Bob Dylan and Jacob Dylan. Paul McCartney and James McCartney. Waylon Jennings and Shooter Jennings. Enrique Iglesias and Julio Iglesias. Hank Williams, Hank Williams II and Hank Williams III.
These famous fathers and sons are world famous and accomplished musicians.
Parkland has its own locally famous father-and-son duos. One of these duos hails from Farmington.
Kurt Bauche and his son Kyle are both musicians who perform together in the annual Baby Boomer Reunion concert series.
Kurt worked as a band director in the Farmington R-7 School District for 30 years. He retired in 2012 and is enjoying life with his wife Julie.
He is currently President of the Farmington R-7 School Board and Chairman of the Memorial United Methodist Church. He is also active in Farmington Elks Lodge, SEMO Seniors Golf Association and the Mineral Area Council on the Arts. He is Vice President of the Mineral Area Fine Arts Academy.
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When Kurt is not volunteering, playing golf, cooking, or spending time with his family, he enjoys playing the trombone and tuba. In fact, he enjoys playing both instruments at local events and in the Community Band and the Kicks Band.
As Kurt grew up, his parents encouraged him to pursue his passion for music as they didn’t have the opportunity to do it themselves. He took piano lessons in fourth grade but didn’t like it.
“My mom wouldn’t let me stop, so I cried,” he said, “so she gave in.”
This is Kurt’s biggest regret in his musical life.
He began playing the trombone in the fifth grade of the Union R-7 School District under the tutelage of Bill Wood. He played through high school and switched to tuba in ninth grade. He also took private singing lessons in the tenth grade through college. During his senior year he took private tuba lessons from Ron Curtis.
“Ron is one of the people who convinced me to become a music teacher,” Kurt said.
During his studies at Southeast Missouri State University he performed in all kinds of ensembles. One summer he took lessons from Roger McInulty, a former tuba player with the St. Louis Symphony. When he went to graduate school at the University of Louisville, he joined the musicians’ union. He played with the Kentucky Arts Brass Quintet; Louisville Symphony; and countless rodeos, ice shows and horse races.
“That was such a pleasure,” Kurt said. “I wish I had committed to performing earlier in my life.”
Kurt’s involvement with Baby Boomers came to light after he was at a few events with Dr. Kevin White or “Doc White” had played.
“I played the first Boomer concert that was to indoctrinate Centene Center and featured Chicago music, and it was a blast,” he said.
Speaking of his experiences at the past 19 Baby Boomer concerts, Kurt said, “You have this unwritten and unspoken vibration that transmits through you as you play. Of course, I’m good friends with everyone on stage. Some of the people I only see once a year.”
He said playing in the annual show is a “true joy.” One of the most entertaining and memorable aspects of the show is performing with his son, Kyle. They have been playing together at the Baby Boomer concerts for more than 10 years. His late wife Sue appeared on a few shows before she died.
“Singing in a rock ‘n’ roll band wasn’t her thing,” he said. “But the year all three of us performed together for the first time, that was neat. I think that was 2010, three years before she died.”
Kurt said all of the Baby Boomer shows were memorable, but he recalled a funny case from a year where the Star Wars “Cantina Band” was introduced.
“I was playing the tuba (sousaphone you’re carrying) and I picked up the music stand,” he said, “and the top of the stand came off and hit me in the head during the show!”
The summer before his sophomore year, Kyle made his debut on stage at a baby boomer concert.
“I remember going to the very first Baby Boomer concert, the Tribute to Chicago,” he said, “to see my dad play. And ever since that first concert, I’ve dreamed of being on that stage and playing drums at such a great show.”
He said White contacted his father in the spring of 2008 to see if Kyle would be interested in playing at the next concert.
“I was thrilled!” he said. “And with the exception of 2013 and 2014 when I was with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, I’ve played in every one since.”
With so many baby boomer concerts he’s attended, Kyle has a hard time picking a favorite. But he said the Jackpot Show and the ABC Show were a lot of fun because of the songs he was chosen to drum up on.
“My favorite songs that I play on the drums are ones that either feature big fills or solos on the drums, or have a ‘fat funky’ beat that just makes you want to dance or move,” said he. “I have to say it’s always rewarding to share the stage with my dad and play together, so every show I play with him (which has been every one I’ve been to) is a favorite of mine.”
Kyle has met so many incredible people. For some of these new friends, this baby boomer reunion concert is the only chance to see them. So there’s something special about him traveling from Columbia to his hometown of Farmington to reunite with those people, to reconnect.
He thinks the concerts have also become a reunion for some viewers, who gather for the annual tradition of watching the show together.
“This show has become a reunion for the cast as well,” Kyle said, “because we can all reconnect and share a stage and make great music together.”
He’s excited to receive that first Baby Boomer email from White a few months after the close of the current year’s show to start planning next year’s concert.
The musicians meet every Thursday for a pre-rehearsal dinner in the Centene Center lobby. There are many hugs, greetings and catching up from each other.
“I love how this show has brought so many locals together and continues to be a huge hit every year,” said Kyle. “I’m so thankful for all the hard work Kevin puts into it every year and the hard work all the artists put in to put together an amazing concert.”
He said, “And I’m so grateful that I’m so lucky to be a part of it.”
Kyle, his wife and daughter live in Colombia. He is a Sales Engineer at MU Healthcare
He plays drums in a funk band called Mobile Funk Unit. The band is a 10+ piece horn band including trombone, trumpet, mellophone, saxophone, tuba, electric guitar and multiple percussion. They’ve played everything from parades, wedding receptions, film festivals, private events and more.
Kyle recalled traveling to marching band festivals with his father when he was young. He also traveled to choral festivals with his mother Sue, who was a choirmaster at Farmington.
He began taking piano lessons around the age of 8. He went with his sister Kate, who had already taken lessons from Pam Ruffin, and continued to play the piano through high school.
“My earliest inspirations for learning the piano were my mother Sue and my sister Kate, both of whom could play me under the table,” he said, “which also supported my motivation to constantly try to get better.
Kyle got his first drum kit at the age of 8. He began playing alone, but then took lessons from Ron Farrow at the age of 11.
He said that private music lessons really helped him progress faster as a player than doing it alone.
“God bless my parents for putting up with all the noise I made,” he said. “I was always pushed by both of my parents to do my best and practice. They told me that if I was going to do something, I should make sure I was doing it right and on purpose.”
They were Kyle’s support system while he lived at home and continued to support him after he left Farmington to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia.
“Being exposed to music as much as I was when I was young opened up so many opportunities to grow and learn,” he said. “As a child of two music educators, it was hard not to be exposed and wanting to get involved and aspire to be a musician.”
Kyle also had his father, Kurt, as his own band director, which Kyle described as a “great experience.”
“Not only did I have him as a parent, but when I finally got into high school and played in his groups, I got to know my dad’s professional side.”
Although Kyle saw his father teach before he got to high school and often saw him in “teacher mode,” he didn’t really get the full experience until he started high school.
“I learned from him as my band director and not from my father,” Kyle said. “I feel so lucky to have had my childhood and youth with him because I really learned so much from him at home and at school. I feel special knowing that not everyone has had the experience I have except my sister who also had him as band director.”
Kyle plays “all drums”. From classical percussion including mallet instruments such as marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and glockenspiel to timpani, snare and bass drum, toms and multiple percussion (toms, “toy” instruments such as wood blocks, tambourine, triangle, crash cymbals, cowbell, shakers and more).
“I played in a jazz band in high school and college, so drum set is another avenue,” he said, “and I also participated in pep band style drum set. I’m well versed in world percussion, which includes Latin instruments like congas, bongos, cajon, etc., and played in a steel band in college (think steel drum-like music, tropical and “island music”).”
Kyle has played and marched in many places, from his hometown of Farmington, across the nation and even to foreign lands. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his musical talent. On his musical journeys he has made many friends.
But one thing is certain: while making music, he has formed special bonds with other people who also love making music.
“There’s always something exciting about being on stage and I don’t know if I can put it into words,” he said. “It just always feels comfortable and ‘right’.”
From taking piano and drums lessons as a young boy, to watching his father, Kurt, attend the first baby boomer concert Kyle attended, to dreaming of playing on this stage himself, music has given Kyle incredible opportunities.
One of his favorite experiences has always been sharing the stage and making memories with his father.
This weekend is The 20th Anniversary Spectacular of the Baby Boomer Reunion Concert Series 2022. Shows are at 7pm on Fridays and at 1pm and 7pm on Saturdays. Call the Farmington Civic Center at 573-756-0900 for ticket information.
Don’t miss Monday’s latest feature in the Daily Journal about two more talented Baby Boomer musicians performing at this weekend’s concerts.
Pam Clifton is a contributing writer for the Daily Journal