History

Joe Baker - Founder & Project Director (12/7/04 - 12 Galaxies - San Francisco, CA)Joe Baker: Founder & Project Director
(12/7/04 - 12 Galaxies - San Francisco, CA)
Over the last five years, the Bay Recorders Organization (BRO) has grown from a small group of self-taught sound engineers to one of the Bay Area's premiere audio recording organizations. Since 2001, the Bay Recorders have worked with nationally touring bands of all genres, helped organized and supported successful benefit concerts in historical venues throughout San Francisco, provided audio support to national civic organizations and worked to raise funds for the children's music programs at Mission Dolores School in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District.

Beginnings

None of this would have been possible without the efforts of founder Joe Baker and Steven Fabing, whose passion for recording, preserving and sharing music of all kinds served as the impetus for the birth of BRO. As part of a close-knit group of audio engineers and music enthusiasts, they felt a deep desire to transform what was a complex and consuming hobby into an ongoing career. Using their extensive contacts throughout the San Francisco music scene, BRO convinced multiple bands they could reproduce a studio quality recording from a live atmosphere. This unique approach to supporting all types of music, along with the experience and equipment to deliver CDs encapsulating this superior sound immediately after events, serves as the foundation of the Bay Recorders' mission.

Working With Legends

Stephen Perkins of Banyan, Jane's Addiction, Velvet Hammers, and Porno for Pyros has been a friend of BRO since 2002 (2/16/2008 - 12 Galaxies - San Francisco, CA)Stephen Perkins of Banyan, Jane's Addiction, Velvet Hammers, and Porno for Pyros has been a friend of BRO since 2002
(2/16/2008 - 12 Galaxies - San Francisco, CA)

The results thus far have been impressive. Since its inception, BRO has worked with members of legendary bands such as Jane's Addition (Steven Perkins), Yes (Jon Anderson), Parliament Funkadelic (Eric McFadden & George Clinton, Bernie Worrell), the String Cheese Incident (Michael Travis), Jerry Garcia Band (Merle Saunders), the Grateful Dead (Bob Wier & Vince Welnick), Talking Heads (Jerry Harrison), Hot Tuna & The Rod Stewart Band (Pete Sears), The Meters (Zigaboo Modelist), Timbuk 3 (Pat MacDonald) and The Carlos Santana Band (Carlos Hernandez) and one of the music scene new young talent Brett Dennen. BRO also works with nationally touring acts based in the Bay Area such as ALO, the Ritual, the Garrin Benfield Band, Group DeJour, Garaj Mahal, and Blue Turtle Seduction. Reaching far south to Los Angeles, BRO has continued its long time relationship with Jane's Addiction drummer Steven Perkins new project Banyan and BRO is so proud of its long term friendship and support of San Francisco's hottest band, the Two Gallants. In addition to the nationally touring acts BRO also works with international tourning bands New Mastersounds (Leeds, Englad) and Meltone (Japan) BRO also provides audio support for some of the country's largest independent music festivals, delivering quality recordings to gatherings with more than 10,000 attendees.

Supporting Music Education For Young People

Bandworks: On of the many Bandworks youth bands (11/4/2006 - Ashkenaz - Berkeley, CA)Bandworks: On of the many Bandworks youth bands
(11/4/2006 - Ashkenaz - Berkeley, CA)

BRO is particularly proud of its work with local community groups focused on music education for young people. BRO continues to work with Bandworks, a group of Bay Area music instructors that pool their students together to teach them band concepts as well as provide private music lessons. Working with children ages 7-17 since 1993, Bandworks brought on BRO in the fall of 2004 to record their recitals at their summer camp workshops as well as the quarterly recitals held during the school year. In February 2006, the Bay Recorders began a new relationship with Blue Bear School of Music, a 35 year-old music school based in the presidio of San Francisco.

Since 2002, Bay Recorders have teamed up with Mission Dolores School to produce the "Music with a Mission" concert series. This series of events has raised funds for the school's music and choir department and has featured such performers as Mark Deutsch, Stephen Kent, the Ritual and Friends, Dan Lebowitz and Michael Manring. Held in the church's historic main cathedral, these events always result in a room full of love and beautiful sound dedicated to a deserving cause. BRO looks forward to continuing to support those seeking music education as well as those teaching it.

Supporting The Community

Music With A Mission I: A concert to benefit Mission Dolores church & school music programs with Mark Deutsch on Bazantaar and Stephen Kent on Didjeridu (11/16/03 - Mission Dolores Basilica - San Francisco, CA) - Photo credit: Adrian ElliotMusic With A Mission I: A concert to benefit Mission Dolores church & school music programs with Mark Deutsch on Bazantaar and Stephen Kent on Didjeridu
(11/16/03 - Mission Dolores Basilica - San Francisco, CA)
Photo credit: Adrian Elliot

BRO has also made it a part of their mission to give back to the community, having helped organize benefits for Tsunami relief, as well as assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. BRO has also supported events dedicated to victims and survivors of breast, bone, and brain cancer, a fallen fire fighter from Oakland, and a musical event dedicated to slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

BRO Continues To Expand

High Sierra Music Festival: Capturing the music at the Big Meadow Tent (7/4/2002 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA)High Sierra Music Festival: Capturing the music at the Big Meadow Tent
(7/4/2002 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA)
BRO continues to nurture the relationships that were built during the early and continue to make many new ones, especially working towards the goal of supporting children's musical education and benefit events. BRO has expanded its services to include "BRO by Mail" - an offering of digital recordings from local San Francisco bands and other organizations via US Mail.

It is this passion and innovation that is the driving force behind the Bay Recorders Organization - dedicated to preserving and supporting all music through the art of recording.

BRO FestivalArtwork by Ryan Kerrigan (2006): Ryan was commisioned to put to canvus what it looks like to be at a music festival, somewhere in the mountains, with a live band on stage playing, folks all dancing and having fun, a BRO recording tech working, and a line of folks at the BRO cd sales tent waiting to take the show and "Re-Live Live Music". "The BRO festival" is this basic idea and so much more than we could have ever imagined. We cherish Ryan's contributions to BRO tremendiously.