Building Bridges

Students of the pilot Local 47 Career Pathways Program visit the Streisand Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures in Culver City. [photo by Tiffany Israel]

AFM Local 47 Career Pathways Pilot Program Strikes a Chord With Students

The Local 47 Career Pathways Program recently concluded its pilot session, and by all accounts was a resounding success.

With funding completely secured by the Verdugo Workforce Development Board from federal, state, and local sources, the program teamed up with the union to connect younger generation high schoolers with professionals working in the music industry.

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Welcome, Theater Musicians Association!

AFM Secretary/Treasurer Gary Lasley (far left) joins the newly sworn-in TMA Officers for a group photo. [by Tom Mendel]

AFM Local 47 was proud to host the 23rd Annual International Conference of the Theatre Musicians Association Aug. 20-21.

Theater musicians from across the United States and Canada joined together with the mission of continuing to build the organization that is our voice within the American Federation of Musicians.  Continue reading

Final Note: Jack Costanzo

Life Member. Bongos
9/24/1919 – 8/18/2018

Born in Sept. 24, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, Jack Costanzo universally gets credit for introducing the bongo drums to American jazz. As a teenager, he witnessed a Puerto Rican dance group whose leader played bongos, and there was no looking back. With no one to help, Costanzo had to teach himself to play. He fashioned a pair of bongos out of wooden butter tubs and began his long percussion quest. Continue reading

Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship

Violinists Ayrton Pisco and Sydney Adedamola, violist Bradley Parrimore, and cellist Juan-Salvador Carrasco [photo: Ben Gibbs]

New community program brings diversity to the classical arts

Four top-tier post-graduate string musicians from underrepresented communities have been announced as the first class of the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, a program designed to increase diversity in American orchestras.

Launched in August 2018, the groundbreaking program was conceived by a partnership of Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA), the country’s largest African-American-majority youth orchestra; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras; and USC Thornton School of Music, one of the country’s top music programs.  Continue reading

In Memoriam: September 2018

Neil Douglas Argo
Member. Composer
5/28/1947 – 8/2/2018
Survived by spouse

Evelyn J. Cicero
Life Member. Bass
1/23/1921 – 8/11/2018
Survived by friends

Marni Sanders
Member. Copyist
10/1/1969 – 8/3/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Thomas M. Stevens
Life Member. Trumpet
7/29/1938 – 7/15/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Jeffrey A. Sturges
Member. Conductor
1/4/1946 – 7/6/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Patrick M. Williams
Life Member. Composer
4/23/1939 – 7/25/2018
Survived by spouse & son

September 2018 Overture Online: Congratulations 70th Emmy Nominees!

Overture Online
September 2018

Congratulations 70th Emmy Nominees!
Celebrating the musicians of television in Los Angeles

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