Robert is a 6 string and 8 string guitarist originally from the midwestern state of Indiana.   He is a songwriter, composer, performer, and educator with a diverse background and broad range of experiences that have taken him all over the United States and across the globe.  Robert has performed in NY, NC, VA, GA, TN, KY, IN, IL, MI, MO, WI, OH, CA, and has shared the bill with acts such as Garage Mahal, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, UB40, The Marshall Tucker Band, Lukas Nelson, Pato Banton, Ekoostik Hookah, and many others.  He has lived in Chicago, Illinois; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Elmsford, New York; Los Angeles, California; Mandeville, Jamaica; Seoul, Pusan,  and Chuncheon, South Korea.

Master of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Doctor of Musical Arts in Studio/Jazz Guitar from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles
Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Butler University in Indianapolis

Coates can currently be found performing around the Indianapolis area during the summer 2013.