Diversity has been a powerful theme in Stanley Baird's life. As an acclaimed musician, composer and entertainer, not only has he become a household item in his home state, but he has also achieved wide recognition as an educator at both the elementary public school and university level. He has shared the concert stage with Donald Byrd, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Regina Belle, Richard Elliot, Brian McKnight, The O'Jays, and late George Howard. Throughout his career, Baird has covered every aspect of jazz, using his gift to create music with heart. Music is something Baird is philosophical about. 'Listening to music is good for the soul and the mind,' he says. 'I always say don't do drugs, get your high on soothing, inspirational music.'