I'll start with a quote from my 1st band teacher, Mr. Maurice Williams.. "Boy, if I let everybody play drums that wanna play drums, I'd have a band full a only drums. You're playing clarinet." Guess what ..., I played clarinet. I progressed nicely through several woodwind instruments while maintaining a strong passion for the drums. I was very fortunate to have parents that were very supportive of my musical desires. At the age of 13, I began playing woodwinds in a R&B band, along with my brother (somewhat of a prodigy trumpet player) managed by my father. Dad being the Manager had its advantages, as All the equipment, INCLUDING the drums were kept at our home. I practiced drums Every day. By the age of 15, I finally wore him down for my first drum set. I spent a couple of years, beginning at age 18, experimenting with Fusion and the electric bass, and then returned to my drum set. I then took a strong interest in that boring music dad made us listen to as children, some obscure guys... Charlie Parker (so heavy doses of Max Roach), Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Buddy Rich, etc.
That fire to play drums has remained at a constant high burn since then ...
"As a musician, Kevin Gaines represents what the music should be: Spirited, Soulful, and Joyous. His infectious personality comes through in his playing, creating a memorable experience for the listener. It's clearly evident that he's studied the history of the drums, but he's managed to develop a distinguishable identity that lets you know that it's HIM.
When it's Gaines, it ROARS!!"
-Billy Williams, Drums
"Swing, Standards, Latin Jazz and some surprises will be provided by The Kevin Gaines Trio. The leader of the group, Drummer Kevin Gaines needs no introduction. For the last seven years, he has graced the stage of Deltaville's 'Groovin' concert series as a member of the Josh Walker Quartet. A driving and animated Drummer, he always knows exactly what sort of groove to give a song."
Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society Fundraiser Press Release. June, 2014