April 2022 Overture Online: 125 Years of Service and Progress

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: Happy Birthday to Us! 125 Years of Service and Progress
  • Next General Membership Meeting: April 25, 2022 – Resolution to Amend the Bylaws
  • Spring Membership Drive – Spread the Word!
  • Member Spotlight: William Roper
  • At the Local: Meet Membership / Work Dues Specialist Amber O’Donnell
  • Feeling Career Burn-Out? Attend the Musicians Career Support Group

    and more!


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Final Note: Robert G. Bornstein

Life Member. Orchestrator
5/14/1928 – 2/18/2022

Robert G. (Bob) Bornstein, the legendary music arranger and orchestrator, died peacefully in his sleep at home with his wife and loving caregivers by his side on February 18, 2022, after living with dementia for seven years. Bob was renowned in the entertainment industry, having worked on more than 600 films, countless television shows and the Academy Awards for 32 years. He worked with some of the industry’s top composers including Bill Conti, James Horner, Danny Elfman, Marvin Hamlisch, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Randy Newman, Nelson Riddle, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Continue reading

Final Note: Charles H. Deremo

Former Life Member. Alto/Tenor Saxophone
9/5/1929 – 12/17/2020

by Jean Deremo

For any former — surviving – big band musicians and friends who have many fond memories of it all — circa 1940s, ‘50s, ‘60s. 

Please remember a most talented, fine musician from those eras, Charles H. Deremo — tenor sax/flute (known to most all of us as Charlie!). Continue reading

Work Dues billings

Local 47 is currently processing work dues — previously unbilled — based on wages paid directly during the pandemic years 2020 and 2021.

The Local, faced with a severely reduced staff, chose to focus on making sure wages and benefits were paid, deferring work dues billing.

Thank you for your patience.

March 2022 Overture Online: Celebrating Empowerment and Opportunity – Women’s History Month

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY – Women’s History Month: Celebrating Empowerment and Opportunity
  • Member Spotlight: Alanis Morissette
  • In the Studio With Jack Jones, John Clayton & Friends
  • Strengthen Your Union: Renew Your 2022 Dues by 3/31
  • Rehearsal Rooms Update
  • AFM Local 47 & Musicians’ Club 2020 Audit Reports Now Posted
  • Next General Membership Meeting: April 25
  • & more!

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Final Note: Joseph Diorio

Life Member. Guitar
8/6/1936 – 2/2/2022

by Dr. Len Bergantino, retired Local 47 member and retired clinical psychiatrist

Joe Diorio died on February 2, 2022 at the age of 85. Joe was known as the jazz guitar players’ jazz guitar player! He was the one jazz guitar players thought was the best. He suffered from a stroke in 2005. When I asked him if he would miss being top man and not playing jazz, he said, “I’m just glad to be alive!” He once gave me a painting he did which said, “All the animals in the jungle except man known that the principle business of life is to enjoy it!”

AFM Local 47 Musicians Elect Marc Sazer as New Vice President

Marc Sazer has been elected the new vice president of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47, following the resignation of longtime vice president Rick Baptist.

Sazer, who was nominated alongside Kirstin Fife and Bonnie Janofsky, assumed office immediately upon the special election vote tally and certification by the election board during the union’s membership meeting on Jan. 24, 2022. He now serves as vice president alongside President Stephanie O’Keefe and Secretary/Treasurer Danita Ng-Poss, both of whom were elected at the union’s most recent general election in December 2020. Continue reading

February 2022 Overture Online: Black History Month – Reflections

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY – Black History Month: Reflections
  • Marc Sazer Elected New Vice President
  • Member Spotlight: India.Arie
  • AFM Local 47 Diversity Committee
  • Act Now to Support #FairPlay for All Music Creators!
  • Live/Prep Wage Scale Updates for 2022
  • & more!

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