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Playing Since: 1960
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: musician

Gender: Male
Age: 70

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Created 1/6/2010
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John Henry Gates’ first experience was as a symphony musician, but he soon turned to popular music and comedy. In the 70s he resigned his position as first violinist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to join the comedy show group: the First National Rotagilla Band. He eventually moved to Nashville and then to Orlando in 1982 to become a co-founder of the house band at the Cheyenne Saloon & the staff band for the Church Street Station TV series on TNN. For several years JH had a full time strolling gig at Christini’s Ristorante Italiano in Orlando. As a solo artist he has headlined hundreds of shows on Carnival, Princess and NCL cruises and has opened for: Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis, Marty Robbins, Rush, Deodato, Hank Williams Jr, Asleep at the Wheel, Tanya Tucker, Lee Greenwood, Liza Minelli, Pete Barbuti and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He has also made music with: Aerosmith • Rex Allen • Rex Allen Jr • Michael Andrew • Frankie Avalon • Emmanuel Ax • Hoyt Axton • Razzy Bailey • Moe Bandy • Pat Boone • Wayne Brady • Delta Burke • Frenchie Burke • Ray Charles • Archie Campbell • Rosemary Clooney • Bill Conti • Charlie Daniels • Skeeter Davis • Leon Everett • Freddy Fender • Ferranti & Teicher • Mickey Finn • Sergio Franchi • Davis Gaines • Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Bros • Eydie Gormet • Robert Goulet • Amy Grant • Jim & John Hagar • Marvin Hamlisch • John Hartford • Richie Havens • Lorin Hollander • Englebert Humperdink • Con Hunley • Ferlin Huskey • Ink Spots • Alan Jackson • George Jones • Steve Lawrence • Lettermen • Jerry Lee Lewis • Kenny Loggins • Shelby Lynn • Wynton Marsalis • the Mantovani Orchestra • Melanie • Manfred Mann • Johnny Mathis • Kathy Mattea • Spanky Mc Farlane • Mobster Swing Band • Moscow Ballet • Peter Nero • Donald O’Connor • Jimmy Page • Paris Opera Company • Johnny Paycheck • Nigel Pickering • Ray Pillow • Robert Plant • Kenny Price • Ray Price • Ronnie Prophet • Eddie Rabbitt • Eddie Raven • Wade Ray • Helen Reddy • Jeannie C. Riley • Smokey Robinson • Johnny Rodriguez • Gamble Rogers • Ray Sawyer • Savannah Symphony Orchestra • Margo Smith • Hank Snow • Jim Stafford • Maurice Starr • Glenn Stetson & the Diamonds • Connie Stevens • Rod Stewart • Jesse Stone • Waylon Thibodeaux • Hank Thompson • Johnny Tillotson • Victor Vanacore • Frankie Valli • LeRoy VanDyke • Mack Vickery • Bobby Vinton • Walt Disney World Symphony Orchestra • Dionne Warwick • Tex Williams • Dweezel Zappa J.H.’s book: Improv for Violinists is available at: and has sold thousands of copies worldwide.

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