Roland Gajate Garcia is the percussionist for the internationally acclaimed television show, American Idol. A dynamic and versatile multi percussionist, Roland brings his energy and talent to the show's house band.
Roland was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and is the son of renowned percussionist/teacher/inventor, Richie Gajate Garcia. Roland has performed worldwide with such artists as Diana Ross, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Beyonce Knowles, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Kirk Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight, Frankie Valli and international pop singer, Googoosh.
Roland earned his bachelor's degree in music at California State University at Northridge and was mentored by LP artist, Gregg Bissonette. Roland has also studied privately with his father, Richie Gajate Garcia, and Alex Acuna to name just a few.