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Farmington Hills Firefighter, Jazz Musician Stan Barnes Performs Oct. 6

Stan Barnes and Friends will play their seventh concert at the Michael A. Guido Theater in Dearborn.

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

Gail Atkins September 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Great to read you are doing well - Enjoying your CD!!! --Den & Gail
Stan Barnes September 14, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Gail... Thank you so much... Give our Love to the Family...I bet the Kids aren't Kids anymore... Tell Denny ..."We Miss Him More than He knows..." Those were the "Good Ol Days"... Much Love Stan p.s. Denny, Thanks for all of the Encouragement throughout the years... The Support keeps us going...
Barbara Crenshaw September 21, 2012 at 07:17 PM
The Concert is the Bomb!!! I always enjoy myself. I am not just saying this because we are family...It is the truth, It is so much fun from the beginning to the very end. Love you guys and will see you Soon.

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