Dr. Brian Ebert, Director of Bands

Dr Brian Ebert

Dr. Brian Ebert is the Director of Bands at Legacy High School. From 2016 to 2021 he served as the Director of Orchestras and Assistant Director of Bands at Legacy. Dr. Ebert was the Affiliate Professor of Clarinet at Regis University from 2011 to 2021. Additionally, he instructed lecture courses in music at the Community College of Denver and courses in audio production at the Art Institute of Colorado. Dr. Ebert has coached and instructed musicians at the high school level since 1997, most notably as a
woodwind instructor for Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado from 1997 to 2012.

As a performer, Dr. Ebert has worked with many local, national, and international artists such as Karel Husa, Morten Lauridsen, Roomful of Teeth, Caroline Shaw, Guillaume Druel, Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Robert Moran, Jeffrey Nytch, Evan Ziporyn, Dave Grusin, Ron Miles, Jake Schlueter, the MahlerFest Orchestra, the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He recently performed with other Colorado clarinetists at the 50th International Clarinet Association conference in Denver in July of 2023.

Dr. Ebert is the clarinetist for two Colorado performing ensembles, the new music group Playground Ensemble, and the woodwind quintet Antero Winds. His playing can be heard on recordings by the Playground Ensemble, albums recorded by British songwriter Alex Highton, and Cobus du Toit’s Casterede: Complete Works for Flute, Vol. 2, released on the Naxos label in January 2020.

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 which was premiered by the group later that year. His chamber trio Contradances (bass clarinet/contra-alto clarinet, vibraphone, cello) was also premiered by Playground Ensemble, and it appears on their debut release 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.

In addition to his experience as a composer and clarinetist, Dr. Ebert is also a guitarist, bassist, vocalist, and songwriter. A self-taught guitarist, he has performed in rock bands since the age of fifteen. He has performed in many venues and festivals in Illinois and Colorado, including the Winter Park Folk Festival (2004, 2005, 2006) and the Blues from the Top Festival (2005).

A native of Kankakee, Illinois, Dr. Ebert studied music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1987-1989. He has performance degrees in clarinet from the University of Colorado at Boulder (BM/highest honors), the University of Denver (MM), and the University of Northern Colorado (DA). He studied clarinet with Don Kramer, Harlow Hopkins, Howard Klug, Harvey Hermann, Phil Aaholm, Carolee Smith, Abby Raymond, and Bil Jackson, and composition with Paul Martin Zonn, Luis Jorge Gonzalez, Bill Hill, and Robert Ehle.

Dr. Ebert is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, National Association for Music Educators, American School Band Directors Association, Colorado Bandmasters Association, International Clarinet Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Dr. Ebert resides in Thornton, Colorado with his wife Tia Christine.