Hall of Fame - Steve Barich
|Steve Barich (posthumously)
Inducted - San Francisco 2011
| Steve Barich (1923-1995) was a talented tambura musician excelling on the prima tamburitza. He began playing the prim in a children's tamburitza orchestra "Yugoslavia" of Gary at age 10 and continued playing tambura his whole life. After serving in the Armed Forces in WW II, he returned home and joined the "Balkans" of South Chicago playing prim. He next joined the new "Zora" Orchestra of Gary, playing lead prim with them for many years.
Steve taught and directed several youth tamburitza groups in Northwest Indiana and after retiring as a machinist from the Gary Steel Mills, joined the Adult Tamburitza Ensemble of South Chicago under the direction of Adam Popovich, the same teacher who taught him as a child. Steve had a rare talent of sculpting steel. He created many beautiful steel mini tamburitza items that he enjoyed sharing and giving as gifts to his family and friends. His final years were spent in South Carolina near his daughter and son. On August 5,6, & 7, 2011 the St Sava Historical society will recognize Steve Barich's accomplishments at its' annual Serb Fest in Merrillville, Indiana.