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President's Report
  Throughout my campaign for president, I stressed that to become a stronger union we all need to openly acknowledge the daunting challenges we face: a declining union membership, less work under contract, an entire younger generation of musicians who

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Presiden't Report
As our administration took office on Jan. 2, we knew there would be a certain amount of disarray at 802, given the way it has been managed in the past nine years. The prior administration left us with a budget

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President's Report
Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. One new milestone for women at 802 came through the recent election. Membership voted in 11 women

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President's Report
Thanks to all the Local 802 musicians who came to the first membership meeting of the new administration on Feb. 27! The room was packed with well over 100 members – not only did we reach a quorum, but we

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President's Report
In mid-April, well over 150 Local 802 musicians stood together at Dante Park, directly across from Lincoln Center, to demonstrate solidarity with their colleagues on strike at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A group of 30 brass musicians from the Metropolitan

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President's Report
Happy summer to all! I’m happy to report that Local 802, the Broadway League and the coordinated bargaining partners have entered into a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. The deal features the largest wage increase in the past two decades,

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President's Report
It’s been a busy nine months in office. We stabilized the 802 Health Plan, negotiated a new Broadway contract with the largest economic gains 802 has seen in decades, restored fiscal responsibility to 802’s budget, re-energized organizing, moved decisively on

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Financial Vice President's Report
To the Musicians of Local 802: I am truly humbled and honored to be your next financial vice president. Our new administration received an unambiguous mandate for change from you, the members, and we take that responsibility very seriously. I

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Organizing Victories
After 11 months of negotiation following a years-long process to have their union recognized, the 18 accompanists at the Kaufman Music Center have voted unanimously to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement. “Accompanists needed an identity and a voice,” said

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Financial Vice President's Report
The first few months of our new administration have been both exciting and challenging. Although many of my new duties as vice president are a continuation of the same responsibilities I had as a business rep – albeit enhanced –

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Local 802 is thrilled to announce that Director of Organizing and Field Services Joy Winkler will be transitioning into a new role as Chief of Staff. As you may remember from her introductory article in the July 2018 issue of

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Each month in Allegro, we report on new or renewed Local 802 contracts that protect musicians with guaranteed union wages and benefits: The Palm Restaurant Group, which operates establishments in over 20 cities in the U.S. and Mexico, signed a

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Each month in Allegro, we report on new or renewed Local 802 contracts that protect musicians with guaranteed union wages and benefits. Financial Vice President Karen Fisher recently negotiated a successor collective bargaining agreement between Local 802 and New York

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Financial President's Report
As you will see from the financial statements (beginning on page 36 of the paper edition of Allegro), 2018 left us with a year-end deficit of $646,000. Even though revenues from work dues increased, it was not enough to offset

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DCINY musicians overwhelmingly vote UNION YES
  DCINY MUSICIANS OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE UNION YES Over the past 11 years, DCINY has operated as a producer and presenter of music at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. For many of their choral concerts, DCINY assembles choirs of amateur singers

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Recording Vice President's Report
Happy New Year to you all, and what a past year it has been! Local 802 has a brand-new administration taking office this month after a hotly-contested election campaign that seemed to dominate all conversation and our members’ social networks.

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Organizing Victories
Amazing news: the musicians who perform in musical productions at Babylon Village’s new Argyle Theatre have unionized with Local 802! On Jan. 11, Argyle management signed a voluntary recognition agreement with the union. So, what exactly does that mean? And

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Women's History Month
The Women of 802 Committee
We are pleased to announce the formation of a new committee, Women of 802. Our mission is to recognize and channel the power and leadership skills of the women-identifying members of 802 by promoting networking, fostering specific support, and increasing

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Financial Vice President's Report
Over the past decade, musicians in New York City have been deeply impacted by the collapse of several freelance orchestras. The once prolific and acclaimed Brooklyn Philharmonic (1954-2012) and the Long Island Philharmonic (1979-2016) are both extinct, as are the

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Four bylaw resolutions will be proposed at the next Local 802 membership meeting on June 26 at 5 p.m. See back cover for official announcement of this meeting. The exact wording of the resolutions are printed in this issue on

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Live music in Broadway plays
Broadway musicals are an important backbone of NYC theatre, but recently two Broadway plays have also featured the magic of live music, hiring Local 802 musicians under a union contract. Above, composer Philip Glass in the recording studio looks over

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...for the benefit period that begins SEPT. 1, 2019
ALL LS-1 CONTRACTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 15, 2019 FOR THE BENEFIT PERIOD THAT BEGINS SEPT. 1, 2019 Only teaching (private and institutional) and/or solo, live engagements performed between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2019 can be reported on

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Tino Gagliardi and Tom Olcott
It’s with mixed emotions that I write my last formal column for Allegro as president of Local 802. First, I would like to congratulate Adam Krauthamer, Karen Fisher and the whole Musicians for Change slate, who will now fully constitute

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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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Mentoring the next generation is one of the most satisfying tasks for our members. Local 802 musicians who perform with Orchestra Long Island recently presented a student mentorship/in-school performance and instructional program called Performance Partners. Musicians were paid under a

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Letters to the editor
ROCK AND ROLL WAS NOT THE ENEMY To the Editor: On May 6, Rolling Stone published an article – “There’s a Musician’s Union. Many Musicians Are Unaware – or Unable to Join” – by Elias Leight, which Local 802 later

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Listening to Rachel Z and Omar Hakim
Todd Bryant Weeks
They met on the club scene years ago. They recorded together sporadically over the years and occasionally shared the same bandstand. But they likely never imagined they’d end up together – and yet ten years into their relationship, Rachel Z

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The Broadway League recently revealed its annual demographics report about Broadway audiences. The information below comes from the League’s press release, and it’s a fascinating and important look at who is attending Broadway shows these days. The League compared current

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Musicians at “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish” cheer the benefits of a Local 802 union contract
Peter Saleh
There is a certain sobriety that sets in after a few years of being a professional musician in New York City. You learn to pick your battles and let some of the little stuff go, but still ultimately stand up

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Guest Commentary
Georgia Stitt
Since I moved to New York City and joined Local 802 in the late 90s, I have made my living in the musical theater as a pianist, pit musician, associate conductor, conductor, music director, music supervisor, transcriber, arranger, vocal coach,

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Announcing a new website for musicians of Broadway
Pete Donovan
  New York City is home to numerous musical communities. One of the most vibrant and multi-faceted is the family of musicians working on Broadway. There are almost 10,000 musical theater performances every year and the 1,200 musicians working on

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Fifty years after Stonewall, we’re still fighting for justice and equality
Jerame Davis
  Fifty years ago this month, the modern LGBTQ rights movement was born on a hot and humid night in Greenwich Village in New York City. Tired of police harassment, a group of LGBTQ patrons at the Stonewall Inn decided

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Harvey Mars, Esq.
“Arts organizations cannot cut their way to financial prosperity.” This is a maxim that has reverberated throughout the orchestral community for years and years. Bruce Ridge, former chair of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, has had to

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PHOTO OP
Make Music New York is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. All of the performances take place annually on June 21, the first day of summer and longest day

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In case you missed it: in 2018, the New York State Legislature passed historic legislation and adopted important consumer disclosures in the ticket resale market. Ticket buying has changed rapidly with the growth of the internet, which has become the

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John Painting
For decades, the AFM has had to maneuver its contracts to address changes in recording technology. As technology will always continue to advance and create new ways to produce content, AFM recording contracts must always fluctuate to keep up. In

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Views From the Board
Elise Frawley
As musicians, we know that in order to understand the present and conceive of the future, we must always examine the past. Our musical output rests on a calcified bedrock of our own experiences and the successes and failures of

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Diversity efforts at Local 802 become a priority
Juiliette Jones
Diversity matters. And representation matters, too. Last month, the newly-formed Diversity Committee hosted its inaugural program: a networking event intended to cultivate a safe space for attendees to listen, learn and share – listening being the most prevalent and recurring

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Rosa Avila
Diversity in musical theatre is growing in small but important ways. I have been very privileged to be part of two amazing shows back-to-back that featured diverse casts with plenty of women. Playing drums for “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”

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Guest Commentary
Robert L. Lynch
It is extremely unfortunate that for a third straight year, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Corporation for Public

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In the 50 years since Stonewall, LGBQT+ visibility has increased on TV, on the internet – and on Broadway
Justin Vance
“Darling, I want my gay rights now!” This was the rallying cry by transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, one of the Stonewall Riots leaders. Everyday life for members of the LGBTQ+ community in the 1960s was very different from today.

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Get them jamming!
More and more young musicians are learning about Local 802 through the Jazz Mentors Student Jam series, sponsored by the Council for Living Music with a grant from the New York City Council. Each Student Jam is hosted by our

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Letters to the editor
E-mail letters to Allegro@Local802afm.org 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. One person

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Rachel Barton Pine Foundation launches Music by Black Composers campaign
Can you name three black classical composers? Rachel Barton Pine can name 350. A member of AFM 10-208 (Chicago), the internationally renowned violinist also runs her own self-titled foundation, which has recently launched a Music by Black Composers campaign. The

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Winning on Stage
Dr. Don Greene
Greetings to the musicians of Local 802! Thank you very much for your warm welcome this February. I am looking forward to hearing about your professional experiences and sharing some of my ideas. As a peak performance psychologist, I work

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Member to Member
Mariana Ramirez
Living in New York City is fantastic for many reasons, but one that’s particularly at the forefront is the city’s rich, varied and vibrant music scene. As one of the two Mexican women percussionists/drummers currently on Broadway, I initially landed

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Guest commentary
Anne del Castillo
Hip hop. Punk rock. Salsa. New York City is the birthplace of some of the most influential movements in music history and home to topnotch talent in every genre. The music industry accounts for nearly 60,000 jobs and generates $21

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Requiem
The piano legend Dr. John, a six-time Grammy winner and a member of Local 802 since 1985, died on June 6. Born Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., he was known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy

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"There have been only one or two Broadway pits that I’ve walked into over the years where I have not experienced some kind of sexualization, harassment or lewdness"
Anonymous
The following story was sent to Local 802 anonymously. I have been heartened recently by what feels like a shift in our Broadway musician industry towards recognizing the problem of systemic inequality and making steps toward solutions. It is less

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Where does the money come from? How do you know if there's money waiting for you?
Kim Roberts Hedgpeth
Please check the unclaimed residuals list at www.fmsmf.org/unclaimedchecks to see if you or any of your colleagues have unclaimed residuals. You can also call the fund at (888) 443-6763. For a complete list of unclaimed checks from a variety of

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Feature Interview
Interview by Bob Pawlo
Billy Hunter, a member of Local 802 since 1998, serves as principal trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera and performs solo and chamber work all over the world. A native of Austin, Mr. Hunter earned a degree from the University of

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Women of 802 make their voices heard
We are pleased to report on the first meeting of the Women of 802 Caucus. Members who were female, female-identifying and non-binary – and their allies – gathered for a curated discussion in the Club Room. Over appetizers and drinks,

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Reminiscences
Sam Pilafian (1949-2019) When we lost Sam Pilafian on April 5 at the age of 69, the proverbial flag of the brass-playing community all over the world flew at half mast. These months later, it remains at half mast –

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Local 802 Artist Rights Caucus
Marc Ribot
With all the hype about streaming, it’s easy to forget that musicians’ recording income is still massively reduced from what it was 20 years ago. Easy, that is, unless you’re a recording musician. We know too well that only a

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Ken Swinkin
I re-joined Local 802 when I got hired to drum for a show at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York. I’ve primarily played for musical theatre in my career, in addition to jazz and wedding gigs. I’ve been lucky

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Jacob Goldberg
In 1886, Walter Craig, a black violinist residing at 103 West 29th Street, quietly joined the otherwise all-white New York musicians’ union, the Musicians’ Mutual Protective Union. Others followed. By 1910, about 300 black musicians had joined the MMPU, comprising

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John Painting
There is perhaps no more critical (and misunderstood) set of AFM recording agreements than those that fall under the umbrella of the Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA.) From major label sessions for superstar acts to Off Broadway cast albums, and

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Bill Hayes and Caryl Paisner
As you may remember if you voted in the 2018 Local 802 election, listed at the bottom of the ballot were positions to serve as delegates to various labor organizations. Most of us don’t hear a lot about these positions

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John Painting
A report released in September by the Recording Industry Association of America stated that for the first half of 2018, “streaming” accounted for 75 percent of the revenue generated by the United States music industry. The report noted that streaming

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Views from the Board
May is Labor History month! I’d like to take this opportunity to share the story of my paternal grandfather, Benjamin Paisner (1890-1967) and my father, Gilbert Paisner (1924-2014). Together they ran a textile manufacturing company on the Lower East Side

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WOMEN’S THEATRICAL AND FILM UNION PANEL
Caryl Paisner
As artists, one of our important missions is mentoring the next generation of women. I recently participated on a panel sponsored by the Open Stage Project at Repertory Company High School. Young women from several NYC high schools attended, as

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Member to Member
Mark Doyle
I am a musician who plays at nursing homes on a regular basis and the stories I have experienced would make a great movie. Over the past 15 years I have worked full time as a nursing home entertainer and

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Reflections of a New York Philharmonic teaching artist
Paul Murphy
What’s it really like to work as a teaching artist? Allegro recently got a chance to listen to trumpeter Paul Murphy, a member of Local 802 since 2008, to get his insights. Members of Local 802 who work as teaching

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Roger Cohen
Although I’ve had incredible experiences performing all over the world, I’m at a point in my life and career where I want to concentrate on working more in town. I just finished a run as percussionist in the Broadway show

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Let’s look at a case involving jazz instructors at the New School, and a discrimination claim at a local jazz club The vast majority of legal claims that are adjudicated in this country are resolved through voluntary settlements. This makes

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Winning on Stage
Let’s think about some different professions: physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers, lawyers, CPAs, physical therapists, cosmetologists, architects, estheticians, paralegals, and social workers. What do all these careers have in common? They are required to periodically attend classes (often known as

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Reminiscences
Michael Migliore, 64, a saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist, died on May 13. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1981. Mike had a tremendous career as a musician and held a special place in the 802 music community.

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Should musicians use them?
Dr. Don Greene
I’ve been fortunate in my career to counsel musicians and athletes on how to do their best under extreme pressure and achieve peak performances at the right time. One thing I focus on is learning how to control and channel

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Member Spotlight
Violinist Tomoko Akaboshi started her career as a musician at age 20 while attending the Tokyo College of Music, and has since performed with or coordinated for internationally renowned artists such as Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Alan Silvestri, Andrea Bocelli, Maria

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Martha Hyde
In December, Local 802 members received a Summary Materials Modification (SMM) notice from the 802 Musicians Health Fund. One part of the notice announced an improvement in the Plan B vision and hearing benefits. Members who use or might use

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Guest Commentary
Laura McQuade
Laura McQuade is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City. The opinions of guest commentaries in Allegro do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff, members or officers of Local 802. To submit a guest

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Noa Kageyama, Ph.D
Whether you’re watching basketball, baseball, or, say, cricket, broadcasters will often say that an underperforming athlete is in a “slump.” I don’t know that I’ve ever thought of this phenomenon in a musical context, so my ears perked up a

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Member to Member
Ayumi Okada
Local 802 member is developing a new musical featuring forgotten stories of the Civil War, with a female, trans and non-binary cast Ayumi Okada, a member of Local 802 since 2012, is currently developing a musical called “The Uncivil Ones”

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Creative ways musicians can take the lead
Shea Scruggs and Weston Sprott
Over the past year, orchestras have mobilized in significant ways to create pathways into the field for musicians of color. Orchestras, working together with funders, educational institutions, and professional organizations, have forged strong alliances to solidify pathways towards greater diversity.

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Member to Member
Elisabeth Lohninger
“Peppi’s Cabin in The Woods.” Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Nature, quiet, the gentle waves of the lake lapping against the shore. Well, more of a pond, really, but hey, still lapping. Temperatures were typically frigid for the season, the branches

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Local 802 softball team photo spread
PLAY BALL! The Local 802 softball team played its heart out this season. As usual, we competed in the Performing Arts Softball League, a 12-team league composed exclusively of Broadway unions and other entertainment professionals in New York City. As

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Marc Live Giveand
I used to be a member of Local 802 and recently re-joined after taking a break. I came back to the union to enjoy the protections that Local 802 offers, and to stay up-to-date on how the music industry has

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Leonor Falcon
After freelancing in NYC for several years, I decided to join the union to connect with more musicians, find more performing work and meet new people. One of my favorite recent gigs was with bassist and composer Mimi Jones and

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Feature Interview
Interview by Bob Pawlo
Diane Moser, a member of Local 802 since 2000, literally does it all. She composes and performs around the world with jazz ensembles, orchestras, chamber groups, and dance and theatre companies, including her 17-piece Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, her

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Earth Day 2019
Marc Schmied
A colleague of mine recently told me about a concept from Philip Toshio Sudo’s book “Zen Guitar” called Zoom In/Zoom Out that really spoke to me. The idea is to be able to go between focusing in on the everyday

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John Painting
About six weeks ago, the AFM and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers began negotiations for a successor agreement to the Theatrical Motion Picture and Television Film agreements. After three days of bargaining, both sides agreed to extend the

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By encouraging union members to choose “financial core” status, the NLRB has taken a decidedly anti-union stance
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Out of all of the oxymorons that exist in the legal world, the phrase “right to work” has to be one of the worst. Those of us who are labor activists know that “right to work” really means “right to

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Local 802 and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s ratified a new three-year agreement, expiring Sept. 7, 2021. Wages for performances and rehearsals will increase 3 percent in each year retroactive to Sept. 8, 2018. Recognizing the fragile state of the

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Leigh Pomeranz
I joined Local 802 to cultivate new relationships and learn more about what it means to be a New York City musician. One of my favorite recent gigs was when I directed a parody musical of the TV series “Dexter.”

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Eric Brown
I re-joined Local 802 when I took on the job as drummer for the Off Broadway production of “Smokey Joe’s Café.” There are many benefits to being a member of the union and I find that working with other Local

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Jazz Mentors Student Jam
“If you build it, they will come.” That classic line from the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” held true at a recent winter evening at Local 802, when the Council for Living Music held its fifth Jazz Mentors Student Jam.

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
Collective bargaining agreements are a very specialized form of contract. As a result, the general rules that apply to commercial contracts do not apply. For instance, when a commercial contract’s term expires, unless it specifically provides otherwise, the rights and

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Photo op
There are almost 10,000 musical theater performances on Broadway every year. The 1,200 musicians working on these shows play a crucial role in bringing them to life – but audiences are sometimes unaware of their presence and their important contributions

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Nadir Aslam
I joined Local 802 after attending a Broadway panel and networking event at the union. I was very inspired by the panelists and the warmth and friendliness of the musicians who I met. It made me want to be a

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From the Actors Fund
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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Simone Allen
I joined Local 802 when the music team of “The Cher Show” hired me to play rehearsal piano; I also serve as music assistant for the show. (The show opened in Chicago and is now on Broadway!) My musical goal

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Each year, as the tax season approaches, Allegro publishes updated tax tips for musicians provided by Local 802’s accounting firm, Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp P.C. These articles focus on important aspects of the tax law and those that specifically affect

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Earth Day 2019
Alice Stevenson
This Earth Day, on April 22, marks 49 years of the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Since 1970, hundreds of millions of people around the world have continuously come together to bring environmental issues to the forefront.

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Joshua Zarbo
I joined Local 802 because membership means that my individual voice can become a collective chorus in advocating for and championing the rights of musicians. I’ve been a proud member of the AFM for nearly 20 years, and a former

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Rhythm is as essential to music as the heartbeat is essential to life. That powerful sentiment was one of the deeper themes explored at the recent Learning Live clinic presented by the Council for Living Music at Local 802. “The

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Henry (Tateo) Tateosian
It has always been a lifelong dream to join the musicians’ union. I’m the drummer in the band Lunar Tourists as well as in many other groups and projects. As part of my musical past, I played in Camp Lejeune’s

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Maria Schneider trusts her musical instincts
Interview by Bob Pawlo
Evocative. Majestic. Magical. Heart-stoppingly gorgeous. Beyond categorization. These are just some the ways that critics have described the music of Maria Schneider, a member of Local 802 since 1985. Schneider and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when

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Member to Member
Kari Docter
I grew up in Minnesota in the 1970s and 80s. It’s the land of 10,000 lakes…and many more mosquitoes! My parents are musicians and our house was always full of music. We all performed: my parents as singers, and my brother

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Jazz Mentors XIX
Todd Weeks and Bettina Covo
All musicians are at risk for injuries – especially as we get older. But what are the best practices for stopping injuries before they happen? In mid-April, we welcomed clinician and occupational therapist Aviva L. Wolff, EdD, who specializes in

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Carolyn Canfield Cole
When I moved to NYC from Vancouver last August, at the top of my list (after procuring healthcare) was to join Local 802. Since 1981, I had been a member of AFM Local 145 (Vancouver). I’m enjoying meeting and playing

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Kevin Bryan My husband, trumpeter Kevin Bryan, died almost a year ago on Nov. 15, 2018 at the age of 53. I would like to share the following memories at this time. Kevin had been a member of Local 802

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Musicians at Work
Nancy Triggiani
“Dominick the Donkey,” recorded by Lou Monte in 1960 and re-released in 2011, remains a Christmas favorite among many. I composed and recently released an original song about Dominick’s son, “Dominooch,” a crooner with a modernized Rat Pack flair, who

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Mariam Adam
I re-joined Local 802 to participate in more solo, chamber music and orchestral engagements in NYC. My principal instrument is clarinet, and my musical goal is to take my audiences on a voyage of classical and crossover music. I spent

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At 10 years old, Julian Kenji Brescia 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 when

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Tom Monkell
Green statement of support Local 802 has passed the following green statement of support for the Broadway Green Alliance (see www.broadwaygreen.org): “Local 802 supports the important work of the Broadway Green Alliance, on Broadway and through its Off Broadway chapter,

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Local 802 musicians perform for record-breaking Easter Bonnet Competition
Julie Ferrara
Twice per year, Local 802 members donate their time and talents to enhance the bi-annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraisers Gypsy of the Year (December) and Easter Bonnet Competition (April). These bi-annual performances are the culmination of six-week-long fundraising drives,

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Eugene Peebles a k a  “The Talking Sax"
I joined Local 802 to be affiliated with a positive organization that will utilize my talents and abilities. My musical goal is to bring as much joy to others while providing for my family. One of my favorite recent gigs

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Manly Romero
I rejoined Local 802 after I accepted the position of head librarian at the New York Pops. I’m also the Manhattan School of Music’s performance librarian, a job I’ve held for 12 years. This comes after a summer as head

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Musicians at Work
The all-Yiddish production of “Fiddler on the Roof” recently recorded its cast album at Manhattan Center. Allegro photographer Walter Karling was granted access to the session, which was recorded under a union contract. The project included Larry Blank (orchestrations); Mark

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Nick Dinnerstein
I joined Local 802 to find great gig and performance opportunities in NYC as well as meet other musicians and take advantage of all the services the city has to offer. I was a member of AFM Local 9-535 (Boston)

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News from the Actors Fund
Dr. Aviva Wolff
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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We have a living legend in our ranks. At 106 years old, Viola Smith – who was one of the first professional female drummers and was called the female Gene Krupa – is the oldest active member of Local 802.

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How YouTube exploits creators
Maria Schneider
The Artist Rights Caucus of Local 802 wants musicians to be aware of their rights – and their power – in the digital domain. Below, Maria Schneider gives a much-needed explainer on how Google (which owns YouTube) exploits the “safe

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Improve endurance and stop masking performance pain!
Tamar Shapiro, LCSW
A career as a musician comes with many rewards, but one of the physical challenges is the stress placed on the body by repetitive movement and having to hold your body and instrument in particular ways for long periods of

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Luke Stence
I joined Local 802 because I believe that in order for musicians to have fair and safe working conditions, it’s crucial for us to have a collective voice. My musical goal in NYC is to develop an active freelance career

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Andrew P J Sak
I joined Local 802 to pursue my professional career as a musician and woodwind doubler on a more advanced and rewarding level. My musical goal in New York City is to play in as many pit and studio orchestras as

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Musicians at Work
Twice a year, Orchestra of St. Luke’s invites New York City’s public school students to outstanding classical music performances designed especially for young people. These OSL concerts – which incorporate other arts disciplines, such as puppetry, dance, or visual art

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The magic of live music theatre was on full display for an audience of enraptured kids in a recent presentation of “The Band’s Visit” produced by Inside Broadway for its Creating the Magic program. This fun series brings New York

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Andrew Linn
I joined Local 802 when I became a member of the Patriot Brass Ensemble. It quickly became apparent that being a part of the union is a must for those who are taking a direct path to a professional career

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James Dion Blanchard
I joined Local 802 when I was asked to sub with the New York Philharmonic  and I figured it was about time to join the network of union musicians. I’m a flutist, and my current goals in NYC are to

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Photo op
Live musical theatre sounds better outside! The Broadway League’s annual revue called “Stars in the Alley” took place again this year and included excerpts from many top shows. Local 802 members performed under a union contract, including Dominick Amendum (conductor);

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Evan Zavada
I joined Local 802 when I was hired to play rehearsals at “Wicked” on Broadway. My musical goal in NYC is simply to play as much as I possibly can and to never have to work a non-musical job. More

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Ben Bustamante
I joined Local 802 after I was asked to take a sideline part in the upcoming series “Wu Tang Clan: An American Saga.” Since I was 8 years old, I’ve been playing at the School of Rock Music School in

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Interview by Bob Pawlo
Amy Zoloto on her passion for bass clarinet, her use of yoga and Tae Kwon Do for focus and breath support, and the new opportunities for women in orchestras… Bass clarinetist Amy Zoloto, a member of Local 802 since 2000,

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Emma Ford
I joined Local 802 because I knew it would open up a lot of opportunities for me, especially in the Broadway world. Having just relocated here from Sydney, Australia, I am so excited to experience the NYC music and theatre

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Aaron Bos
I joined Local 802 to become part of a larger network of musicians and find more performance opportunities. When I was a member of AFM Local 99 (Portland, Oregon), being in the union opened a lot of doors for me

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Legendary rocker’s archives now open to the public
The legendary Lou Reed was a member of Local 802 for almost 50 years until his death in 2013. Now, for the first time, his archives at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts are open to the

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Now’s the time to join the Artist Rights Caucus & the Indie Musicians Caucus
Ken Hatfield
Like all of us, I just want to create great music, play with the best musicians, and live my life. But all of us know that the economic landscape for our work has changed dramatically during the digital paradigm shift

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May 7, 2019 - June 4, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. by President Krauthamer. Present: Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Axelrod, Hoyt, Kainuma, Paisner, Shankin. President Krauthamer discussed personnel matters at Local 802 and announced the promotion of

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Kika Wright
I’m new to New York City and looking to network and make new acquaintances. Joining the union seemed like an easy way to make hundreds of new friends and meet new colleagues. I was previously a member of AFM Local

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Legal Corner
Harvey Mars, Esq.
It is well known that when you enter your place of employment, your expectation of privacy is severely limited. This is no less true for musicians than it is for other employees. While they are on the job, musicians may

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Photo Feature
“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” recently returned to the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden for a successful three-week run of this New York Christmas holiday classic. The show played sold-out two-week runs in both Chicago and Boston

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Ling Ling Huang
I joined Local 802 for the opportunity to play with as many other people as much as I can, and to be a part of the vibrant music scene here, which is so experimental and experiential! My most favorite recent

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Chin Kim
I used to be a member of Local 802 and recently re-joined the union after taking a break. My previous union work was in jingles and other fields, and now I am playing in the pit orchestra of “Phantom of

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Could the union demand ‘humane’ audition practices in its contracts? Some of the curveballs that Don Greene cited in his discussion of auditions in the April issue of Allegro arise from unacceptable management practices. About 30 years ago, as contractor

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Photo op
Walter Karling
Local 802 musicians from the Broadway show “Beetlejuice” recently recorded a cast album at the DiMenna Center. Allegro photographer Walter Karling was given access to the session, which was recorded under a union contract. MUSIC COORDINATOR: Howard Joines; MUSIC DIRECTOR:

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July August 2019
Bill Crow
Claude Thornhill had some very successful bands, but he was not comfortable with notoriety. Whenever it looked like he might have a hit record, he would take a month off, go fishing, and wait for things to cool off a

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Andreas Häberlin
I JOINED LOCAL 802 because I am looking to further my music career in NYC by joining a growing community of like-minded professionals. Eventually, I am looking to make it as an orchestrator, arranger and copyist in NYC’s musical theatre

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Stanley Applebaum's music collection acquired by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
One of the best feelings of an artist is knowing that your work will endure, even after you’re gone. That’s exactly why orchestrator, arranger, composer and conductor Stanley Applebaum, 96, is thrilled that the New York Public Library has just

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RICHARD J. AMSES Richard J. Amses, 88, a trumpeter, flutist, pianist, composer, songwriter, lyricist, arranger and music educator, died on Dec. 15. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1954 and was also a member of ASCAP. Born

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Urbie Green, 92, the legendary trombonist and a member of Local 802 since 1954, died on Dec. 31. Below, members of Local 802 share their reminiscences of Urbie…   Joseph Alessi, principal trombone at the New York Philharmonic I was

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Shara Sand, Psy.D.
I re-joined Local 802 because I’m now a psychologist who specializes in working with musicians. My musical goal in NYC is to help musicians become more successful performers. The highlight of my performance career was when I worked with John

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Natalie Cressman
I joined Local 802 when I was hired for the Broadway musical “The Cher Show.” After several years of doing nonunion freelance work in NYC, I was thrilled at the opportunity to enter the Broadway world and join the larger

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David Stern
I joined Local 802 because a union can ensure some degree of security for musicians pursuing a freelance profession. My goal in the next few years is to expand my repertoire of original music and get my new quartet out

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Jesse Dulman
I joined the union to be a part of something greater than myself. I play the tuba in my own avant-garde jazz band, the Jesse Dulman Quartet. You can find my music on the RRGEMS label and on YouTube. Music

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Eric Huckins
I joined Local 802 to be a part of the larger musical community in New York City. I decided it was time to join after playing with the American Ballet Theatre, and hearing about the importance of the Local 802

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Andrew Schulman
“People are talking but I can tell you’re very good.” The man was in his 70s, wearing a gray suit, average height and build, well-coiffed hair turned gray. He was standing about ten feet from where I sat playing my

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October 23, 2018 - January 8, 2019
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018 Meeting called to order at 11:14 a.m. by President Gagliardi. Present: Financial Vice President Olcott, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Burridge, Cutler, Dougherty, Hyde, Namkung, Olness, Sharman, and Suttmann. Minutes from October 16, 2018

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Santiago Murillo
I joined Local 802 because I’ve been looking to get into the Broadway music copying scene. As I’ve been talking to people already working in the field, one of the questions that kept coming up was “Are you a member

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Phillip DeFranco
I re-joined Local 802 as I started to get more professional work in NYC. I want to network more and land a chair in a major orchestra or established venue or ensemble. One of my favorite recent gigs was playing

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Raphael Crystal
I re-joined Local 802 after a 24-year absence from New York. During that time, I taught at Ball State University in Indiana and the University of Alabama, where I founded and directed a new musical theatre performance program. I’ve won

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Adam Douglass
I think unions are an extremely important part of American society, and when I learned about Local 802 and everything that it does for its members and the community, I wanted to be a part of it. My musical goal

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June 11, 2019 - Aug. 6, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:06 am by Financial Vice President Fisher. Present: Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Axelrod, Donovan, Frawley, Hoyt, Paisner, Shankin, Managing Director Kantor, Chief of Staff Winkler. President Krauthamer present

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New York University is currently on the AFM International Unfair List for misclassifying individuals as independent contractors and failing to provide musicians with the fair wages and protections that they deserve. The AFM has also placed Steve Trudell and Trudell

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Musicians At Work
“They’re Playing Our Song” opened on Broadway in 1979 with a book by Neil Simon, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and music by Marvin Hamlisch. It recently enjoyed a special one-night revival at the Music Box Theatre as a special

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Andrew Bourgoin
I joined Local 802 after transferring my membership from AFM Local 30-73 (Minneapolis/St. Paul). My personal goal in NYC is to music direct and conduct for musical theatre, awards shows, and concerts. One of my favorite recent gigs was conducting

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Kaoru Morishita
I joined Local 802 after veteran pianist Kuni Mikami encouraged me when I happened to be at the union building to see a rehearsal of the Lionel Hampton Big Band. I had only been in NYC for two weeks at

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Maria Kowalski
I joined Local 802 when I relocated to New York from Nashville, where I was a member of AFM Local 257. My musical goals in New York City are to perform with and learn from as many musicians as I

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September 2019
Bill Crow
The late John Amoroso was a fine trumpet player and a great entertainer, both on and off the bandstand. He had a lot of schtick with which he entertained his audiences and his bandmates. And he often called his friends

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August 14, 2018 - October 16, 2018
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018 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, Dougherty, Garnett, Sharman, Suttmann, Chief of Staff Carroll. Minutes from August 7,

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CARL JANELLI Carl Joseph Janelli, 91, died on Dec. 3, 2018. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1943, and also served as the executive secretary for the union from 1981 to 1990. Mr. Janelli started playing clarinet

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Musicians At Work
“The Cher Show,” a new biographical musical featuring a book by Tony Award winner Rick Elice and directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore, opened in December at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. Allegro photographer Walter Karling was granted

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Danny Jonokuchi
I joined Local 802 to perform in the Broadway production of “Be More Chill.” My aim is to continue working with the best musicians in New York City and further develop my voice as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger. One of

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Arthur Kents
After years of only dreaming about living my dream, I found myself in the position to commit 100 percent to music. To be the consummate performer and professional. And I could think of no better place to start than Local

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Peggy Serra
Russ Anixter
I was very sad to read in a previous issue of Allegro that music copyist Peggy Serra recently passed away. I had the pleasure of working for Peggy, and her late husband, Hal, in the 1990s. At that time we

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February '19
Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred and Dave and Iola Brubeck wrote the jazz opera called “Bending Towards the Light…A Jazz Nativity” that has been produced every Christmas season since 1985 in New York and in many other cities. Many famous musicians

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Reminiscences
Greg Venuto
Joseph A. Venuto, Jr., 89, died on Feb. 14. He was a percussionist and had been a member of Local 802 for almost 40 years. He is survived by his wife Beverly, daughter Linda and son Greg, who is a

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STANLEY APPLEBAUM Stanley Applebaum, 96, the world-renowned composer, arranger, conductor, orchestrator and pianist, died on Feb. 23. By the age of 12, Mr. Applebaum was already writing his first arrangement. A few years later, he was gigging professionally, playing club

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Leah Coloff
I’m excited to hold the cello chair at “Oklahoma!” on Broadway. It was a wonderful reason to re-join the union, and I’m seeing firsthand how integral Local 802 is to the life of a Broadway musician. My musical goal in

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Tomek Miernowski
I joined Local 802 when I became a guitar sub for Robin Macatangay in “Hamilton.” My musical goal in NYC is to continue to meet great people, be a part of inspired projects, and to learn and grow from those

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January 2019
Richard Chamberlain posted the following story on Facebook. In the 1970s, the fascist Franco government was still in power in Spain. A pro-democracy movement in Barcelona was gaining strength, and they invited Pete Seeger, America’s best known freedom singer, to

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Reminiscences
Dan Barrett
The exceptional alto saxophonist and exceptional human being Chuck Wilson passed away last Oct. 17, 2018 after being a member of Local 802 since 1979. He’s been on my mind lately, and I thought I’d share these few thoughts about

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:11 am by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Axelrod, Cohen, Davis, Donovan, Frawley, Hoyt, Kainuma, Paisner, Shankin. Recording Department Business Representative Pawlo

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Theo Van Dyck
I joined Local 802 because I want to be part of an organization that supports professional musicians as I venture into the freelance world of New York City. Having the opportunity to connect with other professionals who are actively engaged

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John Isley
I re-joined Local 802 when I began subbing on a Broadway show last year. My musical goals in NYC are the same as they’ve always been: to make great music with great people, regardless of the venue. I occasionally have

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We create community through sports! The Local 802 Executive Board supports a bowling team and two softball teams at Local 802. The BOWLING TEAM rolls every Thursday night at 11 p.m. at FRAMES (in Port Authority). The season runs in

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MUSICIANS UNITE! When musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike in March, Local 802 raised our collective voice in support. Our statement of solidarity said: “The promise of a pension is a sacred one and the musicians of

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Lisle Atkinson Lisle Atkinson, 78, a bassist and a member of Local 802 for 60 years, died on March 25. At four years old, Mr. Atkinson was already studying the violin; he gave his first concert at the age of

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April 16, 2019 - April 30, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Meeting called to order at 3:09 p.m. by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Cohen, Davis, Frawley, Hoyt, Kainuma, Paisner, Shankin. Executive Board member Axelrod called in by

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NOTE: As Allegro went to press, the minutes from the Dec. 18, 2018 meeting had not yet been approved for publication. TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:09 a.m. by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher,

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John Amoroso John Amoroso, 88, a vocalist and a trumpeter, died on April 4. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1956. He was my friend, and I want to share the following stories about him. John grew

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June 2019
Bill Crow
I inherited my musical ear from my mother, a pianist and soprano who loved light classical music. She started teaching me songs while I was just learning to walk, and she always encouraged my interest in music even though she

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Jim Saporito
It is with great sadness that I write these words about my friend and colleague John Oddo. His untimely death is so fresh in my mind that I am still processing the loss. I feel as if I could pick

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March '19
Bill Kirchner told me a story about his high school band director Sam D’Angelo, who was a musical mentor to Bill at Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio, and who died last January. Bill was with him from 1967 to

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April '19
My old friend and songwriter Margo Guryan posted this  memory on Facebook: “I was once flying home from Boston, feeling sad. All my high school friends were busy marrying each other, and I felt there was nothing for me in

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Photo Op
Since 2001, the Jazz Foundation of America has produced an annual gala at the Apollo Theater called “A Great Night in Harlem.” This benefit concert is always one of the best nights of the year in New York City. It

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March 5, 2019 - April 9, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:18 am by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Axelrod, Cohen, Donovan, Frawley, Hoyt, Paisner, Shankin. Minutes of February 26, 2019 reviewed. It

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May '19
The New York Times recently published an obituary on an old friend of mine, Johnny Thompson, a musician who was also a magician, working under the name of The Great Thompsoni. He was 84 when he passed on March 9,

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