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Farmington Hills Firefighter Hosts Oct. 12 Jazz Concert

Stan Barnes and Friends in Dearborn will feature music from Barnes' new CD.

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Farmington Hills firefighter Stan Barnes hosts a jazz concert Oct. 12 in Dearborn. Photo credit: Stan Barnes
The Stan Barnes and Friends Annual Concert theme is "Behind Every Good Man" and will feature live music from Barnes' 
Also Stan's Newest CD is going to be released that evening entitled "HOLD ON"

Tickets to the Oct. 12, 7 p.m., show are $35, and $40 VIP tickets are available. Purchase them at dearborntheater.com.  

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Mich. firefighter's other job saves lives through jazz...

We have many upcoming projects... If any are interested in Sponsoring or Investing, please contact Brenda Barnes 248 660-3064 for Details...  Or please feel free to Donate through Paypal... Modest Donations are appreciated.

 
Want to Become an Investor or Sponsor? (May 18, 2009)

Whether he's on the job as a veteran Farmington Hills firefighter/paramedic or on stage sharing his love of jazz, Stan Barnes likes helping people. 

On Oct. 6, his seventh annual "Stan Barnes and Friends" jazz concert aims to leave those who attend feeling better than when they walked in the door. The concert brings musicians from around metro Detroit to the Michael A. Guido Theater in Dearborn, where they perform and just have a good time. 

"We do R&B, neo-soul, jazz, and some classical music," said Barnes, who works out of Fire Station No. 2 on Middlebelt. "It's wholesome entertainment in a stress-free environment. We try to create a musical Nirvana." 

Barnes began playing the saxophone in high school and moved on to learn other woodwind instruments, as well as piano and keyboards. He comes by his talent naturally; his father was a musician.

At 14, Barnes fought his first house fire, and the house was his own. He said he was babysitting is younger brothers when the fire broke out. After getting the younger boys out of the house, he picked up a garden hose, but quickly realized it was little match for the flames. 

"We lost so much," he said. "Firefighting was a natural progression ... I've lost so many relatives in fires over the years." 

Barnes said he feels "blessed and thankful" to have spent his career with the , where he signed on in 1994. But he is most thankful for his family, especially his wife of 25 years, Brenda, who manages everything off-stage for the Stan Barnes and Friends concerts. The couple's three sons – Jordan, 16, Brandan, 13, and Kàdan, 9 – also help set things up and are on stage at the end of the show. 

The concert was Brenda's idea, Barnes added, and the two of them finance the whole thing. 

"We had an offer from a company to buy out the name and the brand," he said. "It was tempting, but we don't want a company telling us down the road, you have to include this or go here." 

Barnes said he sets a high standard for the show, from the quality of the music to the expectations of the musicians. He said some who perform also work with nationally-known entertainers, but tell him his concert surpasses those experiences, "because it's a family experience. We have fun on stage ... and if we have fun, the audience will have fun." 

Tickets for the Oct. 6, 7 p.m., concert range from $36 to $41 and can be ordered online at dearborntheater.com. Barnes said sponsorship opportunities are also available. 

To learn more or to get in touch with Barnes, visit stanbarnesmusic.com

The City Honors its Finest.
Della Cassia - The Gazette
Firefighter of The Year... All Fired Up!
Paul Pace - The Observer Newspaper
This ariticle was well written and highlighted Stan Barnes' appreciation for Life and Music... As both are gifts...
Ivan Helfman - The Gazette (Jan 17, 2007)
Keisha Baines - Connect With Detroit Magazine
Saving Lives Playing Live
Alex Kellog - Detroit Free Press (Nov 11, 2007)
Culture Plays a Role....
Karen Bolsen / Mary Brown - Observer and Eccentric (Dec 2, 2007)

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(Jan 21, 2010)