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
CSULB Director of Brass Studies Rob Frear continues to be in demand throughout the country as a trumpet player. His recently released CD In the Big City is receiving rave reviews both in the U.S. and abroad. In October 2009 and May-July of 2010 he toured North America as Principal Trumpet for Star Wars: A Musical Journey. A member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, he has performed as Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, Orange County?s Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, San Diego Symphony Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Opera (Covent Garden), and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.
Formerly Solo Trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, he has received critical acclaim throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, and the former Soviet Union. He has performed on the soundtrack of more than 60 motion pictures, including the recent blockbuster Avatar.
Rob Frear is a Yamaha performing artist and plays on mouthpieces by Gary Radtke.
Marty Fenton Frear - Trumpet
Marty is a California native. She grew up in the North San Diego County town of Fallbrook. After two years at the University of Redlands, where she was a winner in the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition and performed as a soloist both at the Redlands Bowl and with the Redlands Symphony, she transferred to USC, where she was a student of Thomas Stevens and was on the Dean's List.
Rob and Marty met in the newly formed Palm Springs "Desert Symphony." When Rob got the position of principal trumpet with the Israel Philharmonic she auditioned for Zubin Mehta and was added to the sub list for the IPO and moved to Israel and married Rob. They were in Israel for 4 years, and escaped just two days before the first Gulf War in 1991. While in Israel Marty performed with the IPO, on tours and on recordings, plus the Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheva symphonies.
Back in Los Angeles as a freelance musician, 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.
As a sideline to trumpet playing, Marty has been the assistant librarian for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for the past 17 summers, and frequently does special projects for the Los Angeles Philharmonic music library. Her other passions include skiing, running & biking, central coast wines, and her pets, including the champion agility dog, Tilson and reading therapy dog, Simon.
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. During her three year tenure with the orchestra she toured throughout Europe and North America, recorded on the RCA Victor Label, and was an active participant in the orchestra's community outreach program. Sarah received her master's degree from Rice University where she studied with William VerMeulen. While in Houston, Sarah performed with the Houston, San Antonio and Kansas City Symphonies as well as the Houston Grand Opera. Other teachers Sarah has studied with include John Cerminaro, Bruce Henniss, Randall Faust and Ethel Merker.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Sarah has enjoyed an active freelance career. She is a member of the Santa Barbara and Riverside Symphonies and performs regularly with the Pacific, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Redlands, and Pasadena Pops Symphonies/Orchestras. In the spring of 2006 Sarah participated in the Pacific Symphony's European Tour concertizing in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Besides her involvement with the Crown City Brass Quintet, Sarah enjoys playing chamber music in a variety of settings throughout Southern California. She has performed on the Project Accidental, Zebulon Project at Boston Court, Mansions and Music, Art Night Pasadena, Chamber Music Palisades, South Bay Chamber Music Society, and the Schoolhouse Music Series?.
In addition to performing, Sarah maintains a private teaching studio with students of all ages and musical levels. Sarah is on the faculty of Glendale Community College and the Laurel Hall School.
Sarah resides in Burbank with her husband Damon Zick and their sons Lincoln and Lewis.
Andrew Malloy - Trombone
Andrew Malloy, a New Hampshire native, attended the University of Massachusetts where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and The Juilliard School where he received a Master of Music in Performance. He performs as a regular member of the Pasadena, Santa Barbara, 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. These include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as well as the Long Beach Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He teaches trombone at Cal State University, Northridge and Pepperdine University. Active in the area as a solo recitalist, he commissioned and premiered eleven works for solo trombone and trombone and piano. He has produced two solo albums, BEST OF FRIENDS and PAPER CLIPS. The solo CDs are available at Itunes, www.cdbaby.com and at www.amazon.com. He co-produced a successful Christmas CD, CAROLS FROM THE BELLS, which utilizes 16 top LA trombonists to perform arrangements of Christmas carols which is also available at CD Baby. In the recording field, Mr. Malloy plays regularly for many well-known film composers and has played on hundreds of film soundtracks.
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, a local comprised of approximately 8,000 members and as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Musicians Association.
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).