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.

The Big City Brass
Several times in the past years the Crown City Brass Quintet has combined with another Los Angeles-based group to become the Big City Brass (this ain't no small town sound!). The most recent of these concerts was Sunday Nov. 26, 2006 when the CCBQ combined with the LA Chamber Brass (Jon Lewis & Larry Hall, trumpets, Stephanie O'Keefe, horn, Alex Iles, trombone, Bill Reichenbach, bass trombone) to give a concert at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in North Hollywood. The concert was a fundraiser for Hearts of Music and was conducted by Ken Kugler. The massed quintets plus a few friends played the music of Ewazen , Balmage, and a piece written by and featuring Bill Reichenbach called "Fanfare, Questions and Answers." The CCBQ played "Morning Music" by David Sampson and the LA Chamber Brass played the Verne Reynolds "Suite for Brass Quintet."
Robert Frear - Trumpet
Rob is one of Los Angeles' busiest freelance trumpeters. He has performed as Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Opera Pacific, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, Orange County's Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New West Symphony and others. When the American Ballet Theater, Royal Opera (Covent Garden), Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Stuttgart Ballet, Moscow Classical Ballet, Miami City Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet have toured Southern California he has often been engaged as First Trumpet. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Downey Symphony, Santa Maria Philharmonic, and the Ventura County Festival Orchestra, and was featured soloist on the soundtrack for the film "Today's Life." He is a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the California Philharmonic. Formerly Solo Trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, Rob has received critical acclaim throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, and the former Soviet Union. In a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he played the Haydn Trumpet Concerto to an open-air crowd of over 300,000. He also held the Associate Principal post with the Tucson Symphony and was Guest Principal with the Mälmo, Sweden, Symphony in the spring of 1991. Rob received a Bachelor of Arts (French) degree from California State University Long Beach and a Master of Music (Trumpet Performance) degree from the University of Southern California. He is currently Director of Brass Studies at CSULB.

In addition to trumpet playing, Rob and his mixed-breed rescue dog Simon achieved the "Junior Herding Dog" level from the "American Herding Breed Association" in May 2007. In June Rob rode the Minnesota Multiple Sclerosis Society 150 mile bike ride with his brother, raising over $1200 for the cause. Rob also has a season ski pass for Mammoth Mountain, where he tore his PCL in 1999 yet hasn't lost his zest for the sport.

Marty Fenton Frear - Trumpet
Marty is a California native. She grew up in the North San Diego County town of Fallbrook. After 3 years of high school she was accepted to the University of Redlands and completed her final year of high school concurrently with her first year of college studies. After two years at the U of R, 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. Following graduation, Marty moved to Chicago where she studied with Vincent Cichowitz and Arnold Jacobs. During this time she also performed at the Taos, New Mexico, Music Festival for two years. Upon returning to Los Angeles she became a student of Boyde Hood, and began performing with local symphonies.

As luck would have it, Rob Frear was playing in the newly formed Palm Springs "Desert Symphony" and Marty and he finally met. When Rob got the position of principal trumpet with the Israel Philharmonic there was nothing to do but audition for Zubin Mehta, be added to the sub list for the IPO and move to Israel and marry 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 and she was a prizewinner at the 1991 Keystone Brass Quintet Competition with the Belle Air Brass. She also is the leader of the Beachwood Brass Quintet that plays about 30 educational concerts a year for the Orange Country Philharmonic Society.

As a sideline to trumpet playing, Marty has been the assistant librarian for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for the past 12 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.

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 extensively 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, Riverside, and San Bernardino Symphonies and performs regularly with the Pacific, Opera Pacific, Los Angeles, 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. Recently Sarah performed the world premiere of Peter Ash's Keeper's of the Night with the LA Children's Chorus conducted by Grant Gershon.

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, and South Bay Chamber Music Society's concert series as well as with the Mladi Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to performing, Sarah maintains a private teaching studio with students of all ages and musical levels. Sarah is on the faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Academy of Creative Education, and the Laurel Hall School.

Sarah resides in Glendale with her husband Damon Zick and their beloved dog Bernard.

Andrew Malloy - Trombone
Andrew has lived in Los Angeles for over twenty five years. He is a New Hampshire native and attended the University of Massachusetts where he graduated 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. After living and working in New York City he relocated to Los Angeles where he now 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. These include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as well as the Long Beach Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. He teaches trombone at Cal State University, Northridge and Pepperdine University and is active in the area as a solo recitalist. He has commissioned and premiered Sonata for Trombone and Piano by Stanley Friedman, Fantasy by Lincoln Hanks and Dozeandeeze by Jim Self in a series of three solo recitals in Los Angeles. In November, 2005 work was completed on a solo album, BEST OF FRIENDS, including these new works and other works never published or recorded. The solo CD is available at www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com, and www.hickeys.com. Work is underway on a second CD which will consist entirely of commissions from John Steinmetz, Nick Lane, Bill Reichenbach, Adrienne Albert, Craig Russell and Steve Williams.

In the recording field, Mr. Malloy plays regularly for many well known film composers and has played on hundreds of film soundtracks. In 2005 he played a joint recital with Alex Iles at Cal State, Northridge and with organist Nancy Ackerman in Williamsport, PA. Mr. Malloy also participated in the programs of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. In the fall of 2006 Mr. Malloy performed the Grondahl Trombone Concerto with the Pepperdine Orchestra, premiered two newly commissioned works by John Steinmetz and Nick Lane in recitals in Los Angeles, New Jersey and Connecticut and performed Jack Hayes "Fantasy for Trombone" with the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble in Thousand Oaks, CA.

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).