Bill Baker grew up around music, his father being a church minister of music and his mom a director of children’s choirs. After moving to Milton, FL in 1970, he picked up the trumpet in middle school and played in marching, concert and jazz bands at Milton High School and Auburn University.
After losing part of his trumpet during the halftime show of the Auburn/Alabama football game in 1978, it stayed mostly in the case for several years until he was asked to play the processional at one of his niece’s weddings. He still plays that same 1974 Silver Getzen Eterna Severinsen model that his parents bought him his sophomore year in high school.
Along with high school and church youth choir friends John (drums) and Steve (bass), and his wife Robyn, Bill also plays in the Celebration Choir and Orchestra at First Baptist Church in Milton.
Ask him what is the best thing about having been a ‘band geek’ and he’ll be quick to tell you that it was "marrying one of the majorettes (the prettiest one to be precise)." Bill retired in 2016 after working 27 years as a claims manager for a major insurance carrier. He enjoys scuba diving/spearfishing and most everything water related.