Benjamin Gates was born and raised in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He is currently a self-employed Cellist. Benjamin at a very young age had such a love for music that he made homemade instruments and played them making rhythmic sounds. His mom saw his talent and started him in music classes. As a result, Benjamin has been playing the Cello since he was four years old.
At the DC Youth Orchestra Program, Benjamin went through the levels very quickly where he ultimately became the Principal Cellist with the DC Youth Orchestra. As Principal Cellist, he played at the White House for the Easter Egg Event in which President Obama and his family was in attendance; he played at the 50th DC Youth Orchestra Reunion; and the Celebration and Honor of Mr. McClain, both held at the Concert Hall, Kennedy Center.