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HELP FOR MUSICIANS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS 1. Start at the Local 802 coronavirus update page at www.bitly.com/local-802-coronavirus 2. Go to the Local 802 Musicians Emergency Relief Fund at www.Local802erf.org/how-to-apply 3. Looking for counseling? Help with substance abuse? Someone to

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THE YEAR IN REVIEW
President's report
The outcome of last year’s 802 election was virtually an entirely newly elected leadership at Local 802. Our administration was given a mandate to start changing the way our union works. It was a priority to hit the ground running

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Karen Fisher
Four years ago, Allegro published an explainer of the Single Engagement Classical Concert contract. Since then, Local 802 has added just over 2,000 new members, many of whom may be working under that contract (Appendix A), or the Ballet/Opera Single

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Notes from the field
Leo Gertner
Unions are built on the principle of solidarity – an injury to one is an injury to all. It means that we stand up for each other when injustices are being done against us, our colleagues, or sometimes in our

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The many lives of Buster Williams
Peter Zimmerman
By PETER ZIMMERMAN podunkpete@gmail.com Back in 1989, Buster Williams formed the first incarnation of his Something More quartet. Last year, he released the group’s ninth recording, called “Audacity.” It was a decade in the making and the bassist’s 16th overall

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HOW BLACK MUSICIANS HELPED REFORM LOCAL 802
Black History Month
Jacob Goldberg
In January 1928, black musicians sent a petition to the union’s governing board. Its content remains unknown, but the board perused it, acknowledged the political activities of its “colored members” and, then, from all indications, never responded. No doubt black

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The next generation of jazz students are invited to Local 802 on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. when Jazz Mentors hosts its next student jam, led by the Jazz Mentors Band (JMB). For more information or

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President's report
By Adam Krauthamer There are no words to describe the evolving crisis that all of us are experiencing right now. The pain and confusion are possibly at the highest level that many of us have ever felt, and I don’t

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Karen Fisher
The musicians of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra (first photo below) ratified their contract on Dec. 10, 2019. The new, two-year agreement includes significant increases in wages, health benefits, cartage, and mileage, as well as new language covering educational and community

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The Broadway League recently released its 22nd annual demographics report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the theatregoers who attended Broadway shows in New York City last season. It also compares current Broadway theatregoing habits in New York City to

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Small, tangible steps can lead towards larger goals
Women of 802
The Women of 802 Committee
If you were to interview the few thousand women and women-identifying members at Local 802, the largest local of the AFM, you would have thousands of perspectives on what it is to be a musician in any given field, thousands

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Financial vice president's report
Karen Fisher
By Karen Fisher The week of March 9, 2020 began the most extraordinary and surreal time for our country since 9/11. The precautions taken to stem the spread of COVID-19 extended to the widespread closure of nearly every arts institution

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You can use LS-1 contracts to get onto the union’s health plan!
Are you teaching online during the coronavirus crisis, using Skype, Zoom or another platform? Do you need to contribute a little more to get Local 802 health benefits? LS-1 contracts offer the opportunity to take advantage of Local 802’s health

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
How the simple act of sharing our art can break down barriers, promote human rights and spread peace
Marshall Coid
Even as Washington escalates a noisy trade war with China and ugly political squabbles fill the headlines, union members on Broadway are creating peace here at home — quietly, and sometimes historically. Musicians and actors from “Chicago” recently honored two

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WHAT’S A UNION GOOD FOR, ANYWAY?
Notes from the field
Leo Gertner
In our busy lives, it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of what matters, whether it’s friends, family, last year’s New Year’s resolutions, or professional goals. As we continue our day-to-day hustle in the new year, we may get

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Musicians often live without a safety net. That’s where we come in. The Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Local 802 members with reliable assistance in times of need – like

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DCINY Orchestra Musicians
DCINY musicians have been very busy since the last time we reported in Allegro. As many of you know, Distinguished Concerts International New York has been operating as a producer and presenter of music out of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln

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THE CASE ACT CAN HELP MUSICIANS
Local 802 Artist Rights Caucus
Ken Hatfield
For the musicians who remember what our industry was like before the digital paradigm shift, it is abundantly clear that others are now profiting even more from our work than we are. This is especially true for recorded music. For

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The 2020 census is here! For various reasons, in past years a significant number of New Yorkers have not participated in the census. Without a complete count, our city’s fair share of congressional representation is at stake, as are billions

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Gains made, but the fight for streaming continues
Elise Frawley and Joanna Maurer
We have just come off of the long, drawn-out negotiation between the AFM and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. At the time of writing this article, a tentative agreement has been reached subject to ratification. The negotiation

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Legal corner
Harvey Mars
The start of a new year brings with it the promise of new possibilities and beginnings. Unfortunately, this is not the case with labor relations in the United States. The Trump NLRB’s assault on workers’ legal ability to organize and

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Local 802 member Steven Behnke has created a Facebook resource group because, he tells Allegro, “it’s really important musicians have a digital home while we’re going through one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced.” Behnke works with

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IN SOLIDARITY, THERE IS STRENGTH
Legal corner
Harvey Mars
Unions are the best protection for workers – but many people don’t know that workers who are not part of a collective bargaining unit and who are not represented by a union also have rights under the National Labor Relations

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LET’S STOP PAY-TO-PLAY
Local 802 has a voice on the NYC Nightlife Advisory Board. We’re using it to improve working conditions for musicians. Here’s how…
Alvester Garnett with David Stern
The NYC Nightlife Advisory Board is an all-volunteer, 14-member independent body that advises the mayor and the City Council on issues affecting the nightlife industry and ways to improve regulations and policies that impact nightlife establishments. Alvester Garnett serves as

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Musicians at Work (photo op)
NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE ENSEMBLE Musicians in the North/South Consonance Ensemble recently performed their annual holiday concert at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church on West 69th Street. Funding for the concert came in part from the Music Performance Trust Fund, and musicians

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EQUAL ACCESS
Women in jazz come together
Monika Herzig
March is Women’s History Month and this year we are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. While female jazz performers are not a novelty anymore, they still make up only one fifth of the field. As

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The importance of the first teacher
Member to member
Morrie Sherry
As Allegro continues its series on music teachers and teaching artists, we hear this month from Local 802 member Morrie Sherry. If you have a story to contribute to this series, please e-mail Allegro@Local802afm.org. I began playing clarinet when I

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MUSIC FROM THE HEART
Photostory
MET Orchestra musicians and other Local 802 members recently performed for Spanish-speaking refugee children from Mexico and Central America at the Andrew Freedman Home in the South Bronx. Connecting with communities throughout the greater New York area through music has

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Musicians at Work (photo op)
BIG APPLE CIRCUS “I’m grateful to be employed under a Local 802 contract for several reasons. First, I’m impressed by the knowledge, expertise and diligence of the team at 802 who negotiated a fair and thorough contract for our musicians.

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A PIONEERING WOMAN FOR LABOR RIGHTS
It’s never been more important to remember the visionary work of Frances Perkins
Elise Frawley
“‘Social justice’ is more than a shibboleth with her; it has been the maxim of her life, and if it carry her far, no one can say that the need is not great.” — New York Times editorial, 1933 On

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Winning on Stage
Dr. Don Greene
There are five different types of brainwave patterns that affect a musician’s level of performance. They are called delta, alpha-theta, alpha, beta, and gamma. Each frequency can be measured on an electroencephalogram (EEG) in cycles per second (otherwise known as

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STOP INJURIES BEFORE THEY HAPPEN
To your health
FREE INJURY PREVENTION WORKSHOPS FOR MEMBERS OF LOCAL 802 Local 802 member Katherine Hannauer (pictured above) and her classmate Nick Cerbone will lead free, hands-on injury prevention workshops at Local 802 in February. There will be flyers posted at Local

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Alan H. Arnold, 87, a violist, composer, arranger and publisher, died on Dec. 14. He had been a member of Local 802 for almost 50 years and was also a member of ASCAP. Born in the Bronx in 1932, Mr.

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Bringing (ROCK) music to every classroom!
Member to member
Joshua Zarbo
Lately I’ve been traveling around the country speaking to education professionals about TeachRock, an arts integration curriculum developed by the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, a nonprofit established by legendary musician, producer, actor and activist Steven Van Zandt. As a

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A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR MUSICIANS DURING A CRISIS
Winning on stage
Dr. Don Greene
By Dr. Don Greene The CORONAVIRUS crisis is an indescribable disaster for professional musicians in New York. It’s compounded by the simple fact that most of us are not trained to deal with chaos, catastrophic change and tragedy. The crisis

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THE RHYTHM OF BROADWAY
In honor of Women’s History Month, eight percussionists share their inspiring stories about playing on Broadway
Thanks to Janna Graham and Mariana Ramirez for suggesting this story and reaching out to their colleagues with terrific questions. If you have your own story to share, please e-mail Allegro@Local802afm.org. Tell us a little bit about your musical history

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Reminiscences
Seth Lewis
Mentorship is a vital tradition in music, especially in jazz. An excellent role model was the late Bob Cranshaw, whose life I am researching for my graduate thesis. I want to share a little bit about what I’ve learned and

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Winning on stage
Dr. Don Greene
Flow is the mental state of a highly motivated individual when fully engaged in a chosen activity. The person is immersed in a feeling of energized focus and a sense of total involvement. Flow is completely focused attention; it is

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Adi Meyerson
Adi Meyerson
I joined Local 802 after I got some work opportunities through the union, and I’m glad to finally be a part of it. My musical goal in NYC is to continue to lead my band and play with my heroes

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John Lake
John Lake
I joined Local 802 to further my career as a pit musician and recording artist. My musical goal in NYC is to play music at the highest levels with an excellent community of musicians. One of my favorite recent gigs

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Bernadette  Zirkuli Biddlecome Bernadette M. Zirkuli Biddlecome, 74, a bassoonist and a member of Local 802 since 1963, died on Nov. 30. In 1967, she earned her bachelor of music at Juilliard, where she was awarded the Nuremberg Scholarship and

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Chelsea Lane
Chelsea Lane
I joined Local 802 so that I could pursue more freelance work in NYC as I write my dissertation for a DMA degree at The Graduate Center, CUNY. The opportunity to read for “Das Rheingold” at the Metropolitan Opera last

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Edward W. Hardy
Edward W. Hardy
I joined Local 802 after already establishing a career as a musician and composer. I was asked to be a sub for “Rocktopia” on Broadway, which was a fantastic experience, and prompted me to join the union. Coincidentally, it was

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If you love the Earth, now's the time (EARTH DAY 2020)
Marc Schmied
By Marc Schmied As musician/activist in 2020, I find myself celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and hopeful for the prospect of change through the November elections. In past issues of Allegro, I’ve written about my involvement in the

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Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson
I joined Local 802 because it seemed a great way to meet fellow musicians in New York City, and I also believe in the advocacy and organizing work the union does to ensure that we are paid a fair wage.

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Bettina Covo
Need to contribute a little more to get Local 802 health benefits? Need a few more credits to become fully vested in your pension? There is a viable way to contribute to your AFM pension* and maintain Local 802 health

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JAZZ FACULTY STEP UP
It’s all about respect! We part-time faculty at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School’s College of Performing Arts first won a contract with Local 802 in 1998. At the time, faculty had received only one

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Jordon Cunningham
Jordon Cunningham
I re-joined Local 802 after I started working at the Engeman Theatre on Long Island for its production of “Saturday Night Fever.” I’m also very much looking forward to a few projects coming up within the next couple of months,

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Kara Mikula
I joined Local 802 after doing several recent jobs performing as an actor-musician. I want to help develop a special set of rules for actor-musicians that can be used for all types of theatre contracts and ensure that producers are

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MEET MY MANAGER
Clara Schumann’s surprising role in the career of Johannes Brahms
Styra Avins
By Styra Avins Clara Schumann just celebrated her 200th birthday! Most people know her as the wife and muse of Robert Schumann, as one of the very great pianists of the 19th century, and the center of the emotion-ridden triangle

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December 3, 2019 - January 6, 2020
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:17 am by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Axelrod, Cohen, Frawley, Kainuma, Shankin. Minutes of November 25, 2019 reviewed. It was moved

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Okäru Love
I first joined Local 802 almost 20 years ago and recently renewed my membership after an unfortunate incident at a club in Harlem. My band and I were apparently fired due to my ethnicity. We were helped by Local 802

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As negotiations approach, part-time jazz faculty reflect on the power of a union contract
“Having union representation has allowed the New School jazz faculty to bargain collectively to achieve vast improvements in academic working conditions that individually would have been impossible for me to acquire on my own. Local 802 has been instrumental in

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Rebekah Bruce Parker
I joined Local 802 shortly after I came to NYC in 2018 to become a full-time musician and play on Broadway. I started by subbing on the keyboard 2 book for “Mean Girls,” which is full of organ, percussion, strings

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Bill Crow
Pianist Marty Napoleon was a good friend, and provided me with quite a bit of work over the years with his trios and quartets. But it was his older brother Andy, a drummer, who I first met when I arrived

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Jeremy Levine
I re-joined Local 802 because suddenly I’ve been getting a huge influx of union work. I am already fairly established but I look forward to branching out into Broadway or the new music scene. I play timpani all around New

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When federal laws fail workers, we can encourage states and cities to do what it takes
Harvey Mars
By Harvey Mars, Esq. While the Trump National Labor Relations Board is doing all it can to dismantle the vast protections afforded to workers by prior labor boards, those of us who live in more liberal or progressive states (like

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Miki Yamanaka
I joined Local 802 as a part of the Roxy Coss Quintet. I moved to NYC in 2012 and earned a master’s degree in music from Queens College. My musical goal is to play the gigs I want, all the

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Hosun Moon
I re-joined Local 802 shortly after I won the 2017-2018 American Prize for conducting in musical theatre. I decided to leave my position as a college music professor to become a full-time conductor, music director, pianist, organist, harpsichordist and keyboardist.

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EMPOWERING THEATRE MUSICIANS
An update from your Broadway Theatre Committee
Tom Monkell and Jan Mullen
Do you play on Broadway? If yes, then the Theatre Committee is your committee! Our meetings are open to all Broadway musicians, including subs. If you have any business or concerns you wish to be discussed, contact us at BroadwayTheatreCommittee@gmail.com.

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Nov. 12, 2019 - Nov. 25, 2019
NOTE: The Executive Board did not meet on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Meeting called to order at 11:13 am by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Frawley, Hoyt,

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NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar is going online this year
Sean Millman
Here’s some very welcome good news! As Allegro goes to press, registration for this year’s NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar is STILL OPEN…and is planning to be taught online via Zoom! Hosted by the NYU Steinhardt Percussion Studies Program, the NYU

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STAMFORD FOREVER!
With loyal musicians, a strong committee and a dedicated management, the future of the Stamford Symphony looks brighter than it’s ever been
By Peter Weitzner
By Peter Weitzner It seems that an orchestra is just like a farm. The practice of running a farm can be like riding a roller coaster. Some years the weather doesn’t cooperate. In other years, fields must be left barren

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Bill Crow
It doesn’t seem possible, but I’m about to begin my 38th year of writing this column. It all started when I was elected to the Local 802 Executive Board in December, 1982, as part of the ticket headed by John

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Jazz Appreciation Month 2020
Su Terry
By Su Terry Trumpeter and Local 802 member Walt Szymanski likes to go mountain climbing. In 2010 the Detroit native and former resident of Brooklyn started looking for mountains in the country of Ecuador, located in the northwestern part of

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MLK Day 2020
This winter, Local 802 members Kyle Hoyt, Joshua Zarbo, Sita Chay, Kyra Sims and David White participated in a day of service on MLK Day, where they got the chance to mentor aspiring young high school musicians. Here’s what they

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WHY MUSICIANS NEED UNION STEWARDS
Notes from the field
Leo Gertner
What good is a contract if you can’t enforce it? One of the great benefits that comes with having a union is the protection of collective bargaining agreements. But arguably what’s even more important is the ability to enforce them

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Jazz Appreciation Month 2020
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and longtime Local 802 member Reggie Workman has been awarded the title of Jazz Master, the highest honor in jazz, by the National Endowment for the Arts for 2020. Workman is the only Local 802

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Guest commentary
Laura McQuade
March is Women’s History Month, and this year is also the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision granting women the constitutional protection to access abortion. On this monumental anniversary, it is clear that the right

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Local 802 Artist Rights Caucus
Ken Hatfield
By Ken Hatfield As we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, I ask my fellow jazz musicians to reflect upon how appreciation of our music has actually diminished in the decades since the digital paradigm shift dramatically altered the landscape of how

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Local 802 member Martin Agee uses his music to provide comfort to animals, which he describes as “my favorite audience”
Martin Agee
By Martin Agee There are audiences of music lovers out there who have been waiting to hear their first live concert. And while their love of music is palpable, sadly many of them have never heard so much as a

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Are you in the groove when it comes to your taxes? Check out our annual tax tips for musicians and see if you’re on the money
CORONAVIRUS TAX UPDATE The coronavirus crisis has affected musicians in many painful ways. For tax purposes, any loss of income caused by the crisis this year (tax year 2020) will affect next year’s tax filing (due April 2021). We’ll discuss

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Winning on stage
Dr. Don Greene
Even though I’m an eternal optimist, I know that mistakes are inevitable. Live musical events often happen in less than ideal conditions. There are many factors involved that can result in random accidents and unforced musical errors. Accidents are unwelcome

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REQUIEM
Jimmy Heath The jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, 93, a member of Local 802 since 1959, died on Jan. 19. Mr. Heath was long recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger. Mr. Heath was the middle brother

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Colleen Ruddy
Colleen Ruddy
I joined Local 802 to be part of a larger network of great musicians and to be able to perform in union productions here. I would love to be involved in more touring opportunities of all different styles — but

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Alejandro Senior
Alejandro Senior
I joined Local 802 because I wanted to be a part of a larger arts community and have access to a supportive network of talented musicians. I have decided to dedicate my career to both music and theatre, and I’ve

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Avigail Malachi
Avigail Malachi
I re-joined Local 802 last year after I was offered an opportunity to join the Off Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish” on Stage 42. I’m so glad that I had the privilege to be part of

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Napoleon Revels-Bey
Napoleon Revels-Bey
I first joined the union when I was 16 and recently renewed my membership in Local 802. I see music as part of my soul’s journey, and my ongoing musical goal is to make the best contribution to the arts

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Nicole Patrick
Nicole Patrick
I joined Local 802 after getting some work opportunities through the union. I hope to continue meeting wonderful people and making music with the support of the union. I recently returned from a three-week artist residency in Melbourne, Australia, with

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Harry Mackenzie Inglis
Harry Mackenzie Inglis
I hail from sunny South Africa, but I studied in the midwest and earned my master’s degree in viola performance here in NYC. Apart from playing the king of instruments, I love jazz piano, politics and long-distance road cycling. I

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Member to member
Joseph Church
By Joseph Church Although I’ve sung all my life, I don’t consider myself a singer. I know that’s an odd statement coming from someone who just wrote a book on singing. What I am is a musician who freely uses

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Grégoire Maret
Grégoire Maret
I re-joined Local 802 when I started teaching at the New School. As a union musician, I want to be treated fairly when I work. As a chromatic harmonica player, I’m touring all the time, but my musical goal in

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Nicolas Mirabile
Nicolas Mirabile
I joined Local 802 to become a member of a wider musical community. I hope to meet talented and skilled colleagues and friends with whom to bond and make music. As a freelancer, I’ve played with many groups, including the

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January 14, 2020 - February 4, 2020
Monday, January 14, 2020 Meeting called to order at 11:12 am by President Krauthamer. Present: Financial Vice President Fisher, Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Davis, Donovan, Frawley, Hoyt, Kainuma, Paisner, Shankin. Minutes of January 6, 2020 reviewed. It

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Jonathan Tunick recalls Buster Williams’ lush sound To the editor: Thanks so much for Peter Zimmerman’s interview with Buster Williams in the February issue of Allegro. I would like to add to the list of Buster’s many accomplishments the year

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Ariana Cappon
Ariana Cappon
I joined Local 802 to gain access to quality work for humane compensation and to find a broader musical community in New York City. Because this city has such an appetite for the arts, it’s an ideal place to collaborate

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Candace DeBartolo
Candace DeBartolo
I re-joined Local 802 after I recently had the chance to do some musical theater work under a union contract. I’ve been a professional musician since I was 23 years old and have traveled extensively, touring with rock bands, cover

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Avery Yurman
Avery Yurman
I joined Local 802 to have more varied performance and compositional opportunities in NYC. I first joined AFM Local 16-248 to perform on bassoon in “West Side Story” at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and then joined Local

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THE BAND ROOM
Bill Crow
Back in the 1940’s, there was a club on Times Square called the Zanzibar. It featured headliners like Nat Cole and Louis Jordan. At the time, I was serving in the Army, based in Maryland, and got the chance to

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Mayu Saeki
Mayu Saeki
I re-joined Local 802 when I was asked to sub for Josh Johnson for “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish.” I loved the book because it called for three flutes (C, piccolo and alto) with no doubles, which is unusual

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Requiem
Anton Coppola Anton Coppola, 102, the conductor and composer, died on March 9. He had been a member of Local 802 since 1935. Mr. Coppola was possibly the oldest conductor in the world and was still actively conducting up until

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Colton Fellowship supports early-career Black and Latinx musicians in the orchestra field. The Colton Fellow will participate in NJSO performances, receive mentorship and engage with the community. To be considered for the NJSO Colton Fellowship,

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February 11, 2020 - March 3, 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Meeting called to order at 11:18 am by Financial Vice President Fisher. Present: Recording Vice President Schwartz, Executive Board members Axelrod, Donovan, Frawley, Hoyt, Kainuma, Shankin. President Krauthamer absent. Minutes of February 4, 2020 reviewed. It

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THE BAND ROOM
Bill Crow
I found this story in my old friend Gene DiNovi’s interesting memoir “I Can Hear the Music,” which you can read online at wattpad.com. When Gene was getting started in the music business, he went on the road with a

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