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E-mail letters to Allegro Editor Mikael Elsila or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Letters must be no more than 300 words. RE: JAMES LEVINE The e-mail sent out regarding James Levine’s suspension

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The following essay was submitted anonymously by a member of Local 802: I want to support Camille Thurman for coming forward and speaking her truth in the December issue of Allegro, and I would like to add my voice to

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NYC has bright lights to offer hope to artists and other workers
I’m sure I am not alone when I report that the relentless bluster and bumbling incompetence – plus a healthy dose of malevolence – emanating daily, even hourly at times, from Washington, D.C. leaves me frequently exhausted and a bit

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Pianist Joanne Brackeen, a member of Local 802 since 1966, has earned the prestigious NEA Jazz Master designation this year. Whatever the musical setting – whether solo, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet – Brackeen’s unique style of playing commands attention.

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ALL LS-1 CONTRACTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JAN. 15, 2018 FOR THE BENEFIT PERIOD THAT BEGINS MARCH 11, 2018 Only teaching (private and institutional) and/or solo, live engagements performed between July 1 and December 31, 2017 can be reported on

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Our elected officials sound off about their musical tastes, the music in their district…and what instrument they wish they played! RUBEN DIAZ JR. Ruben Diaz Jr. is serving his third term as Bronx Borough President, during which time he has

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CARLINA RIVERA Councilmember Carlina Rivera is a Democrat representing District 2, comprising the neighborhoods of the East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill and Rose Hill in Manhattan. First elected in November 2017, Carlina has quickly

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As negotiations approach, all classical musicians are invited to a forum on May 9 at Local 802
For classical orchestral musicians with long memories, 1986 stands as a pivotal year in our history. That year, we went out on strike against the coalition of orchestras, then identified as OMNY, which were signatories to the umbrella collective bargaining

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Bandleader signs a union contract with Local 802: musicians will enjoy protections, benefits and more
Almost a year ago, the Organizing Department received a call from an enthusiastic Local 802 member who wanted to see how he could get the work of his ensemble covered by an 802 contract. That member was Steven Behnke, and

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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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Meet the Roxy Coss Quintet, winners of Local 802's first $40K Emerging Artists Project grant
The Roxy Coss Quintet is the winner of Local 802’s inaugural Emerging Artists Project grant. This groundbreaking four-year award was designed to support emerging ensembles in New York City as well as further efforts to ensure that all professional musicians

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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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The Women’s March on NYC brought together musicians, activists and New Yorkers of all kinds. Below are the thoughts of several Local 802 members about why they marched… We marched for women and all people. We marched for a more

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Steven Behnke
Horn player and Local 802 member Steven Behnke recently signed an agreement that provides union wages and benefits to his musicians in the Patriot Brass Ensemble (see story). Below, Behnke explains why he did it. There is no more affordable

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Dave Fallo
As I sat in heavy traffic on my way home from work this past Friday, unconsciously feathering the clutch in my car as I crawled up the FDR at six miles an hour (I’m one of the last holdouts in

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Five useful concepts for a more diverse and inclusive orchestra
Almost 25 years ago, more than 100 leaders from every facet of the field put forth a bold vision: An American orchestra should be “responsive to and inclusive of its community” and “representative of the cultural and racial diversity of

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RODNEYSE BICHOTTE Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte is a Democrat representing District 42, which includes the communities of Ditmas Park and Flatbush in Brooklyn. First elected in 2013, Assemblymember Bichotte is the first Haitian-American woman elected to office in New York City

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Sara Cutler
Local 802 is very pleased to report that the Emerging Artists Project continues to move toward selecting our first awardee. The jurors have finished their work rating 52 groups of musicians who perform all styles of music. The level of

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Musicians at Work
Each time a Broadway show goes up, it also records a soundtrack under a union contract. Allegro photographer Walter Karling got access to the recent cast album recording session of “Mean Girls” at the Power Station, which was contracted by

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Our elected officials sound off about their musical tastes, the music in their district…and what instrument they wish they played! RAFAEL ESPINAL Councilmember Rafael Espinal represents District 37 in Brooklyn, comprising the neighborhoods of Cypress Hills, Bushwick, City Line, Ocean

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The following bylaw amendment will be proposed and voted on at the Membership Meeting on June 6th at 5:00pm in the Local 802 Club Room: CURRENT LANGUAGE: Article III, section 5: (a)…A further portion of the amount thus collected by

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Musicians at Work
Local 802 musicians performed an incredible live broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on NBC on April 1 (Easter Sunday) at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, starring John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, Norm Lewis, Ben Daniels, Jason

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A year ago, I wrote an article in Allegro called “When It Comes to Trump, Time Will Tell,” which detailed some of my concerns about the impending Trump presidency. Rather than enumerate all issues that worried me, I chose to

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Local 802's record of standing up against racism
Jacob Goldberg
As we celebrate Black History Month this year, we gain insights – and perhaps some inspiration – from the union’s history. In 1939, Marian Anderson, one of the great opera singers of her decade, attempted to stage a concert at

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Member to Member
Marvin Moschel
Like millions of other American workers, I am horrified by the tax law passed by the Republicans and I hope we can elect a Democratic congress this year. The Democratic Party must fight more effectively against the new tax law.

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I feel incredibly fortunate to work on projects that strike that special chord in me, the one that compels me to dive wholeheartedly into a record without any hesitation, happily putting in countless hours as I strive to make the

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The Broadway Green Alliance
Earth Day is held every year on April 22 and it is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. On this day, individuals, communities and politicians come together to fight to reduce our global environmental impact. Since the

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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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Broadway veteran John Monaco reflects on his rich musical life and gives advice to the next generation
interview by Bob Pawlo
  John Monaco, a member of Local 802 since 1949, is a veteran of musical theatre. He has served as the musical coordinator for close to 75 Broadway musicals and played guitar and banjo on 40 more. An admirer of

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Joe McCarthy
I had temporarily left Local 802 after I went on the first national tour of “The Bodyguard: The Musical.” Now I’m happy to be back in New York and rejoining Local 802. My musical goal in NYC is to create

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Local 802 members give tips and insights to the next generation of theatre musicians
Sean Millman
Passing the torch from one generation to the next is one of the most sacred duties an artist can fulfill, and that’s what Local 802 members do each year at the NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar. The deadline to apply is

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The Immigrant Arts Coalition, an activism support group composed of New York City cultural organizations (including Local 802), recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump about the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s decision to adjust its mission statement. The

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David Finck's musical journey is still taking him in new directions
interview by Bob Pawlo
  Music can only be described with words, but for David Finck, a member of Local 802 since 1981, music is a language all its own. “I hear music as a spoken language,” he says. “When I listen, I’m conscious

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Katreese Barnes is always searching, always growing, and always staying on top
Interview by Bob Pawlo
Not many musicians can say in one lifetime that they’ve sung background for Sting, played saxophone for D’Angelo, and served as the pianist and music director for “Saturday Night Live.” If you don’t know Katreese Barnes by name, you certainly

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Joe Pino
I joined Local 802 to play “Elf: The Musical” at Madison Square Garden, which was also my favorite recent gig. My musical goal in New York City is to play in an orchestra on a Broadway show. My principal instrument

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Marc Malsegna
I joined Local 802 so I could start doing work as a sub in the pits on Broadway. I have been working as a guitarist/violinist for various pop artists, and performing and working as a session musician. Lately I have

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The Writing/Composing team of Aryanna Garber and Benjamin Velez are the winners of the Weston Playhouse Theatre’s 12th annual New Musical Award for their musical “Borderline.” The only award of its kind in the country, the Weston New Musical Award

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Kim Roberts Hedgpeth
The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund collects money for musicians. Specifically, when a musician provides services for a film, TV show or new media project under an AFM union contract, we identify, track and collect residuals for the use of

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The future of public sector unions is in the hands of the Supreme Court
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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Greg Minniefield
I re-joined Local 802 because it’s the backbone of my livelihood. Along with making it easy to get paid, the union stimulates my career. I started music at the early age of three, and it’s still the key factor in

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Migiwa Miyajima
I joined Local 802 after I recently recorded my first CD here in the U.S. My musical goal is to become a true bridge between NYC and my home country of Japan, where my nickname was the “bravest jazz musician”

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Legal Corner
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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The Broadway League finds that more young people are buying tickets to shows than ever before
Who actually attends a Broadway show? That’s the question that the Broadway League attempts to answer each year when it releases its annual demographics report. The latest report finds that  more New Yorkers attended a Broadway show than in any

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Rebekah Griffin Greene
After 17 years of teaching and playing in New York City, I finally got a chance to shine a little brighter when I started subbing on “Phantom of the Opera” in late November. Local 802 is a fantastic network and

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Brian Prunka
I was a member of AFM Local 174-496 when I lived in New Orleans, and I joined Local 802 when I became involved with the new Broadway show “The Band’s Visit.” Though my background is in jazz guitar, these days

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MET Orchestra Musicians play a 'musical read-aloud' joined by special guest Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Live music sounds best when it’s shared. In late January, members of the MET Orchestra were joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at the New York Public Library’s Harry Belafonte Branch in Harlem to perform a free “Musical Read-Aloud”

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Billy Joe Kiessling
I joined Local 802 to stay protected as a professional musician. My musical goal in NYC is to perform again as an actor/musician on Broadway. One of my favorite recent gigs was being a part of the original Broadway company

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Cherry Choi Tung Yeung
I joined Local 802 because I am pursuing more and more professional opportunities. For instance, I recently had the chance to play with the New York Philharmonic. I auditioned for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy last year and was

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For most musicians, achieving a successful career is about setting goals and accomplishing them – mastering an instrument and perfecting your craft, creating positive momentum in your career, and attaining a certain level of employment or professional status. When the

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Evie Dolan
I joined Local 802 when I was cast in the role of Katie (the bassist) in “School of Rock” on Broadway. The kids in the band joined Local 802 because we were both actors and musicians. I love playing gigs

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Lewis Porter
I’m a jazz pianist, keyboardist, composer, jazz author and educator. I grew up in the Bronx and have many, many connections with Local 802. I am friends with probably hundreds of members. I conducted a workshop at Local 802 with

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. E-mail letters to Allegro or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th

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JOSEPH CIPRIANO Joseph Cipriano, 91, an alto saxophonist who also played clarinet, flute and piccolo, died on Dec. 24. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1951. Mr. Cipriano was born in Philadelphia but his family moved to

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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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JESSE SPARKS At 12 years old, Jesse Sparks is the youngest member of Local 802. Allegro recently caught up with him and asked him about his path in music so far. Here’s what he told us. I joined Local 802

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Rosanne Soifer
I recently remembered this long-ago encounter, a blind date whose memorable line to me was, “I never met a musician before!” I thought Allegro readers would enjoy it. Picture the scenario. The car ride to the restaurant resembles a cutesy

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Local 802 musicians have been busier than ever. On this page, we present photos of our members performing recent union gigs around the area. And remember – anytime you’re called to play a job, make a confidential call to Local

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Local 802's new referral site
  It’s like making your own website for FREE! Local 802’s new online musician referral directory at www.NewYorkMusicians.com gives you the opportunity to create or enhance your digital presence. Promote your services on two different profile pages. Create an individual

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Guest Commentary
Laura McQuade
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. This anniversary also marks a year of groundswell organizing across the country with people showing support for the health, rights, and

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Richard Scott
I rejoined Local 802 to be to be a part of the NYC music scene and support fellow musicians. I was also encouraged to join because of the late guitarist Ronny Jordan, a fellow Local 802 member who was known

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TOM MCINTOSH Tom McIntosh, 90, a trombonist, composer, arranger and conductor, died on July 26, 2017. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1956. Mr. McIntosh studied at the Peabody Conservatory before serving in the 427th Army Band,

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October 3, 2017
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 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 Dougherty, Garnett, Hyde, Namkung, Sharman, Suttmann. Minutes from September 26, 2017 reviewed. Executive Board

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Open up your mind Let your fantasies unwind in this darkness which you know you cannot fight the darkness of the music of the night. – Andrew Lloyd Weber, “The Phantom of the Opera” Andrew Lloyd Weber’s global phenomenon “The

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Each year, as the tax season approaches, Allegro publishes these updated tax tips for musicians provided by Local 802’s accounting firm, Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp P.C. The new Tax Act passed by Congress this year will affect 2018 tax returns

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Joe Exley
I’ve been a full-time musician for 20 years so I figured it was about time to join the union. The logistics and business “behind the notes” gets increasingly complex and intense, so we gotta stick together. My musical goal in

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Let’s face it,  many relationships formed in this profession come and go. I’m sure this rings true for those reading this. But I am so very thankful for the blessing and eternal joy of knowing guitarist Chuck Loeb, who died

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Write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036, or send by e-mail contact form. Letters must be no more than 300 words. COMMENT ON THE PENSION FUND This 86-year-old has been receiving the same never-increasing

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Krisztina Kiss
I joined Local 802 after I was advised by many colleagues to join the union. I have been lucky enough to meet and play with many top musicians of New York City, and I would like to meet and play

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August 15, 2017 - September 26, 2017
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:04 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Brandford, Garnett, Sharman, Suttmann, Assistant to the President Bond. Minutes from August 8, 2017

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Julie Lawrence
I joined Local 802 to connect with other like-minded musicians in New York and contribute to the thriving arts scene here. I’ll be graduating with my DMA soon, so now is a good time to join. My passion is playing

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Feature Interview
Interview by Bob Pawlo
It’s not simply his abundant virtuosity that has made Christian McBride the most in-demand bassist of his generation. McBride, a member of Local 802 since 1993, consistently combines his deft musicianship with an innate ability to communicate his enthusiasm to

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Jonny Byers
I joined Local 802 after I started performing in “Farinelli and the King” on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. This has certainly been a career highlight: baroque cello on Broadway! I’m a member of the British musicians’ union back in

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Nick Wilders
I joined Local 802 after I was hired as the associate conductor/keys 2 player for the second national tour of “Jersey Boys.” I’m currently traveling North America with a dynamic group of performers, crew members and management. My favorite thing

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Local 802 joins new Immigrant Arts Coalition; theatre rep Marlena Fitzpatrick García elected president
The Immigrant Arts Coalition, an alliance of New York City cultural organizations, has unveiled an agenda aiming to recognize the important and ongoing contributions of immigrant artists and arts organizations representing America’s diverse cultural mosaic. Local 802 theatre rep Marlena

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Two Local 802 members are connected in an incredibly special way
April is national organ donation month, and it’s a fitting time to remember an amazing connection between two Local 802 members. We’ll let them tell their story themselves. Meet Deryck Clarke and Mike Sayre… PART I: BY DERYCK CLARKE “I’m

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Rene X Valentine
I joined Local 802 after many years of wanting to join. Some of my friends are members and have only wonderful things to say about the union. My musical goal is to continue to perform and record as much as

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Tim Wiencis
I am proud to say that I am now a member of Local 802. My musical friends have described how they’ve benefited over the years from their association with the union – including being listed in the Local 802 directory

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Drummer Sherrie Maricle does it all
Interview by Bob Pawlo
Sherrie Maricle, a member of Local 802 since 1988, is a top bandleader, music director, composer, arranger and percussionist. From the drum set, Maricle leads three incarnations of her DIVA groups: the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the DIVA Jazz Trio, and

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EDWARD BIRDWELL Ed Birdwell, 81, a French hornist and a member of Local 802 since 1961, died on Jan. 26. Mr. Birdwell came to the French horn as a would-be trumpet player facing stiff competition in his hometown Texas high

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MARIO ESCALERA Mario Escalera, 77, a saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist, died last Dec. 1, 2017. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1984. Mr. Escalera was born in Cuba, migrated to Puerto Rico and eventually settled in the

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I joined Local 802 to pursue more performance work in Manhattan. Formerly a member of Local 16 in Paterson, New Jersey, I’ve been working more recently at the Manhattan School of Music pre-college program as a collaborative pianist and assistant

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Peter Douskalis
I joined Local 802 because I had the amazingly fortunate opportunity to sub on the Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen.” I love to make music that inspires people as well as incites progress and radical change for social justice through

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Improve endurance and stop masking performance pain!
Tamar Shapiro
The Actors Fund is your one-stop shop for almost any kind of service you can imagine. We offer counseling – both one-on-one and in groups – as well as information on all kinds of social services, including health insurance, housing,

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The Musicians’ Voice is an open forum for discussion about the state of union affairs. The letters here do not necessarily express the views of Local 802. Send letters to the editor or write to Allegro, Local 802, 322 West

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Reminiscences
Gary Solomon
I am deeply saddened to share with you the passing of my father, Murray Solomon. He died on April 5 at the age of 91 after being a member of Local 802 since 1943. Known in the industry as “Doc”

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After spending 12 years in the nonunion freelance music world, I finally joined “Eight Oh Two” – three words one hears a lot traveling around the country, which is how I’ve spent the past six years of my life, touring

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Eli Chalmer
I moved back to NYC in January 2017 after playing trombone in the show band on a short cruise ship contract. Before that, I had a full-time non-music career for eight years. I had been playing professionally on the side

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My tribute to Peter Duchin
Roberta Fabiano
When I first started out in the club date field, there were a lot of club date offices in and around the New York area. My goal was to work with the top of the line, the best of the

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:06 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Dougherty, Hyde, Namkung, Suttmann. Minutes from October 31, 2017 reviewed. It was moved and

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December 10, 2017 - January 23, 2018
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017 Meeting called to order at 11:02 a.m. by Financial Vice President Olcott. Present: Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Namkung, Sharman, Suttmann, Chief of Staff Carroll. President Gagliardi absent. Minutes from

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I  rejoined Local 802 upon returning to NYC after living in Virginia for 12 years, six years of which I was teaching flute and chamber music at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. My musical goal in NYC is to

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Daniel Linden
I originally joined Local 802 when I moved to NYC from Boston, after another musician recommended I sign up. At the time, I had few connections but knew I wanted to be a part of the diverse and exciting musical

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ERNIE ACQUISTO Ernie Acquisto, 95, a bassist and a member of Local 802 since 1946, died on Oct. 27. Mr. Acquisto learned to play bass from his brother John. By 17, he was playing with jazz bands in Harlem and

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The following bylaw amendment will be proposed and voted on at the membership meeting on June 6 at 5pm in the Local 802 Club Room. (Admission to meeting by paid-up membership card only.) NEW LANGUAGE IS UNDERLINED: Article III, section

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The following bylaw amendment will be proposed and voted on at the membership meeting on June 6 at 5pm in the Local 802 Club Room. (Admission to meeting by paid-up membership card only.) NEW LANGUAGE IS UNDERLINED: Article III, section

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January '18
I usually have my car radio set to one of the two jazz radio stations in the New York City area. The music seems ageless, but the disc jockeys seem to be getting younger and younger. I suppose some of

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February '18
This note from Local 802 member Sarah Seiver was published in the New York Times “Metropolitan Diary” in December: Dear Diary, When I was born, my brother thought I looked like a doll. He nicknamed me Dolly. It stuck. My

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Eric Shumsky
The music world lost a beloved concert violinist, pedagogue and humanitarian on Jan. 10. Shirley Givens, 87, had been a member of Local 802 since 1953. She was known throughout the music world for her great work teaching generations of

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I started learning songs when I was still in my infant crib, and I’m still at it at the age of 90. Lately I’ve noticed that I don’t remember the bridges of some of the earliest ones, but I do

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May 2018
Gil Evans developed his composing and arranging chops back in the late 1940s writing for the Claude Thornhill band. I’ve always loved an instrumental arrangement he did for Claude of a ballad by John Benson Brooks called “The Happy Stranger.”

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October 10, 2017 - October 31, 2017
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 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 Burridge, Cutler, Garnett, Hyde, Namkung, Sharman.  Minutes from October 3, 2017 reviewed. It was

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Roger Blanc
On Jan. 31, the New York chapter of the RMA held its annual beeting in the Local 802 Club Room from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Among those in attendance were Pat Varriale, the head of the AFM Electronic Media

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March '18
I met Teddy Wilson when I joined the Benny Goodman band in 1962 for a tour of the Soviet Union, with a warm-up week beforehand at the Seattle World’s Fair. During that first week, Benny decided he needed a more

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