575) 373-0789