Announcing the Irving R. Bush Trumpet Scholarship

Irving Bush playing trumpet circa 1952 prior to his tenure with the L.A. Philharmonic.

Irving Bush playing trumpet circa 1952 prior to his tenure with the L.A. Philharmonic.

To All High School, College, and Trumpet Students:

Do you live in Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County?

What is your performance/playing background?

Are you currently a member of the Musicians Union Local 47? No! Well now’s your chance!

How would you like to join Local 47 for free? That’s right… FREE!

Local 47 offers numerous benefits to its members:
• Negotiates for fair working wages
• Pension plan
• Health & Welfare benefits
• On-site rehearsal studios
• Subscription to Overture Magazine (official publication of AFM Local 47)



In 50 words or less, tell us why you would like to join Local 47. Each letter will be personally reviewed by Local 47 professional trumpet players. One letter will be selected and deemed the winner!*

Your one-year membership and initiation fee will be paid in full and will begin January 1, 2017.

Submission deadline: November 30, 2016

Send your application submissions to:

Irving R. Bush Memorial Scholarship
c/o Rick Baptist, AFM Local 47
817 Vine St. Hollywood CA 90038
* This offer is made possible through the Irving R. Bush Memorial Fund.

About Irving R. Bush

Mr. Bush was born in L.A. and at age 16 joined Local 47. He received his BA and MA at Cal State University Los Angeles. His career encompassed playing with top name big bands, studio work, motion picture dates, and record dates. For years he enjoyed being Nat King Cole’s personal lead trumpet player. In 1962 “Irv” joined the LA Philharmonic as Associate Principal Trumpet. He designed a line of mouthpieces for trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn and piccolo and still found time to write a book titled “Artistic Trumpet Technique and Study” (revised in 1995 as “Trumpet Players Blow With Good Vibrations”). He was a design consultant for Benge Trumpet located in Burbank and The Olds Company – Trumpet Division. He taught trumpet at Cal State LA and USC. Throughout his entire musical career he remained a dedicated and active member of the Musicians Union Local 47.