Greg's repair skills training began at thirteen years of age when he studied how to repair bicycles, starting by completely overhauling his own 10-speed, then continuing with others in his family. He also began to work on one of his father's cars, then moved on to his own vehicles at nineteen. By the time he was 30, he had pulled three engines and rebuilt two of them, converted an automatic car to manual, rebuilt a manual transmission, rebuilt various brake and heater systems and carburetors, and changed out virtually everything cars are made of, among all other aspects of auto maintenance.
His instrument repair life began as an eighteen-year-old when he completely dismantled and repaired his Conn alto saxophone on his mother's kitchen table, creating a very playable instrument using rubber bands (to replace broken springs) and masking tape (for various adjustments). His fellow college jazz ensemble students learned of this and suddenly he was repairing multiple instruments. A year later he sent his Cigar Cutter Selmer alto saxophone to Emilio Lyons in Boston, considered by many to be the finest repairman in the world, for an overhaul. After studying Mr. Lyons handiwork, Greg was soon face-to-face with him in his store asking questions about his methods and requesting further refinements of certain repairs. Mr. Lyons then started asking Greg questions about how he learned what he knew, saying in his thick Italian accent, "You have eye for this."
After moving to Boulder in 1989, Greg bought out the woodwind tools and supplies of a repair shop going out of business and deepened his knowledge of repair methods by studying the texts: Band Instrument Repairing Manual, by Erick D. Brand; Practical Band Instrument Repair Manual, by Clayton H. Tiede; A Guide To Repairing Woodwinds, by Ronald Saska; A Clarinetist's Notebook: Care and Repair, by Robert Schmidt; and The Complete Guide to Flute and Piccolo, by J. James Phelan. He has also studied countless articles published in TechniCom, a periodical by NAPBIRT (The National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians) and consulted in person with many repair technicians throughout the country. After years of overhauling all of his own instruments and those of his friends, he finally hung out his shingle in 2000, serving the Boulder/Denver musicians ever since.
As an accomplished woodwind player, Greg knows how to "get it right" in his repair shop. He enjoys the challenges, the problem solving, setting instruments up to the preferences of the owners, as well as meeting the financial constraints of his clients.
As a woodwind specialist, Greg has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, The Temptations, The Four Tops, the Boulder Philharmonic, Rita Moreno, Barry Manilow, the Opera Orchestra of Albuquerque, Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Kai Eckhardt, Ty Burhoe, Bill Douglas, and his pianist mother, Patricia LaLiberte, in the LaLiberte Duo. He has won several competitions with the National Flute Association, is recorded on many CD’s as a sideman, and performs regularly throughout Colorado and the Midwest as a classical, jazz, and Brazilian musician. Formerly Greg was the Instructor of Flute at Colorado State University and Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Colorado, Denver, as well as a year as Interim Flute Instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He founded the Boulder Samba School and the Colorado Brazil Fest, as well as co-founded the Boulder-based Brazilian band, Ginga. He performs on flute, saxophones, clarinet, oboe, vocals, and Brazilian percussion. He is a composer of jazz and Brazilian music and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, and most of a Doctorate of Music degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
In Colorado, he has performed at virtually all of the significant venues including Boettcher Hall, Fiddlers Green, Red Rocks, Chautauqua, Dazzle Jazz, Oriental Theater, Boulder Theater, Fox Theater, Macky Auditorium, Pepsi Center, Longmont Jazz Festival, Colorado Brazil Fest, Vail Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, etc.
Greg LaLiberte Studios
Greg LaLiberte has been a private music teacher for 38 years. Besides serving as Interim Flute Instructor at CU Boulder, Flute Instructor at Colorado State University, and Saxophone Instructor at the University of Colorado, Denver, he founded the winds program at Boulder's Shining Mountain Waldorf School, and founded the Boulder Samba School. He has also worked extensively as a private and group instructor in many public schools in the Albuquerque, NM and Boulder, CO school systems, elementary through high school. He was also the woodwind instructor at New Mexico's Hummingbird Music Camp, and the lead instructor at the Boulder Summer Jazz Camp. He has led many master classes at colleges in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Arizona.
Greg has an ongoing private music studio in Boulder where he teaches passionate students of all ages and levels. Many of his former students are now accomplished professional musicians locally and nationally and many others have found success in amateur groups or in their school ensembles. He adapts to all learning styles and helps his students progress at their own pace and in the ways that inspire them.
You can learn to read music or play by ear, to memorize, to improvise, to compose, to play in a band, to win an audition, or to play a piece you never thought possible to learn, etc.