Los Angeles, CA

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Watching Robert Gates play drums is a study in passionate musicianship. He puts his all into every piece - body, mind, and soul. Ranging from blues to rock, funk to gospel, Robert finds the heart in each and every song he plays.

"Brother Robert is one of the hardest working drummers in the business!" - Gregg Wright



Performance Styles: Chicago Style Blues, Jazz, R & B, Funk, Classic Rock, Gospel, Latin.

  • 2019 Los Angeles Black Music & Film Festival Awards (Drum Technician)

  • 2019 Lawndale Blues Festival, LA

  • 2019 Leimert Park Village Heritage Festival, LA

  • Feb/Mar 2019 Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine "On The Road" First Call L.A. Drummer

  • 2019 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, BC, Mexico

  • 2018 Leimert Park Village Heritage Festival, LA

  • 2018 Baja Blues Fest, Rosarito, BC, Mexico

  • 2018 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, BC, Mexico

  • In LA: Performed with: Gregg Wright King of the Rockin' Blues, Awesome Blue Band, Southside Slim, Gee Mack, Rosa Lee Brooks, Tutu Jones (Cadillac Zack LA Tour)

  • In Illinois: '91 Chicago Blues Fest w/Betty Everett, '98 w/Nolan Struck and King Edward, '15 Illinois State Fair w/Carrie Lyn Infusion

  • In Iowa: Waterloo Music Festival w/Avey Brothers

  • Performed with: Iowa Hall of Famers George & Gil Davis of Sumpin' Doo, Tina Haase Findlay, Janey Hooper, Scot Sutherland

  • Toured with Stan Mosley Blues Band

  • Recorded with: Gregg Wright, Carrie Lyn Infusion, Emery Williams, John Bruhnke, Tina Haase Findlay

  • Performed with: Buddy Guy, Linsey Alexander, Howard and Sir Walter Scott and the World Band, John Bruhnke, Professor Eddie Lusk, Charles Crane, Chicago Bears Band, Valerie Wellington, Holle 'THEE' Maxwell

  • Opened for: Lil' Milton, Otis Clay

  • Exodus Drum & Bugle Corps Instructor

  • Johnny Lee Lane at Eastern Illinois University

  • Private Clinics: Billy Cobham, Ed Shaughnessy (Tonight Show), Art Farmer

  • Mardi Gras Rex Parade, New Orleans

  • American Conservatory of Music, Chicago

  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with Michael Hanes

  • U.S. Army Band

  • Centralia, IL HS with David Drillinger