Mr. Bates is an accomplished performer and educator with an exciting set
of experiences he draws upon while teaching, spanning nearly 20 years.
an educator, Bates has taught thousands of private lessons to students
of all ages throughout the low country and the Carolinas. Bates has
spent the better part of the last decade running his own music school,
'Bates Holman's Groove Academy,' working closely with and as an artist
in residence in countless public schools including Waccamaw High, Rock
Hill High, Cane Bay High, Coastal Carolina University and The Leonard
School of Music. Bates is currently gainfully employed through the
Charleston County School District at East Cooper Montessori Charter
School in Mount Pleasant where he teaches World, Popular and General
maintains a rigorous performance schedule, performing most weekends
with jazz, pop and tribute acts throughout the South East. In 2011,
Bates played drums for 'Hooray for Hollywood,' a main stage 8show/wk
show at The Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach. Put on by the international
production company Spirit Productions, 'Hooray for Hollywood,' toured
both nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. Bates has also
performed as a part of the Earl Klugh Jazz Festival, Carolina Jazz
Festival, for the Charleston Jazz Society and for Piccolo Spoleto.
holds a Bachelors of Music performance with a concentration in
percussion from Winthrop University and a SC teachers certificate.