BREA — Quite literally, theirs is a harmonious relationship: his and her instruments, his and her practice rooms, his and her daytime teaching gigs.
What's more, for professional musicians Tony and Cindy Ellis, they're on the same sheet of the musical score while playing in the same orchestra.
The married couple and Brea residents are longtime members of the Pacific Symphony. Tony, the second trumpet, has been with the Costa Mesa-based orchestra since 1981. Cindy, the solo piccolo and a flute substitute, joined in 1979.
Both are Southern California natives: Tony, 53, grew up in Anaheim near Disneyland; Cindy (whose age is "younger than Tony") grew up around SoCal before eventually graduating high school in San Clemente. Both received their bachelor's and master's from Cal State Fullerton. It was there they met and became friends.
It wasn't until Tony needed Cindy's help with an English term paper that a relationship bloomed. That's because Tony's request for support included dinner.