Steve Barden

October 16, 1959 - May 5, 2016



At the Merom Chautauqua


Steve has been playing the drums since he was five-years-old sitting on the front porch of his home in Merom, Indiana.  His first drum set consisted of an oatmeal box, several coffee cans and a couple of his momís pan lids, with wooden spoon handles serving as sticks. 

Over the years, naturally, his drum set leaned toward the traditional. Self-taught, he went on to become a member of several well-known local bands, from Black Sun, when he was a teenager, to Outlaw Blues, Limitz, Classics, The Raging Palominos, Shelly Kelley and The Profilers, Sundown Express, Animosity, Pix & Stix Band. and Subject To Change, just to name the ones that I can remember

As most of you know, drumming, family, and music were his life. If he wasn't in a band, he was looking for one to join. He talked about his funeral as his last performance. Steve wanted to be buried with purple drumsticks in his hands, so he would be ready for the next chapter and his place in a heavenly band.

His passing was not unexpected, as he had been ill for many years, but we are never really prepared.

He will be missed a lot by family, friends and all of his bandmates over the years. He was a wonderful brother, but most of all, my friend. I will miss him so much.






The four pictures below were taken on Steve's birthday, October 16, at the Terre Haute Eagles at 9th and Poplar, while playing "Wipe Out".



Other Pictures from the Chautauqua