Saxophonist, Curtis M. Bates is a South Carolina native, raised in the beautiful city of Columbia. Curtis graduated from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education, a Master’s in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, Columbia, SC, and his Master’s in Educational Leadership at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed all over the state of South Carolina and has received several awards. Some of Curtis’s greatest accomplishments are:
- Special Guest Soloist for the 47th Annual Legislative Conference Gospel Extravaganza in Washington, DC
- Awarded the Midlands Coalition of Churches Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Music Award (January 2015)
- Performed the National Anthem at Collegiate Basketball Games, NBA Games, and Public Service Events
- Performed across the South including Greenville, Charleston, Augusta (GA), Charlotte (NC), Myrtle Beach, and Rock Hill.
Curtis currently resides in West Columbia, SC with his wife. He recently returned to his high school alma mater, Eau Claire High School where he currently works as an Assistant Administrator. Because of the long-lasting impact the Eau Claire Community made on Curtis’s life, he believed it was only right to return to his “old stomping grounds” and make long lasting impacts on the lives of the current generation. As Curtis continues through life, he continues to put God first because he believes that through him all things are possible.