Drake Bates - Bass

Drake Bates – Bass

Drake Bates – Bass

Chris “Drake”  Bates is a young man, always striving to be better at all things, including music of course, but also mentally and spiritually. Compliments are good from others but he remains humble as it is better to let the people speak good about ones self to keep any arrogance away. It seems, he has gained respect amongst band members as a musician/bassist and from respected musicians such as Dave Latchaw. Music to Drake, is like medical drugs. Once in the groove, the clouds aren’t high enough for him. Everything is an influence for music, as he thinks there are notes and beats with everything, such as a washer machine, or ting of a beer bottle. Drake started playing drums at 5, keyboard at 12, and bass at 18, with plans to pick up another instrument soon. So far, this band, because of the originality, has made Drake feel apart of something special that he can make his mark in.”The originality is what’s keeping me with this band”, says Drake.

jamont simmons - drums - fort wayne funk orchestra

Jamont Simmons – Drums

Jamont Simmons – Drums

Jamont Simmons, 27 years old, has been playing percussion for 24 years.  Jamont is the drummer for The Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra.  Jamont recently qualified for the semi-finals of the Guitar Center Drum Battle and is a member of the Battle of the Bands XI Champion Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra.