|“BIG” AL EBERHARDT|
|In 1976 Al Eberhardt bought The Changing Times name and a handful of jazz charts from a fellow Colorado Springs area musician. Having just moved to the Pikes Peak region, Al was able to scrounge together a few hundred dollars from his very small military paycheck as a newly appointed trumpeter in the NORAD band for the purchase. It was a complete leap of faith on his part. At the time, Al and family (including his one-year old little boy named Eric) were still living out of a trailer on the eastern plains of the Springs- the only home that the Eberhardt clan could afford on an airman rank.|
|Over the next decade, Al steadfastly worked as a full time musician in the military, eventually moving from the NORAD band to the Air Force Academy Band. At the same time, he became a popular call for local area groups because of his infectious showmanship and incredible knowledge of standard commercial music. Over time and through word of mouth, the calls started coming in for Al to bring his musical talents to weddings, parties, shows, and other various musical functions. Now established in the military musician family, he became the leader of AFA (Air Force Academy) Blue Steel rock and show band, soloist with Moods in Blue, and the Falconaires, and eventually became the founding member of the critically acclaimed Academy Brass Quintet classical performance ensemble (check out a “young” Al Eberhardt playing principal trumpet here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDsms341jhU with world renowned organist Diane Bish.)|
|In the 80’s, Al Eberhardt and The Changing Times Band became one of the fixtures at the world-renowned Broadmoor Hotel Tavern- a steady gig that would last for nearly two decades. After concluding the Broadmoor run, Al and the band remained popular (playing over 200 shows a year) around the state of Colorado, especially with dance venues requiring a large variety of live musical selections. In his musical career, Al has enjoyed playing music with many great artists including: Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones and the Four Freshmen, comedians Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Steve Allen and Bob Newhart, jazz greats Johnny Smith, Bill Watrous, Pete Fountain, Carl “Doc” Severinsen, Herbie Mann, Frank Mantooth and Bobby Shew. Al has also performed with pop icons like Lou Cristy, The Crystals, Frankie Valli, James Brown, Wayne Newton, The Beach Boys and Las Vegas star Danny Gans. He has also backed up country stars Jack Jones and Michael Martin Murphy as well as guitarist Chet Atkins.|
|Just after 2000, Al joined the faculty of CSU Pueblo as professor of High Brass / Artist in residence (see Al’s official resume here):
And made the move to Pueblo West permanent with wife Paula. There he enjoys watching golfers tee off from the view off his back porch and providing his talents to the southern Colorado area.
|Born into a musical family tradition, Eric Eberhardt began playing the drums before he was a teenager. Eric studied for nearly 10 years under the tutelage of world-class drummer Ken French as well as devoting a considerable amount of time to amassing a VERY large music library. At the age of 16, Eric began playing professionally around the Colorado Springs area with jazz musicians, dance shows, and bar bands, finally becoming the regular drummer for his father’s band at the age of 19. Eric became one of the house drummers for the Broadmoor Hotel as well as a recording specialist with numerous Colorado musicians as a session drummer with FTM studios, Platinum Studios, and Satie Productions in Denver.|
|In his early twenties, Eric developed a passion for teaching children after a successful summer marching band outing teaching the Drum Line for Liberty High School and has been a public educator ever since. Eric has enjoyed playing with various artists including: Broadway sensation
Sal Viviano, Tony award winner Debbie Gravitte, Michael Martin Murphy, Frank Mantooth, Dimitri Wolosyn, Shawn Stanley, Carlos Crull, and as the featured drum set player for The Pueblo Symphony Orchestra.
|Eric began taking over day-to-day operations of The Changing Times in 2003 and has expanded the musical services offered to include DJ work as DJ “MR. E”. A gifted public speaker, Eric has also served as Master of Ceremonies at over 50 wedding functions since 2005.|