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Currently Browsing: October, 2017

President's Report
As usual, there has been a lot of activity at Local 802 since my last report. First of all, I’m pleased to report that a majority of our endorsed candidates for City Council won their races in the NYC municipal

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Financial Vice President's Report
It has been some months since I wrote a column for Allegro and perhaps I should explain my reticence. I have been pretty uncertain as to what my commentary could add to a very strange environment. In the larger national

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Wende Namkung
As one of the newest members of the Local 802 Executive Board, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I moved to New York after college and two years of playing abroad in Italy. Not being a native

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In our new series, we hear from elected officials about their musical tastes, the music in their district, and what instrument they wish they played! JAMAAL T. BAILEY Senator Jamaal T. Bailey represents Senate District 36, covering the City of

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Member to Member
Cecelia Hobbs Gardner
I have been a working member of Local 802 for 35 years. As with my roles on negotiating committees and my tenure as a long-time Broadway Theatre Committee representative, I have, unfailingly, been invested in the notion that we are

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Paul Austin
What are the most important issues that the classical music industry faces? That was the main focus of the 55th annual International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians conference, which was held this year in Buffalo. Hosted by AFM Local

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E-mail letters to Mikael Elsila or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Local 802. NEW

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How YouTube strips the metadata of creators and why we must fight back
Maria Schneider
Earlier this year, Local 802 member Maria Schneider submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to its study on an important issue to musicians: the right of attribution and what are known as “moral rights.” This article is

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Member to Member
Dan Manjovi
Creating and writing an original musical and bringing it to successful production is a time-consuming – and often arduous – labor of love. Local 802 member Dan Manjovi, a keyboardist, composer and arranger, debuted his original musical, “I Am, I

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Joseph (Joe) McGinty has been placed on the AFM International Unfair List at the request of Local 802 due to his engagement of musicians at rates of pay and under standards and conditions considered unfair and unacceptable in the industry. 

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Harvey Mars is counsel to Local 802. Legal questions from members are welcome. E-mail them to HsmLaborLaw@HarveyMarsAttorney.com. Harvey Mars’s previous articles in this series are archived at www.HarveyMarsAttorney.com. (Click on “Publications & Articles” from the top menu.) Nothing here or

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Times Square concert series comes to a close - but keep your eyes open to apply for 2018
The Times Square concert series came to a close with final performances ending on Sept. 29. Local 802 and the Times Square Alliance’s music series “Broadway Buskers: Out of the Pit” spotlighted nearly 50 different Broadway musicians during the successful

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Musical theatre superfan wins "Hamilton" backstage tour and dinner at Sushi Seki by promoting Broadway musicians
Scoring tickets to “Hamilton” is a coup. But getting a backstage tour remains only a dream to most audience members. Recently, a Broadway superfan got this enviable experience  by winning the grand prize in the Broadway Boosters contest. We wrote

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Pedro Díaz on perseverance, hard work, and his unexpected journey to the top
Pedro Díaz, a member of Local 802 since 1997, is considered one of the top English horn players in the world. A native of Puerto Rico, he received his early musical training at the Escuela Libre de Música, an esteemed

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Photo Feature
Local 802 musicians, officers, staff and supporters marched in the annual labor parade sponsored by the Central Labor Council. This year’s band included (in alphabetical order): Kenny Bentley (sousaphone), Kevin Blancq (bandleader & trumpet), Scott Bourgeois (tenor sax), Mary Cherney

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The 100th anniversary of Dizzy Gillespie's birth is Oct. 21. Local 802 members reminisce about their experience playing with the legendary trumpeter...
I had the pleasure of touring Europe in 1987 for three weeks with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. It was an all-star band, including Jon Faddis, James Moody, Britt Woodman, Jerry Dodgion, Steve Turre, Frank Lacy, Glenn Drewes, Virgil Jones

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JOHN ABERCROMBIE John Abercrombie, 72, the jazz guitarist, died on Aug. 22. He had been a member of Local 802 for almost 20 years. Mr. Abercrombie got his first big break when he was still a student at the Berklee

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Brandford, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Kruvand, Sharman, Suttmann, Assistant to the President Bond. President Gagliardi

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Nancy Vizza
Some people think unions are an anachronism, but Local 802 is anything but that. It is an organization that continues to thrive and support a large community of musicians. I want to be part of an organization that is so

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John Montagna
I’m a bass guitarist and Brooklyn native. I first joined Local 802 in 1999 after landing my first major-label recording session. Within a few years, I was doing classic rock touring gigs almost exclusively, so I resigned from the union

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John Campo (aka Campocat)
I joined Local 802 when I was on tour with Sam Rivers in 1977 and recently rejoined because I believe in unions. Music is my life and I am very serious about it, so naturally the musicians’ union is the

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Brian Donohoe
I joined Local 802 because I believe in the importance of individual artists working together to accomplish feats that are impossible alone. Over-qualified and under-employed artists are exploited constantly throughout the world, and only through collective bargaining can we stand

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Althea Pettigrew
I joined Local 802 because I believe in unions. The importance of a union is to have an organization that believes in you. I’m a Harlemite – born, bred and raised here! I’m a huge fan and supporter of the

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October '17
I started playing the bass in 1950, and in 1952 I was working sporadically with the Teddy Charles trio, with Don Roberts on guitar. Don left for a better paying job, and we were able to get Jimmy Raney to

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