September 20, 1948 – February 23, 2022
Al Eberhardt, affectionately known as ‘Alpa’, ‘Big Al’, and ‘Mr. Gig’, passed on surrounded by his loving family members in Pueblo, CO after a brief illness.
He was born in St. Louis, MO to Earl and Eva Eberhardt (Duff). He graduated from Maplewood High School in Maplewood, Missouri in 1966, and received his bachelor’s degree in music studies from the University of New Mexico in 1970.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in July 1970. He was stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs with the NORAD Band, and later at the Air Force Academy with the USAFA Band, where he performed with the Moods in Blue, Blue Steel, and led the Brass Quintet. Al retired from the U.S. Air Force in July 1990. Al led his own local band, The Changing Times, which performed regularly at the Broadmoor Tavern and various venues around Colorado. He was known for entertaining audiences by playing two of his trumpets at once. Al produced four albums over the past 25 years, with his final tribute album being Pop-A-Jazz. In addition to performing, he taught private lessons to many students. He was an original member of the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society and the 2010 recipient of their Alice Award. Al served an appointment as artist-in-residence at CSU-Pueblo for 20 years, where he proudly directed the CSU-Pueblo Jazz Band and continued to play with the Changing Times at local venues in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and older brother, Dewey. He is survived by his wife, Paula (Malott) of 51 years, and their three children, Eric (Liesl), Emily Batson (Terrence), and Evan (Kristina), as well as three grandchildren, Ella, Brandon, and Jane. Al touched countless lives through his performances as a professional entertainer. He was larger than life, a great storyteller, and loved to share a hearty laugh. He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends, and his musical legacy will survive to herald his spirit.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022, at 10am at the Shrine of Remembrance at 1730 E. Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. Donations can be made in Al’s name to the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society Jazz Education Fund, P.O. Box 6802, Colorado Springs, CO, 80934.