The Crown City Brass Quintet
The Crown City Brass Quintet, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992, has enjoyed a reputation among its audiences for both the brilliant performances of established quintet repertoire and energetic performances introducing new works. Each member has virtuosic skill on their instrument and experience ranging from motion picture soundtracks to some of the finest orchestras and orchestral recordings in the world.
During the summer of 1994 CCBQ premiered ten works for quintet while collaborating with the Pacific Composers Forum and LO CAL Composers. In March of 1999 they gave the West Coast premiere of a new work by Jim Self called "Polka.com". The Crown City Brass Quintet has played an annual concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity and has performed on concert series at many churches and universities throughout southern California.
In the spring of 2001 the group was featured in four concerts at the Ventura Chamber Music Festival in Ventura, CA and premiered "MoMents" by Jim Self, a work for marimba and quintet that was commissioned by the festival. Emmanual Lutheran Church, North Hollywood, selected the quintet as their artists in residence that same year. In 2003 the quintet performed for affiliate groups of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and traveled to Westport, NY for a recital performance. In October of 2004, they performed a recital collaborating with Delores Stevens, piano, and Susan Greenberg, flute, on the series "Chamber Music Palisades" in its eighth season, and in April, 2005 performed two concerts for South Bay Chamber Music, now in it's 42th season. These concerts included Steven Sacco's "Quintet" (the west coast premiere) and Juan J. Colomer's "Los Cinco Mosqueteros", with both of the composers present.
The Crown City Brass Quintet participated in a 4-day mini festival of the music of Eric Ewazen held in San Luis Obispo in June 2005, including a performance of his work "Shadowcatcher" with the Cal Poly wind ensemble. In the same month the quintet appeared for the first time at the Ojai Festival. That August they gave a recital in Westport, N.Y. and in February 2006 gave their first annual "Super Bowl Sunday" concert at United Methodist Church of Pasadena. In May of 2006 the quintet performed at Royce Hall, UCLA for the LA Chamber Orchestra chamber music marathon.
The CCBQ has performed on all of Rob's USC masters recitals and faculty recitals at CSULB. In October 2006 they took over the entire second half of the recital and played "Double Image" by Gernot Wolfgang, "Morning Music" by David Sampson and "Sonatine" by Eugene Bozza.
Robert Frear - Trumpet
Rob Frear is a Professor of Music at California State University Long Beach and a founding member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has performed as Principal Trumpet with almost all the Orchestras, Ballet, and Opera Companies in Southern California over the past three decades.
Formerly Solo Trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, he has received critical acclaim throughout five continents. ?A trumpeter of unparalled stamina? (The Glasgow Herald); ?The Principal Trumpet player delivered his notes with Jedi-like laser focus? (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix). He has performed on the soundtrack of many motion pictures and television shows since 1991.
Rob Frear is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Marty Fenton Frear - Trumpet
Marty is a California native. She grew up in the North San Diego County town of Fallbrook. She graduated from USC, where she was a student of Thomas Stevens. Other important teachers include Arnold Jacobs and Boyde Hood.
Marty has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego, Pasadena and Pacific Symphonies, the San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Los Angeles Opera, Stuttgart Ballet and American Ballet Theater. She has toured with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic.
As a sideline to trumpet playing, Marty has been the assistant librarian for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for the past 23 summers, and is librarian for the Long Beach Symphony. Her other passions include skiing, running & biking, central coast wines, and her pets, including the champion agility dog, Tilson, reading therapy dog, Simon, and agility champion-in-training Pippa.
Sarah Bach - French Horn
A native of West Dundee, IL, Sarah Bach began her formal musical training in Rochester, NY at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Verne Reynolds and Peter Kurau. After graduation she moved to Miami Beach, FL to join the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Sarah received her master?s degree from Rice University studying with William VerMeulen. Since moving to Los Angeles, Sarah has enjoyed an active freelance career. She is a member of the Crown City Brass Quintet, Play Date Horn Octet and performs regularly with the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pacific, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Riverside, Long Beach and Pageant of the Master?s Orchestra/Symphonies. She has toured internationally with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony and can be heard on various recording projects. In addition to being on the faculty at Glendale Community College, Sarah teaches at the Laurel Hall School. She lives with her saxophonist husband Damon, their sons Lincoln and Lewis, and menagerie of pets.
Andrew Malloy - Trombone
Andrew Malloy, a New Hampshire native, attended the University of Massachusetts graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He continued his education at The Juilliard School where he received a Master of Music in Performance. He lives in Los Angeles where he works as an active freelance musician. He performs as a regular member of the Pasadena, Santa Barbara and New West Symphonies and The Crown City Brass Quintet. In addition, he works with most of the leading musical organizations in the Los Angeles area He teaches trombone at Cal State University, Northridge and Masters University in Santa Clarita. Active in the area as a solo recitalist, he commissioned and premiered eleven works for solo trombone and trombone and piano. He has produced a solo album, BEST OF FRIENDS, including these new works and other works never published or recorded. The solo CD is available at www.cdbaby.com and at www.amazon.com. In March, 2012 the CD, PAPER CLIPS was recorded in Boston and released by Parma Recordings on their Navona label, distributed by Naxos. This album is a two CD set consisting entirely of solo works for trombone that he commissioned. He co-produced two successful Christmas CDs, CAROLS FROM THE BELLS, which utilize 16 top LA trombonists to perform arrangements of Christmas carols. These albums were created as a funding resource for The Hearts of Music, a non profit organization formed to assist musicians and their families suffering difficulties due to health issues and related expenses.
He has presented solo recitals at CSUN, Pepperdine University, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and in Washington DC as well as appearing as soloist with the Pepperdine Wind Ensemble, the US Army Band in Washington DC, CSUN Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony and the Beach Cities Symphony. In the recording field, Mr. Malloy has recorded for many well-known film composers and performed on hundreds of film soundtracks. During 2018 he will appear as soloist with ensembles at CSUN and Masters University, the Martha?s Vineyard Chamber Music Society as well as several solo recitals.
In addition to his performance and teaching work, he currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians and is President Emeritus of the Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles, a player conference of the American Federation of Musicians.
Norman Pearson - Tuba
Norman has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra since 1993, is a native of Pasadena California and a Graduate of the University of Southern California. In 1982, prior to Graduation, Mr. Pearson was appointed principal tuba with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas in Caracas Venezuela. Upon his return to Los Angeles he embarked on a free lance career that has included many performances with the Pacific Symphony, Joffrey Ballet, Los Angeles Music Center Opera and recordings for most the major Hollywood motion picture and television studios. Mr. Pearson has also been a featured soloist with several local Bands and orchestras and was a featured soloist at the 1996 International Brassfest. Mr. Pearson can also be heard as a prominent voice on the Los Angeles Philharmonic recording "SENSEMAYA music of SILVESTRE REVUELTAS" (Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor, Sony Classical).