Saxophonist, Curtis M. Bates was born June 6, 1988, in Columbia, South Carolina where he attended Richland One School District and graduated from Eau Claire High School. 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 currently pursuing 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 the University of South Carolina’s Women’s Basketball Game
- Performed across the South including Greenville, Charleston, Augusta (GA), Charlotte (NC), Myrtle Beach, and Rock Hill.
As Curtis continues through life, he continues to put God first because he believes that through him, all things are possible.