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About August Bates

August Bates
August Bates
Music Teacher, Expert
Location: Orchard Park, NY
Speaks: English
Instructs: Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Music Theory, Saxophone
Education: B.A. Jazz Studies B.S. Music Industry
Performance Experience: Guitar/Vocals/Saxophone - Capo II (Blues/Rock); Guitar/Saxophone/Vocals - Gerk n Jerks (Classic Rock/Country/Alternative); Saxophone - In Crowd (Funk/Oldies); Saxophone/Guitar - The Gumbo Collective (Jazz Fusion/Hip-Hop); Saxophone/Guitar - The Augie Bates Trio (Jazz); 2x DownBeat Award Winning Saxophonist in the Fredonia New Jazz Ensemble
Teaching Experience: Instrumental Music Instructor, St. Francis High School (2022-present); Woodwind Instructor, Music & Arts (2022-present); Classroom Assistant, King Center Charter School (May 2018-August 2018)
Teaching Philosophy: I believe that students should be given at least one outlet to create a sense of peace, being and escape everyday. For me, and those I teach, that escape happens to be music. Regardless of instrument or ability level, having time every day to create music will develop a more creative thinker in students, and provide them time to clear their minds off all the others stresses that life throws their way. As a teacher, my job is to showcase to my students the positives that music can provide them.

Get to know August Bates

Recent SUNY Fredonia graduate August Bates is a musician, raised in Hamburg, NY. August specializes in woodwinds (saxophone, clarinet/bass clarinet, flute), guitar, bass guitar, music theory and jazz improvisation. August has studied with an abundance of expert musicians, including Dave Schiavone, Dr. Wildy Zumwalt, Dr. Diane Hunger, Dr. Nick Weiser, and Elliot Scozzaro. Outside of his time at Music & Arts, August currently serves as the full-time band director at St. Francis High School, where he instructs the concert band, jazz ensemble, and instructs group lessons and a jazz improvisation course. As a performer, August is involved with numerous projects, including blues/rock duo Capo II, rock/country/alt cover band Gerk n Jerks, funk/oldies band In Crowd, and jazz fusion/hip-hop project The Gumbo Collective. Outside of music, August enjoys distance running, watching football, hockey and baseball, and discovering new shows on Netflix! 

August Bates teaches at:
4190 N Buffalo St
Orchard Park, NY 14127
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