Dr. Brian Ebert is the Director of Orchestras and Assistant Director of Bands here at Legacy High School. Since moving from Fraser, Colorado to the Denver/Boulder area, Dr. Ebert has become a well-known clarinetist, composer, and educator. He has taught lecture courses in music at the Community College of Denver and courses in audio production at the Art Institute of Colorado. He has served as a woodwind instructor for Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado from 1997-2012, and has coached high school music programs all across the Denver area. Dr. Ebert continues to teach clarinet at Regis University, a position he has held since 2011.
As a performer, Dr. Ebert has worked with many local, national, and international artists such as Morten Lauridsen, Caroline Shaw, Roomful of Teeth, Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Robert Moran, Alex Highton, Jeff Nytch, Evan Ziporyn, Ron Miles, the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra, the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of both the contemporary music group Playground Ensemble, and the woodwind quintet Antero Winds.
An avid composer, Dr. Ebert has written works for orchestra, concert band, mixed chamber ensembles, and various solo instruments. In 2012 he was commissioned by Playground Ensemble to compose a companion piece to Olivier Messiaen’s pivotal Quartet for the End of Time. The result was Fragments of Om, a septet that was premiered by the group later that year. His chamber trio Contradances (for bass clarinet/contra-alto clarinet, vibraphone, and violoncello) was also premiered by Playground Ensemble, and it appears on their debut recording Dreams Go Through Me. His most recent works include Flux Aeterna (clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, cello, piano), Nocturnes (woodwind quintet), Beneath a Solitary Sky (clarinet/bass clarinet and laptop), and ubuntu (jazz ensemble and laptop). The latter was premiered live on KUVO 89.3 FM.
As a guitarist, bassist, vocalist, and songwriter, Dr. Ebert has performed in rock bands since the age of fifteen. He has performed in many local Colorado venues and festivals, including the Winter Park Folk Festival (2004, 2005, 2006) and the Blues from the Top Festival (2005). Dr. Ebert has experience with live sound and audio engineering, and has produced a couple of recently released albums (8-Bit Xmas by Playground Ensemble and David Farrell).
A native of Kankakee, Illinois, Dr. Ebert studied music education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1987-1989. He has also studied composition with Paul Martin Zonn, Luis Jorge Gonzalez, Bill Hill, and Robert Ehle, and clarinet with Don Kramer, Harlow Hopkins, Howard Klug, Phil Aaholm, Abby Raymond, and Bil Jackson. He has performance degrees in clarinet from the University of Colorado at Boulder (BM), the University of Denver (MM), and the University of Northern Colorado (DA).
Dr. Ebert resides in Englewood, Colorado with his wife Tia Christine.