Hall of Fame - Alfred Bahr
Inducted - San Francisco 2011
| Alfred (Al) Bahr was born in San Antonio, TX to Bessie (Božena) and Joseph Bahr in 1935. His father spent 30 years in the U.S. Army and, as a result, he lived in many different places, including Japan in the early 1950s. However, most of his teenage years were spent in Redwood City, CA and all of his university studies took place in California.
His tambura life began in 1962 when he married Caroline Puskarich, a former member of the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. In 1966 Caroline organized the Veseli Seljaci and Jr. Tamburitzans of Santa Clara Valley, which consisted of adult and children's groups that she taught to play tamburitza and dance kolos. It was natural that Al began to serve in various support functions for such a large undertaking and he took up the bass and began playing in both the large group and a small combo. He soon found that he enjoyed playing tambura music most of all.
Eventually Al's and Caroline's involvement with the large group ended and they and a few friends started Novi Stari Tamburaši to play for their own enjoyment and the occasional party and picnic. From 1996 through 2006 Al and Caroline made many trips to Slavonija to hear various emerging tambura groups and to learn new music. They found it particularly exciting to witness the resurgence of tambura playing in Croatia, fueled by a seemingly unending stream of very talented players.
Tambura music is (as is all music) a universal language of love and understanding. It has provided Al and Caroline with life-long joy and vitality.