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Richard Weldon Baars


Bijkomende namen

Bijkomende namen Naam
Andere naam Dick Baars


vader Geboortedatum moeder Geboortedatum
James Wesley Baars 16.06.1910 Willa Looney (Baars) 07.07.1913


Soort gebeurtenis Datum Plaats Omschrijving
Geboorte 29.05.1935 Martin, Weakley County, Tennessee, United States of America
Scheiding BEF 1965
Huwelijk 14.09.1967 Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, United States of America
Beroep Trumpet player and musician
Overlijden 04.07.1971 Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States of America


Richard Weldon “Dick” Baars was born 29.5.1935 in Martin, Kentucky. He married first Brenda Sue Blackburn and they later divorced. They had two sons: James Scott and Douglas Allen. James Scott Baars was born 20.11.1958 and died at the very young age of just 25 on 21.12.1983 of a massive coronary. When he died, his wife Belinda was pregnant with their son Derek. The shock of Scott’s death put her into labor. Her baby was born prematurely and died one hour after birth. Like his Dad, Scott is buried in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio.

Dick later married for the second time to Norma Anne Profit in Burlington, Vermont on 14.9.1967. He was 32 years old and she was 21. Norma was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and was living in Burlington, Vermont at the time of their marriage. He was a musician and she was a secretary. They had two daughters: Tawnia and Michaela. Nothing is known about either of these two daughters.

Dick Baars became quite famous as a musician during his short lifetime. He enjoyed playing jazz and was good at it. His base of operations remained centered at Columbus, Ohio as he toured extensively with bands. He was in demand professionally as both a trumpet and a cornet player.

One of the highest honors paid to Dick Baars came in 1997 when he was inducted into the Columbus Senior Musicians Hall Of Fame. His proclamation for his induction read as follows:

Dick Baars
A native of Pikesville, Kentucky, Baars started on the trumpet/cornet at age 7 and by the time he graduated from South High School in 1955, had established himself as a solid musician. After studying at Ohio State, he landed a job with Harry Epps and The Muskat Ramblers at the old North Heidelberg, which led to a stint on the road with the Ray Baduc-Nappy Lamaar Band. While in Toledo, he was asked to replace the trumpeter in the Pee Wee Hunt band. Although Baars initially declined, Hunt called him twice a week for six months until he agreed to give it a try. When Hunt later retired, Baars renamed the band the Slabtown Marching Society, and booked it all over the eastern United States and Canada, although Columbus remained his home base. He often appeared locally at the Grandview Inn, The Clock, Gloria, Office Lounge, Tommy Heinrich’s, Benny Klein’s Nell House, and Olentangy Inn. Baars recorded on Capitol with Hunt, on Mercury with the Riverboat Five, and on Blackbird with Gene Mayl, as well as with the Salt City Six and the Stanley steamers. He died in 1971.

Dick Baars died at age 35 of a massive coronary on 4.7.1971. He was buried in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio; and, as noted in the preceding narrative about his Dad, James Wesley, he and his Dad share the same headstone that notes their shared love of music.