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.

Dave Latchaw - Keyboards / Piano - Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

Dave Latchaw – Piano – Keyboards – Vocoder

Dave Latchaw – Piano – Keyboards – Vocoder

I am Dave Latchaw and I play Keyboards, Piano and Vocoder for the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra. As a musician I spend most of my time as an independent recording artist, performer, music teacher, student, and fan of the fusing of jazz, rock, funk, hip hop, world, and classical music. I have been playing professionally for over 35 years and teaching for over 30 years. I also have a degree in Music Education from Indiana University, and studied Jazz Performance at Berklee School of Music. I studied music education with Indiana band directors Pete Bottomley, Barry Ashton and Donna Sevcovic. I also had the opportunity to study many other aspects of music with Scott Stroman (Director of the London Jazz Orchestra), Bruce Thomas (Chet Baker, Ornette Coleman). In the 1980's I was the keyboardist for the internationally acclaimed melodic-metal hair band from Scotland, "The Heat". "The Heat" received many praises from European rock magazines "Kerrang", "Metal Hammer" and "Raw", and in 1989 recorded for the BBC, Radio 1. I have had the great privilege to have performed with Polish musicians Krzysztof Kralka and Krzysztof Misiak, and the vocal group "Anima" from Belarus. Since 1998 I have released seven solo recordings through "Latch Music" ( Currently unavailable soon to be re-released ) and produce the popular Jazz Fusion internet radio station "Latch Music Radio" @LIVE365. In July 2012 and 2014 I taught and performed at the Rockowe Ogrdki Music Festival in Plock, Poland. Currently, besides freelance solo piano and group work you can catch me leading my own Jazz trio, quartet and playing keyboards for the “2014 Battle of the Bands” winners “Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra”. Check out all of Dave's music activities @ www.latchmusic.com.