‘Why we joined the union’

Volume 117, No. 4April, 2017

Javier “Javi” Olivencia

I joined Local 802 after I was called to participate in a few sessions with other union musicians and to do sub work on Broadway. I’ve been backing up shows and musical theatre as well as doing recording sessions for a while now. I am very happy that I get to do it now at the highest level. My main instrument is the saxophone; I play soprano, alto, tenor and bari, and can double on flute. I am also an arranger, producer and songwriter. I enjoy the opportunity and challenge of learning and performing different styles of music. I’ve already participated in the Abe Silverman Big Band rehearsals at Local 802, and I’m looking forward to the events, performances and networking opportunities that Local 802 provides.