Mr. Baggett was born August 13, 1951 in Birmingham, Alabama to A. B., Sr., and Ruth Baggett. A. B., Jr., was the baby brother of four older sisters, Nancy, Linda, Kathy and Jo. He grew up in Adamsville, just outside of Birmingham, and attended Minor High School. He was very fortunate to have several outstanding Band directors during that time at Minor including Mr. L. Spencer Shaw, Mr. Eric Sizemore, the late Mr. Scott Henderson, and Dr. Johnny Jacobs. Upon graduation of high school in 1969 Mr. Baggett attended Harding College (now Harding University) and was in the Band which was directed by Dr. G. E. Baggett (no relation). After graduating from Harding in 1972, Mr. Baggett worked one year in Goodlettsville,TN, as an assistant manager of a V. J. Elmore Variety Store. In 1973 he began work on his M. Ed. at Auburn University where he was also fortunate to have classes with Dr. Wilbur (Bodie) Hinton, Dr. Johnny Vinson, and applied lessons with the late Dr. Bill Walls. Later, in the summers of 1978 and 1979, Mr. Baggett attended North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) where he was able to take applied trombone with both Mr. Leon Brown and Mr. Royce Lumpkin, and brass pedagogy with Dr. Leonard Candelaria.
Mr. Baggett became one of the assistant directors at Berry High School in August of 1975 when it was still in the Jefferson County School System. His primary responsibility was the Beginning Band programs at Bluff Park and Shades Mountain Elementary Schools. The next year he was given the opportunity to teach at Green Valley Elementary, in addition to the other two schools. It was during those early years that he developed his love for the beginning band and the middle school band programs. When Simmons Middle School opened in the Fall of 1978, he was given the privilege of being its first band director. He remained at Simmons until 1988, when the city of Hoover began the Hoover City School System. When Hoover became an independent system he was moved back to Berry High School as an assistant high school director, but he and the other directors began doing beginning band in the elementary schools, so once again Mr. Baggett had the opportunity to teach at Bluff Park, Green Valley, Rocky Ridge, and Shades Mountain elementary schools. When Berry High School became Hoover High School, Mr. Baggett was given the choice of moving to Hoover H. S., or moving to Simmons to assist with the beginning and middle school program. He chose the latter. As Hoover continued to grow, there became a need for a second middle school. Berry High School was renovated and became Berry Middle School. Mr. Baggett was once again fortunate to be granted the opportunity to become the first band director at Berry M. S. While assisting at Simmons and working at Berry, he also continued to assist in different capacities with the Hoover High School Marching Band. When Spain Park High School opened, he began to assist in different capacities with the Spain Park Marching Band. Since 1975 he has been blessed to be part of an outstanding Band program, and has truly been blessed since that time to be surrounded by a host of outstanding band directors, faculty and staff, administrators, supervisors, superintendents, parents, students and family.
Mr. Baggett has six sons, Brad, Brian, Chace, Hunter, Taylor and Carson; three daughter-in-laws, Amy, Corrina and Kristie; three grandsons, Galen, Nathan and Davis. He attends the Homewood church of Christ. He also has a collection of “uncollectible” cars including a 1929 Hudson and a 1930 Buick.