Chris Bates


Drums, Drum Theory, Songwriting and Artist Development

Chris Bates started playing drums in 2nd grade in both orchestra and the school jazz ensemble.   He was in honor jazz band for years and played snare in marching band as well.  The real musical breakthrough came in eighth grade when Chris co-formed a band called “Child Prodigy”.  Chris started teaching drums at 15 years old.  Chris played drums in rock and punk bands all through high school with Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd.  For over 25 years, Chris has been electrifying crowds with his over the top big style.  Hard hitting power mixed with deep driving bass drum grooves defines the unique style of drummer Chris Bates.  Dynamically his playing shows a “music first” mentality that deeply enhances the band’s sound.  He has played in many different bands over the years touring throughout California and performing in some of Hollywood’s most famed venues.  As the percussive backbone to the power trio “The In Between”, Chris Bates brings a massive energy that helps The In Between stand out as a big, hard driving yet soulful force to be reckoned with.  Chris also drums for the band Truckstop Rodeo checkout their latest video here.

Chris and Co-Owner Tyler Marolf also host the Music Lesson Business Podcast “The Teacher Zone” with Chris and Tyler






Career Highlights

  • Co-Owner – Los Rios Rock School
  • Founder & CEO –
  • Board Member -Entreprenuers Organization
  • President – love and Service, Inc.
  • Founder
  • 2014 Best Places to Work – Orange County Business Journal – August 2014
  • 2014 Inc. 5000  – Ranked #4,782, #126 Real Estate Companies, #261 in Los Angeles overall.
  • 2013 Inc. 5000 – Ranked #1418, #43 Real Estate Companies
  • 2012 Inc. 500 – Ranked #378, #20 Business Products and Services
  • 2011 Inc. 500 – Ranked #121, #12 in Software, #10 in Los Angeles overall.
  • 1997-2007 – Broker/Owner Colorado and California Castles Real Estate Offices
  • UCSC – B.A. Degree in Literature