Stepping Out of the Box!
Roger Baccus was born the fifth child of ten to Oscar Baccus and Carrie Belle Griggs/Baccus. Five of their children were blind from childhood. He was introduced to music early in life. His older brother, Eddie, became a professional pianist. A younger brother, Ken, started playing guitar and switched to keyboard. His sister, Vernell Taylor, is an accomplished classical pianist and vocalist. His sister, Carolyn Martin, played drums and Flugle Horn in high school. Roger has a background playing the upright bass and then the Hammond organ and later began using the electronic keyboard. He states, "That big Hammond C-3 just got too heavy to move!" He has always liked to sing and write poetry. Thus, song writing was a natural for him. He joined a traveling band straight out of high school and traveled for a year. At that time Roger left the band and worked locally, in Dayton, Ohio, for the next few years. He then moved to Columbus, Ohio, continuing to play in clubs and restaurants. He attended OSU for a year then moved to Los Angeles where he completed an A.A. degree and computer programming certification course. He then decided to try his hand at things other than music. He worked as a medical transcriptionist, Accessibility Consultant and finally a computer teacher. While teaching, he was introduced to CakeWalk/Sonar, JAWS (a speech program for the computer), CakeTalking, a special interface program to work with speech, and a wide new world of possibilities for creating music on the computer opened up to him. He continued teaching for ten years. Now he has come full circle. Thus, introducing the new CD, "Stepping Out Of The Box!" According to Roger, "I did not want to be boxed in to a particular style or genre of music! I love so many kinds of music." He has gained a valuable education during the process of creating this CD. "I learned so much from so many people and I just want to thank them all, But, this project would not have been possible without help from my dear wife, Brenda Bell!" he remarks. Now, he is home, creating music.