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Inside the Pit at the 96th Annual Academy Awards

All photos by/courtesy of Gayle Levant

Rickey Minor, Music Director

Lead Orchestrator Chris Walden with Raj Kapoor – Producer of the Oscars

Harpist Gayle Levant with Music Contractor Kimberlee Wertz

Librarians Nick Casares and Josh Britt with Lead Copyist Booker White 

Assistant Engineer Tom Hardisty with Recording Engineer Tommy Vicari

Lara Wilson (with Sabrina Walden) – Asst to Rickey Minor

96th Annual Academy Awards Orchestra

Pre-record session: Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage, Burbank, CA
Oscars Awards Ceremony: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood CA — March 10, 2024

Music Director
Rickey Minor

Music Contractor
Kimberlee Wertz

Dan Higgins
Jeff Driskill
Jacob Scesney
Glen Berger
Sal Lozano

Wayne Bergeron
Dan Fornero

Andy Martin
Garrett Smith
Juliane Gralle

Wayne Linsey
Dave Delhomme

Carlos del Puerto

Paul Jackson Jr.
Dean Parks

Peter Korpela

Steven Becknell
Laura Brenes
Dylan Skye Hart

Gayle Levant

Daphne Chen (concertmaster)
Charlie Bisharat
Kyle Gilner
Luanne Homzy
Juliette Jones
Songa Lee
Natalie Leggett
Stephanie Matthews
Shalini Vijayan

Leah Katz
Luke Maurer
Lynne Richburg

Timothy Loo
Giovana Clayton
Adrienne Woods

Assistant to Rickey Minor
Lara Wilson

Lead Orchestrator
Chris Walden

Lead Copyist
Booker White

Nick Cazares
Josh Britt

* names of non-AFM members have been omitted


Behind the Scenes at the 95th Annual Academy Awards

AFM Local 47 musicians once played a featured role in Hollywood’s biggest night at the 95th Annual Academy Awards. Rehearsals and pre-records were held at Evergreen Studios in Burbank in preparation for the Oscars awards ceremony that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 12, 2023.

Many thanks to harpist Gayle Levant for sharing these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the rehearsals and live event!

View the musicians roster here: 95th Annual Academy Awards Orchestra

2023 Oscar Night at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood CA

Gayle Levant (harp)

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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


Listen to our #AFM47 2023 Oscars playlist here:


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.

Oscars 2022 Orchestra Highlights Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

by Susan Chatman, AFM Local 47 Diversity Committee

Congratulations to the music production team of the 94th Academy Awards for their hard work and superb artistry.

The music production leaders should also be applauded for their diverse representation of musicians, music styles and performances.

There were close to 120 musicians who performed at the 94th Academy Awards. What is notable was the cultural diversity, blend of musical styles, ages and genders from all over the world. Continue reading

2021 Oscars

Congratulations 93rd Annual Academy Awards nominees! Three of the Best Original Score nominees were scored with members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 in Los Angeles:

  • “Da 5 Bloods” (Terence Blanchard)
  • “Mank” (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
  • “Soul” (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste)

Listen to our “Oscars 2021 – #AFM47” playlist here:

The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 25, televised live on ABC from 5-8 p.m. (PST). 

Oscars 2020

Congratulations to all of this year’s Oscar nominees! All five Best Original Score nominees were scored AFM union musicians — 4 of them with members of AFM Local 47 here in Los Angeles.

  • Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer (AFM Local 47)
  • Marriage Story – Randy Newman, composer (AFM Local 47)
  • 1917 – Thomas Newman, composer (AFM Local 47)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams, composer (AFM Local 47)
  • Little Women – Alexandre Desplat (AFM Local 802)

Listen to these scores here.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 9, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, televised live on ABC starting at 5 p.m. PST. 

Musicians of the 90th Annual Academy Awards


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Gallery photos by Rick Baptist

From composition and music preparation to the scoring stage, musicians bring the heart and soul to motion pictures.

Congratulations to the winners and nominees in the 90th annual Academy Awards featuring music created by AFM Local 47 musicians, and to the incredible house band and music prep team! Continue reading