Crown City Brass is a newly formed brass quintet from Cortland, NY. Drawing on the talents of musicians from the Central New York area, Crown City Brass performs a variety of music from both classical and popular genres. The group premiered at Cortlandís 2005 Arts in the Park festival.
A native of Vestal, New York, Terry Martens (French horn, trumpet) holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, and a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Binghamton University. She has served as a music teacher in the Johnson City Schools and was band director and music teacher at Windsor High School.
Terry currently plays, principal horn for the Southern Tier Concert Band, and plays in the Cortland Old Timers Band. She has served as assistant conductor and played principal horn with the Vestal Community Band, Additionally, Terry has played with the Bellayre Festival Orchestra, several Community Theater groups and does Free Lance playing in the area. Terry has a passion for chamber music and plays horn with the "Brass Nickel" brass quintet. She currently resides in Cortland, NY and is employed as a business analyst for Security Mutual Life Insurance in Binghamton.
Cheri White (French horn, euphonium)
Mike Poole is a trombonist from Cortland, NY. He received his Bachelorís Degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and is currently working on a Masterís Degree in Music Theory at the University of Buffalo. Mike currently plays in the Cortland Old Timers Band and also organizes instrumental music at St. Maryís Church in Cortland.
Phil Rumsey (trombone)
Bob Smith plays principal euphonium with the Southern Tier Concert Band and is tubist with the Brass Nickel quintet of Binghamton. He has also played tuba and euphonium with the Binghamton Philharmonic Band, the Downtown Singers Brass Ensemble, the Tioghnioga Brass Ensemble, the Chenango Brass, the Binghamton University Brass Ensemble and the Maine and Vestal Community Bands. Each December, Bob coordinates and conducts the annual Binghamton Area TubaChristmas. He conducts the Maine, NY Community Band and is music director and conductor of the Binghamton University Wind Ensemble. A resident of Binghamton, Bob spends much time in Cortland at the home of his partner, Sandra Aloi.
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