Music has always been very important to Andrew Yates. He began playing organ as a child and percussion as a teenager. He was writing music while still in high school at Fort Osage High School, Independence, Missouri, being influenced by his high school band director Mr. Bill Scriven. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he studied percussion with Charmaine Asher-Wiley, and conducting with David Worthington. While at the conservatory he was appointed the undergraduate assistant conductor of the U.M.K.C. Wind Ensemble. He received his B.A. in Music from Mid-America Nazarene University. He also had the unique opportunity for conducting master classes with Dr. Frederick Fennell. Andrew also considers the legendary arranger and orchestrator Vic Schoen a great mentor in his musical career. Vic was the arranger for The Andrews Sisters, Patti Page, Danny Kaye and many others.
Mr. Yates has performed as a percussionist in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New York, Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles. He has written music for the great singers Marilyn Maye, and Ida McBeth, and such ensembles as The Kansas City Camerata, The Western Missouri British Brass Band, and The Kansas City Symphony. The former leader of The Tonight Show "Doc" Severinsen commissioned Andrew's most recent arrangement for symphony orchestra. Symphony orchestras, brass bands and wind bands throughout The United States have performed Mr. Yates’ music and arrangements. He has been a guest conductor for many outstanding bands and orchestras. Andrew was also for many years the host of “The Sound of The Winds” - a radio program of wind band music. The program has now aurally preserved a piece of wind band history through interviews of some of the band’s greatest composers and conductors. He also worked for many years in Kansas City classical and talk radio.