Fred has been a musician most of his life, although he didn't pursue it as a means of financial support (otherwise known as his "real job") for his family. Fred started playing a trumpet in grade school, and continued with that through his high school days, where he was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz award at Flathead High School in 1987. Fred played soprano bugle for the 1986 version of the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and was proud to be a part of that group when they took 11th in the Drum Corps International World Finals that year. Being a family man and hard worker, Fred chose to work in the concrete construction trade, and has been doing that for over 25 years now, and continues to do so here in Billings. However, music never left him, and he has written many songs, and really enjoys creating pieces of music that reach for the emotions of the listener. His passion for music led him to teach himself to play guitar, and finally get up on a bar stage and play. Fred has never considered himself a guitar player, but does a pretty good job of keeping up with the guys, and actually enjoys singing about as much as playing. Growing up with country radio playing on his local stations, his favorite style of music is in fact the country music of the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's. With his major influences being from that era, you will hear Fred singing Merle Haggard, George Strait, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and many more.
We want to welcome Fred Choate to Cedar Ridge!