For the Love of Music – Janet Bez Ebert ’53

Janet Bez Ebert kept the beat going for the BHS Class of 1953 until her sudden passing in August of this year. Her love of music (she played piano, organ, flute, piccolo among others) and her passion for music education (she taught for 34 years) made her practically a legend among her high school classmates, her music students (she gave private lessons for 68 years) and her Ohio State Alumni Band family.

How do you honor this remarkable individual who was the first woman to march into Ohio Stadium with the OSU Alumni Band and the first woman to conduct the National Anthem in the stadium? We are pleased to announce that the Janet Bez Ebert Memorial Scholarship Endowment will be established with the Bexley Education Foundation and invite any music lovers to make a contribution. Thanks to the generosity of one of Janet’s Bexley classmates, each gift will be matched (up to $10,000). 

The Janet Bez Ebert Memorial Scholarship Fund will honor Dr. Jan’s legacy in the Bexley Schools by supporting a scholarship to a Bexley senior planning to major in music education as well as the annual purchase of beginning band instruments for Bexley elementary students with financial need.  “I know Janet would be thrilled that this scholarship fund will provide the opportunity for more Bexley students to develop a deep love for music from elementary school through to college!” said Andy Johnson, Bexley Bands Director.

To make a contribution of any size to the fund, go online to and choose In Memory of Janet Ebert from the drop down menu. Please feel free to call our office at (614) 338-2093 or email with any questions for more information.