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General Membership Meeting: April 24, 2023

On the Agenda (subject to change):

– Presentation of 50-Year Pins
– Special Election to Fill Vacancy for Secretary/Treasurer
– Special Election to Fill Two Vacancies on the Hearing Board
– Special Election to Fill Two Vacancies on the Election Board
– Voting on Resolution to Amend the Bylaws (Life Membership Eligibility)
– Officer Reports
– Old and New Business

Open to all AFM Local 47 members in good standing. Continue reading

Final Note: Dennis Budimir

Life Member. Guitar
6/20/1938 – 1/9/2023

Honoring Dennis Budimir

by his daughter, Juliann Budimir

It is hard to give voice to the loss,
To give words to the ache that forever echoes in my heart since
My beloved Pop, Dennis Budimir, passed away in our arms,
My Mom and I at his side.

Dennis Budimir, beloved husband, father, and legendary jazz and studio guitarist, passed away on January 9, 2023. He was an incredible father to me and a loving, devoted husband to my mom. We are blessed by his eternal love. It is incredibly difficult to write about his passing and to put into words our monumental loss. Dennis Budimir’s musical biography is truly extensive; we are grateful to those who have documented his outstanding career and have given insight into his tremendous artistry. Continue reading

House of Labor Unanimously Passes Resolution in Favor of Union Musicians

At the Feb. 27, 2023 House of Labor meeting of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, delegates voted unanimously in favor of a resolution put forward by AFM Local 47 President Stephanie O’Keefe calling for all musicians hired for LA Fed events to be union musicians.

Further, the resolution calls for the LA Fed to ask all constituency groups and the California Federation of Labor to pass a similar resolution. Continue reading

Hal Blaine Strikes Again! Legendary Wrecking Crew drummer receives star on Palm Springs Walk of the Stars

Photo by Lucius Gallo. “The Wrecking Crew!” filmmaker Denny Tedesco (son of guitarist Tommy Tedesco), drummer Clem Burke (of Blondie fame), Hal’s nephew Michael Kravitz, and fellow Wrecking Crew keyboard legend Don Randi.

by Linda A. Rapka

Legendary Wrecking Crew drummer and Local 47 Life Member Hal Blaine posthumously received his star on the Walk of the Stars Palm Springs at a convivial ceremony on February 6, the day after what would have been his 94th birthday. Continue reading

March 2023 Overture Online: Music in Our Schools Month

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: GRAMMY Museum Announces Music in Our Schools Month
  • #WhyUnion? Share Your Answers!
  • Member Spotlight: Hal Blaine Strikes Again! Acclaimed drummer receives posthumous star on Palm Springs Walk of Stars
  • Announcing the Inaugural AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival
  • LA Fed Passes Resolution on Union Music; Names New AFM 47 Delegates
  • American Music Fairness Act Reintroduced in Congress
  • Auditions: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
and more!

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Final Note: Michael Grego

6/26/1957 – 2/3/2023
Life Member. Clarinet

Michael Grego, clarinet, passed away on February 3, 2023. Michael was born in Montebello, CA, attended St. Stephen School in Monterey Park, and graduated from Loyola High School in 1975. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 from Loyola Marymount University. He graduated with a Master of Music in 1983 and a Doctor of Musical Arts in 1991, both from USC. He attended the Music Academy of the West where he studied with his principal teacher, Mitchell Lurie. Continue reading

February 2023 Overture Online: Black History Month

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: Black History Month 2023: Black Resistance
  • AFM Local 47 Welcomes New Administration
  • Member Spotlight: Raphael Saadiq
  • AFM Entertainment – Free Referral Service for Members
  • ‘Let’s Talk Film, TV & Video Streaming’ Zoom Event – Feb. 9
  • Awards Season: Congratulations 2023 Grammy & Oscar Nominees!
  • Auditions: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
and more!

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