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Dave Fromer

Grew up in a folk singing family- family friends included Pete Seeger, Paul Robeson, Studs Terkel, Jean Ritchie, Malvina Reynolds

1964-1966 - sang with folk trio Jonathan, David, and Elbert; recorded an album with Mercury Records on the Philips label accompanied by Glen Campbell on guitar.

Shared billing with tne Beach Boys, John Denver, Lovin' Spoonful and other nationally prominent musicians.

Toured and performed in major concert halls throughout the US with the Henry Mancini Orchestra (Chicago, Houston, Tulsa, South Bend, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, etc.).

Taught music and/ or performed at hundreds of concert and events during the late 60’s through the mid-80’s.

Taught music and performed at many schools including Presidio Hill (SF), Mt. Tamalpais,

Marin Horizon, Marin Primary, Tam Valley, Mountain School, Old Mill School, Marin Waldorf, San Anselmo Preschool, and many more.

Integrated music with soccer camps and classes for the past 35 years (over 75,000 youth)

Taught guitar to many hundreds of children and adults –individual lessons and group classes– through public and private schools and adult community-ed classes

Hired by the SF School District and the Marin County Board of Education to present music workshops--'Songs Children Love'-- for elementary school teachers

Presented music workshops for preschool teachers at the annual conference of

California Association for the Education of Young Children and Annual Conferences of Marin Child Care Council

Performed numerous times with brother, Jon, and son, Reed, at Sweetwater, La Pena (in Berkeley), the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, the Bay Area Library Children's Concert Series, and many other venues

Have been performing annually at the MV Fall Arts Festival Children's Grove for 40 years.

1995 Mill Valley Milley Award recipient with my wife, son, and brother for our family’s contribution to the arts in the community

1996-present – Board Member of the Milley Award Committee organizing the annual October event honoring community members for their contributions to the arts

Recorded a CD of children's music "Shake-a-Hand” in 2005, which has been the recipient of 5 national awards.

July 2013-present – Co-host with wife, Jacki, a weekly Monday night chorus led by Reed at our home in Mill Valley

Reed Fromer

Reed Fromer is a bandleader, an award-winning songwriter, a choir accompanist, and a choral teacher who has inspired thousands of children and adults toward a greater love of music and singing.

- Performed on Bay Area children's TV shows from ages 5-12. Featured guest performer at S.F. Blues Festival at age 10.

- Leader of the Reed Fromer Band, one of Bay Area's strongest small R&B bands, for 27 years.

- Accompanist for gospel choir at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Hunters Point, S.F., for 29 years.

- Member of Freedom Song Network, providing musical support for progressive causes for 35 years.

- Program Coordinator and/or Musical Director for Martin Luther King Day or Black History Month events for grammar schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, and community organizations. (Received 1994 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from Marin Human Rights Commission for educational work on civil rights.)

- Music instructor at Our Lady of Loretto School (Novato), St. Gabriel School (S.F.), and Pacific Art Camp (S.F. Rec summer program) - teaching several thousand children, grades K-8.

- Instructor for adult choirs, A Night Choir on Elm Street (Mill Valley) and the Shady Ladies (Ross).

- Former bandleader for Best Intentions Motown Revue and Kristen McNamara, teen country-pop singer.

- Producer of albums by father and uncle - Dave Fromer's "Shake a Hand" (2006) and Jon Fromer's "Gonna Take Us All (2008)." Producer and performer of tribute album, "Looking for Freedom: A Celebration of the Music of Jon Fromer" (2015).

- Three-time "Song of the Year" winner at Northern California Songwriters' Association annual playoffs. Composed Starting Over for Gregg Allman's "Searching for Simplicity" CD.

- Creator of The Square Planet, book depicting a children's musical theater production (adapted from original "storysong" by Jon Fromer) about diversity and tolerance.

Jon Fromer - 1946 - 2013

Jon Fromer, an award-winning Bay Area television producer and folk musician who tirelessly championed civil and labor rights, died on Jan. 2 at his home in Mill Valley. He was 66.

For years, Jon Fromer produced a variety of programs for KQED-TV, including the science show "Quest" and comedian Will Durst's talk show "The Durst Amendment." He also composed the theme song for "We Do the Work," a PBS series about America's working class.

During his 20-plus-year run at the station, he won several awards, including 13 Northern California Emmys, one national Emmy and two Iris Awards from the National Association of Television Program Executives.

Mr. Fromer also worked at KRON, producing beloved children's programs such as "Git Box Tickle," "Just Kidding" and "Home Turf."

But Mr. Fromer's true passion was making protest music. With his wife, he frequently performed at labor rallies, civil rights demonstrations and even inside prisons.

"He was a fighter for anyone who was maltreated or mistreated," she said.

Mr. Fromer founded the Freedom Song Network, a coalition of Bay Area musicians dedicated to promoting human rights, and performed annually at the School of the Americas Watch Vigil in Fort Benning, a military training base near Columbus, Ga.

In 2011, Mr. Fromer was honored with the Joe Hill Artist Lifetime Achievement Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation.

"I'm probably biased, but he was one of the most powerful singers one could hear," said David Fromer, his brother. "He was rare in his power. When he sang with full force, it felt like the walls of the room were shaking."

Jon Fromer was born on May 11, 1946, in Chicago, to parents Katherine, a schoolteacher, and Irving Fromer, an architectural draftsman. They moved to San Francisco's Richmond District in 1950, where Jon Fromer attended Presidio Hill School. His family had deep roots in folk music and activism, counting Pete Seeger and Studs Terkel as close friends.

At 18, Mr. Fromer took part in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, a trip that reaffirmed his devotion to justice and the power of music.

With his brother, he formed the folk trio Jonathan, David and Elbert. The group released an album, "3 New Guys With New Ideas About Singing," on Mercury Records, touring arenas with Henry Mancini and recording with Glen Campbell.

Mr. Fromer was also an avid soccer player. In 1976 he became an alternate for the U.S. men's soccer team in the Summer Olympics.

The Fromer Family

Reed Fromer

Dave Fromer

Jon Fromer