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
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Congratulations 2023 Oscar Nominees!

Congratulations 95th Annual Academy Awards nominees! The following film feature original scores and/or tracks scored with members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 in Los Angeles.

Music (Original Score)

  • BABYLON – Justin Hurwitz
  • THE FABELMANS – John Williams

Music (Original Song)

  • “Hold My Hand” from TOP GUN: MAVERICK – Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga and BloodPop

Best Picture


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The 95th Academy Awards will be presented on March 12, 2023, in a ceremony held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and televised on ABC.

Local 47 Inaugurates New Administration

Following our AFM Local 47 Triennial General Election held in December, the following officers were sworn in at the Inaugural Meeting on January 9, 2023*:

  • President: Stephanie O’Keefe
  • Vice President: Marc Sazer
  • Trustees: Bonnie Janofsky, Bill Reichenbach, Douglas Tornquist
  • Directors: John Acosta, Allison Allport, Allen Fogle, Pam Gates, John Lofton, Norman Ludwin
  • Hearing Board: Rachel Berry, Alan Estes, Paula Fehrenbach, Marisa McLeod, Allen Savedoff
  • Delegates to the AFM Convention: Pam Gates, Bonnie Janofsky, Douglas Tornquist
  • First Alternate Delegate: Norman Ludwin
  • Second Alternate Delegate: Allen Fogle*

Trustee Tornquist and Director Ludwin, who were not present at the Inaugural Meeting, took their oaths of office at the January 17 Executive Board Meeting.

On January 17, the Executive Board appointed Gail Kruvand as Interim Secretary/Treasurer to fill the vacancy left by Danita Ng-Poss. A special election to permanently fill the office will take place at our next General Membership Meeting on April 24. At this meeting elections will also take place to fill two vacancies on the Hearing Board and one vacancy on the Election Board.

We congratulate and thank each member of our union’s new administration, and wish everyone a successful term ahead.


TMA SoCal Meeting: Friday, January 27, 2013

Theatre Musicians Association SoCal — the local chapter of the official Player Conference for theater musicians of the American Federation of Musicians — invites all AFM members in the greater Los Angeles and SoCal region to join us for an informational meeting. 

When: Friday, January 27, 10:30am

Where: Zoom virtual meeting Continue reading

Hal Blaine to Receive Star on Walk of Stars Palm Springs

In February 2023, legendary drummer Hal Blaine will posthumously receive his star on the Walk of the Stars Palm Springs.

The ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. on February 6, 2023, the day after what would have been his 94th birthday, at 100 N Palm Canyon Dr. An after-party will be held at Oscar’s restaurant in Downtown Palm Springs. Continue reading

AFM 47 Women in History: ‘Babe Egan and the Hollywood Redheads’

Violinist and bandleader Babe Egan was a vaudeville superstar. In 1929, she was one of the highest paid women in vaudeville, earning $50,000 that year (equivalent to $880,000 today). She performed for tens of millions of theatergoers in the U.S., coast-to-coast, in Canada, and in Europe, and her band was regularly featured on radio. Continue reading

January 2023 Overture Online – Looking to the Road Ahead

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: AFM Local 47 2022 Election Returns
  • 2023: Looking to the Road Ahead
  • Inaugural Meeting + Musicians’ Club Annual Meeting: Monday, January 9 via Zoom
  • Member Spotlight: Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Live Performance/Music Prep Wage Scale Updates for 2023
  • Help Eliminate Late Payments
  • AFM 47 Women in History: Babe Egan and the Hollywood Redheads
  • Announcing the Tony Giaimo Memorial Scholarship
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