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Ebert Brothers Join Hall of Fame

By Staff | Jul 5, 2017

Photos by Lauren Matthews Shown, from left, are Todd Heslep, Ray Ebert, Pat (Ebert) Heslep, and Gary Ebert.

There is no denying that The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival will have plenty of top-notch Appalachian music on display. However, the festival made sure to offer praise to its own stars. The Wetzel County Museum’s Hall of Fame has welcomed the Ebert Brothers band into its prestigious group. A special induction ceremony was held Friday evening at 5 p.m. A tribute concert followed.

The Ebert Brothers group’s original members included brothers Norbert, Ray, and Gary, along with sister Pat.

The Ebert Brothers’ roots stretch far, but they are currently well-known for shows at the Lincoln Theater.

In 1968, Norbert Ebert put together a variety show to raise funds to help with restoration of the Lincoln Theater, New Martinsville’s community theater. It has become the longest running show of its kind in West Virginia.

Over the years, the shows have been a vehicle to raise money for many people in need, as well as local charities.

Ray Ebert, of the Ebert Brothers Band, speaks at the Wetzel County Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held at Wetzel County Museum. The Ebert Brothers are the third individual/group to be inducted into the museum’s hall of fame.

Norbert Ebert, known was the originator, visionary, and driving force of the group, has passed away. However, when he passed, it was his wish to have the group continue.

During the ceremony Ray Ebert credited family and friends for support of the Ebert Brothers throughout the years. Ebert noted that the family has always been close. He said that the Ebert Brothers would accept the induction in honor of their late parents, and late siblings Barbara Jean, Norbert, Gerald, and Drexel.

This instruments, on loan from the Ebert family, have been used countless times by the Ebert Brothers, during concerts.