Randy played banjo for almost 40 years and also played the guitar and mandolin. He played with the Moe Harrington Band for 13 years and had his own band “Wildwood” for 2 1/2 years. Randy had the good fortune to work in a show with Grammy Award winning Phil Rosenthal, formerly of the Seldom Scene. Randy played many of the festivals around New England and Upstate NY.
Randy joined the Just Passin’ Thru Band in the fall of 2012 as their premiere banjo man. His hard driving banjo in the traditional bluegrass style was a perfect match for JPT. In addition to some mighty fine banjo pickin’, Randy always brought good cheer and humor to the stage, entertaining the audience and his fellow musicians!
Just Passin’ Thru is grateful for the opportunity to have known Randy and privileged to have shared the stage with him. He is sorely missed. Rest in peace friend.
Randall H. Gates Sr: 12/2/55 – 07/13/13