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Mr.  Curtis  M.  Bates
Band, Fine Arts Department Chair, District Fine Arts Coordinator, Senior Advisor
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Claflin University, BA - Music Education 

Columbia College, MEd - Divergent Learners 

The Citadel, MEd - Educational Leadership 


Assistant Band Director Richland One:  2010-2012

Columbia High School

Director of Bands Calhoun County Public Schools: 2012-2018

Sandy Run K8 School 

St. Matthews K8 School 

Calhoun County High School 

General Music Teacher: 2018-2019

South Kilbourne Elementary 

EE Taylor Elementary 

District Fine Arts Coordinator: 2019- 





Band Director, Curtis M. Bates is native of Columbia, South Carolina where he attended Richland One School District and graduated from Eau Claire High School. Curtis graduated from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education, a Master’s in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, Columbia, SC, and currently pursuing his Master’s in Educational Leadership at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed all over the state of South Carolina and has received several awards. Some of Curtis’s greatest accomplishments are:

  • Special Guest Soloist for the 47th Annual Legislative Conference Gospel Extravaganza in Washington, DC
  • Awarded the Midlands Coalition of Churches Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Music Award (January 2015)
  • Performed the National Anthem at the University of South Carolina’s Women’s Basketball Game
  • Performed across the South including Greenville, Charleston, Augusta (GA), Charlotte (NC), Myrtle Beach, and Rock Hill.

As Curtis continues through life, he continues to put God first because he believes that through him, all things are possible.