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Statement in support of UTLA from AFM Local 47

LOS ANGELES (January 14, 2019) — American Federation of Musicians Local 47 proudly stands with the thousands of brave workers who are striking for our communities, our families and our children.

Members of the United Teachers Los Angeles union are taking a stand to be treated with dignity and respect. The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest in the country, yet our schools are painfully underfunded, understaffed, and overcrowded. Continue reading

Musicians support UTLA teachers!

Statement in Support of UTLA from AFM Local 47

The teachers of LAUSD are fighting for the schools our students deserve. They want to lower class sizes across all grades. They need more resources in our classrooms and to improve school safety. They want to have more instructional time and fewer standardized tests.

But the DISTRICT is saying NO to all of these demands.

Our teachers alone cannot bring about a better future for our kids. If an agreement is not reached, UTLA teachers are prepared to strike January 14. Continue reading

Musicians Helping Musicians

Months of hard work in physical therapy paid off, allowing Kevin Brandon (“Brandino”) to say goodbye to his wheelchair and move around on foot with the aid of a walker. “I can walk now because of Kaiser Permanente,” Brandon says.

Member-led health education committee strives to serve those in need

Known professionally as Brandino, bassist extraordinaire Kevin Brandon has enjoyed a long and varied career full of successes.

But it didn’t come easy.

Born with congenital clubfeet and a hip displacement, Brandon has used his musical successes to support those with handicaps and special needs. He has long made it a primary mission in his life to spread awareness and assist with fundraisers in order to inspire and help those in need to acquire information and access resources to improve their quality of life. Continue reading

January 2019 Overture Online: Back in the Game 🎮

AFM hits reset button on Video Game Agreement

AFM Local 47 2018 Election Returns
Congratulations to our newly elected union officials!

The Virtual Orchestra – 30 Years Later
An overview from TMA SoCal

Musicians Helping Musicians
Member-led health education committee strives to serve those in need

and more!

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In Memoriam: January 2019

Mickey Wayne Jones
Life Member. Drums
6/10/1941 – 2/7/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Sidney M. Lazar
Life Member. Trumpet
8/2/1926 – 11/3/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Cecil J. (“Big J”) McNeely
Life Member. Saxophone
4/29/1927 – 9/16/2018
Survived by daughters & family

Roger L. Neumann
Life Member. Saxophone
1/3/1941 – 11/28/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Laura J. Pearson
Member. Viola
5/16/1984 – 10/2/2018
Survived by spouse & child

Final Note: Sidney Marvin Lazar

Life Member. Trumpet
8/2/1926 – 11/3/2018

Talented musician, dedicated teacher, devoted husband, beloved father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, Sid Lazar passed away at home at the age of 92.

He was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended L.A. High School, then graduated, cum laude, from USC. He later received his M.A. from CSU Northridge. Continue reading

Final Note: Joe Osborn

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Former Member. Electric Bass
8/28/1937 – 12/18/2018

by Hal Blaine, Life Member, AFM Local 47

We are all shocked at the news that “the gentle giant of the Fender bass” has left the world, leaving a musical resume that will live on forever. Joe Osborn has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Continue reading