Meet New Drum Instructor Terrence Bates

As a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a degree in percussion performance, Terrence has been playing drums and percussion for the past 8 years. He wowed audiences and fellow musicians on Holland America Cruise lines as well as several Broadway National tours. His most recent work was with Mamma Mia the Musical.  Terrence is no stranger to the drum corps activity. He first got his start with the Connecticut Hurricanes, marching top bass in 1998 and snare in 1999. From there Terrence went on to march snare with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001 and 2002 under the instruction of Lee Beddis, JJ Peppittone, and Rudolpho Garcia. The drumline, marching and drum corps activity is what ignited the passion for music within for Terrence. He is excited to be apart of the Crimson Kings and is looking forward to sharing his passion for music with the Corps' members. 

CK: Please describe your teaching style.

I believe that everyone learns differently. Too many times have I seen a teacher get frustrated or angry over a student that doesn't learn or pick up on things the way THEY themselves do. Being disciplined can be very effective. However, I try to find a balance between setting big goals, having high standards, yet maintaining a sensitivity for each students abilities, personality and learning curve.


CK: What goals are you setting for the guard line?

I'd like to immediately get the drumline INSPIRED. Inspired to drum at a high level, inspired to recognize the importance of establishing a strong foundation of fundamentals. A solid foundation of fundamentals will enable students to reach high levels of playing in the long term!


CK: What has been the most pleasant surprise so far working with the Crimson Kings?

The rich history and tradition of the Corps.


CK:What do you hope to bring to the Corps?

A sense of fun and discipline combined with a desire to achieve levels of playing they never knew before.


CK: What message would you like to say to the Corps?

Stay focused, stay committed, stay true.


CK: What is your favorite thing about the drum corps activity?

I love the combination of athleticism and music. Running while playing is something that not everyone can do.


CK: If your students can take one thing away from being a part of a drum corps, what would you hope it to be?

Having fun while working hard!