Daniel Peter Barber

Born: Sun., Oct. 18, 1953
Died: Thu., Jul. 11, 2019


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Mon., Jul. 15, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Jul. 15, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Daniel Peter Barber

Oct. 18, 1953 - July 11, 2019

BUCHANAN, MI - Our beloved Danny was born on October 18, 1953 to Andrew (Andy) and Elizabeth (Betty) Barber, in the small mid-central Indiana town of Clinton, IN. He was the fourth of six children. His first five years of life were spent in Clinton with his three older sisters who cherished their Danny Boy. In 1959, the family moved to South Bend, IN where his father had secured employment with the Bendix Corporation. In South Bend, two more siblings, both brothers, were born to the Barber family. 

Danny's father was also a local trumpet player, and quite accomplished. At 10 years old Danny began to be instructed, by Dad, about the beauty of the brass trumpet instrument and the playing and reading of music. Danny became a member of his Christ the King Catholic Grade School band and continued his trumpet mastery. In 1968, he started his high school years at South Bend Clay High School where nothing less than 1st chair in the school band was an option. His talent expanded into the love of jazz and writing music. His first professional band performance was at age 16 with the local Eddie Knight Band. In the meantime, “Dad” decided to start a family band. The Sounds of Brass was born featuring Dad, Danny, and his three sisters who performed on guitar, bass, and percussion. It was a BLAST!!!

Between being a boy and becoming a man, Danny also had a talent for mechanical aptitude. He was a “fixer.” He could totally rebuild a car engine. Danny graduated from high school in 1972 and shortly thereafter, decided to enlist in the United States Army. He served with honors in the prestigious Army jazz ensemble, The Jazz Ambassadors, until 1976. Immediately after discharge, he was hired by the Tommy Dorsey Band and later recruited by the Maynard Ferguson Band. Danny toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson from 1977 to 1979. Danny continued his career as a premier jazz trumpet professional and has performed throughout the United States and abroad, most recently with the Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra based in Kalamazoo, MI. He has performed with many world class bands, musicians, and iconic celebrities. Danny is also revered as an impeccable and artistic studio musician.

In the mid-1980's Danny became a family man with his marriage to Benita (Phillips) Barber, an accomplished violinist. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Jessica (deceased 1990), Willa Lynn (deceased 2005), and Jesse Daniel who survives with his wife, Kristy Barber and Amelia Lynn, Danny's granddaughter.

On December 28, 2006 in South Bend, IN, Danny and Kathleen (Sweeney) Barber, his high school sweetheart, were married. He is survived by his loving Kathleen.

Many family parties dotted the years, especially at Christmas. Danny had his recipes ready and we all shared laughter, music, and good times. The last gathering was in 2017 at his home in Michigan.

May you rest in peace among all the stars in the heavens beloved Danny Boy. You are now among your loved ones and the great jazz cats that have preceded you.

Danny is also survived and cherished by his 5 siblings, Terry Susan Helvey (Donald R. Helvey, dec.), Sally Ann Barber (Lee Madison), Jenny Lee Yuhasz (David Yuhasz, dec.), Larry Barber, and Paul Barber (Peggy Barber), and many nieces and nephews.

Parents Andrew Allen Barber and Elizabeth (Betty) Lee Barber preceded him in 2000.

A special thank you to the Hanson Hospice House of Stevensville, Michigan for caring and comforting Danny during his final journey. 

Visitation and Services will be held on Monday, July 15 in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., South Bend, IN 46635 where visitation will be from 11:00am-1:00pm and the service at 1:00pm. A graveside tribute will immediately follow the service at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, 375 W Cleveland Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545.

Memorial contributions in Danny's name may be made to Hanson Hospice House, 4382 S. Cleveland Ave., Stevensville, MI 49127. Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Daniel's memory to the following organization:

Hanson Hospice House
4382 S. Cleveland Ave., Stevensville, MI 49127

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Travis Rosenthal
   Posted Sun July 14, 2019


Much love and adoration from your friends and fans at the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (Jazz Members Big Band).

Sara Elizabeth Wood-Gibbs
   Posted Mon July 15, 2019
I am so sorry to learn of Danny's passing. I had no idea he was ill. He was a very important friend of my husband, Bruce Wood, who was a drummer. From the age of 16, we watched Danny grow as a man and as a musician. Bruce loved Danny like a brother, and Danny would often come over or call Bruce to listen to some local groups. They played gigs together and commiserated with each other over the years. We were proud to know Danny. When Bruce passed away in 2009, Danny was a pallbearer, and he played Taps as Bruce was laid to rest. I celebrate Danny's life and influence. I pray for Peace for you and your family. Sent with love, Sara

Ernesto R
   Posted Sat July 20, 2019
I’m very sorry to read the passing of your beloved Daniel. Please accept my sincere condolences. I have personally looked for comfort after losing a loved one and I learned that God is eager to comfort us (2 Co 1:3,4) I felt comforted by the promise made by God of bringing back to life those who sleep in death (1 Thes. 4:14). So think about the idea of you hugging, kissing and talking to Dany again. He will come back into an Earth free of suffering, sickness and anything that causes us to shed tears of pain (Rev. 21:4). This hope is both sure and firm because Jehovah God cannot lie (Heb. 6:18; Titus 1:2). Is my sincere desire that you can also find comfort in this words during this difficult time for you.

Maurice T. Mahon
   Posted Wed July 24, 2019
I was very sad to see that my good friend in high school has passed on. I’m sorry I could not attend the services. And that I missed the opportunity to visit with my cousins.
I’m having a mass said at St. Martin de Porres parish in Taylorsville, Utah on August 17 at 5PM. I hope this is some comfort for your family.
Sincerely, Maurice Mahon