The World Music Experience

Musical performances
Instrument demonstrations
Audience participation
An educational and entertaining presentation for all ages
The World Music Experience at Ashley Falls School in San Diego, California:
Tom Gates and Preacher Patterson formed The World Music Experience to share their love of music and rhythm with groups who may not have regular access to live musical performances, such as students of all ages, senior communities, care facilities, corporate team-building programs, libraries and other city groups, and familes. With more than 60 years of music performing experience between them, Tom and Preacher bring a deep understanding of the magic of music and its power to bond and inspire people everywhere.

Rhythm and world cultures come alive
A professional musical performance that is energizing and fun
Contact Tom Gates for information and booking:
tel: 623-759-3462 email:

About The Program

The World Music Experience is “edutainment” – educational and entertaining.
The following brief description is typical of a one hour school or concert presentation – details will vary. For example a corporate function or care facility may have specific requirements. We can accommodate your needs.
The World Music Experience (one hour)
The program:
  • 1-2 songs in styles from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa using steel drums and percussion. These are fun, recognizable songs.
  • Introduction of the musicians and brief description/demonstration of the steel drum by Tom Gates. Many people have never seen this wonderful instrument and find it fascinating.
  • 1-2 songs featuring percussion by Preacher Patterson.
  • Description/demonstration of many amazing percussion sounds by Preacher.
  • Brief question and answer session. Many of the instruments and rhythms that we play may be unfamiliar. We welcome your questions.
  • Audience participation. We’ll distribute instruments to the audience and you’ll play with us! We’ll bring as many as we can (shakers, wood blocks, drums, etc.) or bring your own. This is always fun.
  • Final 1-2 songs.
This program was developed by Tom Gates during many years as a roster artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The “edutainment” approach to music has proven to be an effective way to reach people with the universal power and joy of music.
About Us

Tom Gates performs on the steel drum – the remarkable instrument from Trinidad. The steel drum produces a world of melody and rhythm, drawing in listeners and putting a smile on their faces. Tom developed the program for The World Music Experience while a roster artist with the Arizona Commission on the Arts. For more than 20 years, this musical presentation has delighted audiences.

Preacher Patterson plays a huge variety of percussion instruments from around the globe. He brings the spice to the rhythm and his love for the music is always on display. Preacher draws from a wealth of experience and will have you playing percussion too.
The World Music Experience can be expanded to include any number of musicians, depending on client requirements.
reduces stress
encourages creativity
promotes team-building
builds community
energizes productivity
builds self-confidence
improves listening skills

The World Music Experience at your event
  • Unique
  • Educational
  • Memorable
  • Fun

The World Music Experience
Contact Tom Gates for information and booking: