Principal Bass Trombone
Murray Crewe was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He began his musical studies on piano at the age of five. At the age of twelve he started playing the tuba, adding the tenor trombone at age fifteen. Mr. Crewe switched to bass trombone in 1979 while attending the University of British Columbia and completed his degree in 1982 having studied with Douglas Sparkes, bass trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Back to back grants from the Canada Council for the Performing Arts enabled Mr. Crewe to continue his studies in Chicago for two years, studying with master teachers and performers Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs and Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During his stay in Chicago while studying to become a symphonic bass trombonist Mr. Crewe received extensive exposure to jazz, performing on the Chicago nightclub circuit with veterans of the great big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson, to name a few.
In 1984 Mr. Crewe began his symphonic career, joining the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, in Quebec City. In 1987 he became the first Canadian bass trombonist to win an audition for a major American orchestra, joining the Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City.
In 1989 he joined the Toronto Symphony, performing both in Toronto and around the world before joining the Pittsburgh Symphony in the fall of 1993.
Mr. Crewe has performed and recorded with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Utah, Quebec, Chicago and Vancouver, and has backed up many of the world's most famous artists in both the classical and popular idioms. He maintains an active teaching schedule, having been on the faculties of Weber State College, the University of Toronto and, currently, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Crewe lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Linda and their two children, Ralph and Emilie.