With over 43 years of experience, Bob Baier serves as one of the nation’s finest square dance callers. Bob’s introduction to square dance calling came at the early age of 15 after taking square dance lessons at the age of 11. He learned to call from Jim Hale and Red Dongue in 1970 at the Houston Callers Association. Since this time he has enjoyed being involved in square dancing and calling. Bob s calls in excess of 220 dance sessions a year.
Bob instructed his first square dance class in 1971 with 2 different teenage groups in Houston. Since he left Texas A&M in 1976 to become a full time professional square dance caller, he has been a featured caller for many festivals and dances in over 36 states and internationally in countries including Canada, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, and Germany. Bob worked with the Winter Texas in Pharr South for 19 years before taking a full time job with the Harris County Toll Road. He is the field operations supervisor for the Patrons Emergency Assistance Team, or P.EA.T. It is Harris County’s first responders for their toll road system. He has been with H.C.T.R.A. for 10 years.
In Houston he calls at various clubs around town and teaches two weekly mainstream/plus clubs (Frontier Squares and Hey Lollies) and an Advance group (Bob’s Best).
Born and raised in Houston Texas, Bob is married to his long time love Dena. He has two wonderful children Michelle (28) and Young Bob (26). Michelle is a graduate of U.T.D with her master’s degree in Communications Disorders. She and her husband Dustin live in Kingwood Texas and have a 28 month old daughter, Lauryn. She is Bob and Dena’s 1st grandchild and the apple of their eye. Young Bob also lives in Kingwood and works for Harris County Fleet Services in Houston.
Bob records for Elite Records, which is owned by one of his best friends, Pat Barbour. He is an accredited member of American Callers’ Association. He is also BMI/ASCAP licensed. He also has a new record coming out called “Come on ring those bells” on Ego records produced by his good friend Paul Cote.
When asked what he does in his spare time, he smiles and says square dancing, water skiing and “I just look forward to seeing you in a square.”