International Musician

Monthly journal providing news and information for professional musicians. Includes legislation updates and audition notices.

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 6, June

Brave Combo
BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO POLKA BAND HAS GONE BEFOREYou may be a little confused, or even shocked, the first time you hear Brave Combo. Have you ever heard a band play "Louie Louie" as a polka in a minor key, a convincing cumbia complete with phonetically...
Colorado Orchestra Sees Gains
The musicians and management of The Colorado Symphony have reached a new three-year contract that sees moderate gains for musicians. After accepting cuts totaling 24% for the 2009-2010 season (wages cut 12.5%, four paid vacation weeks turned into unpaid...
Fahie Takes a Jazz "Approach" to Playing
Jazz trombonist Mike Fahie of Local 802 (New York City) never has to worry about fighting a case of the Mondays. The trombonist and composer starts every week off the right way, spending his Monday evenings immersed in music, playing his weekly gig at...
From the Mailbag: Thoughts on "Selling Out"
In the March IM I addressed the issue of sometimes having to "sell out" in order to make a decent living as a musician. I received a number of comments on the subject. Here are a few:From Corey Lear-Kaul of Local 20-623 (Denver, CO): I appreciated your...
GoPro Tunes Officially Launched
In response to the enormous trend of self-produced material and dying record label support, the AFM has been working on their own means of distributing member music electronically. The long awaited launch of GoPro Tunes, which has been in beta development...
Learn to Teach: Supplement Your Income with a Private Studio
Successful musicians tend to wear a lot of hats-performer, sideman, producer, studio engineer, composer, and most commonly, music teacher. Teaching is among the most stable and available of revenue streams for pro musicians. In her book The Complete...
Local 11-637 Provides Musical Greetings for Kentucky Derby Visitors
For more than 25 years, travelers through Louisville International Airport during Derby Week have been greeted by live music presented by Local 11-637 (Louisville, KY) musicians. Arriving visitors may encounter a bluegrass group, string quartet, jazz...
Madison Symphony Orchestra Ratifies First-Ever AFM Contract
It's said that good things come to those who wait. For the musicians of Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO), the more than two-year wait to ratify their first AFM contract is finally over-and judging by the overwhelming vote that approved the contract in...
Musicians Form New Mexico Philharmonic
It has been a month since the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (NMSO) announced that they would be filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Despite the devastating news, the musicians organized immediately and within 10 days presented a sold-out performance of Beethoven's...
Preparing for Pamphlet B Negotiations
The Federation's Pamphlet Bagreement was set to expire of its own terms on March 31, 2011, but was extended six months through September 30, 2011 by mutual agreement between the AFM and the Broadway League. The agreement establishes wages and conditions...
Resources
LEARN FROM THE PIANO MASTERSOF POPS, BLUES, JAZZ FROM THE BIG BAND ERAThis book was created from Bill Irwin's personal collection of original magazine sheet music from 80 legends of big band, including Art Tatum, Nat "King" Cole, Count Basie, Duke Ellington,...
RMA Members Attend GRAMMYs on the Hill
April 13-14, RMA members Monisa and David Angell, of AFM Local 257 (Nashville, TN), and I went to Washington, DC, to participate in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) sponsored, GRAMMYs on the Hill.This event brings music industry...
Shares Passion for Drum History
DANIEL GLASSFor Daniel Glass of Local 802 (New York City), the drum set is more than an instrument; it's a way of life. Glass has proven his passion for the drums, not only through a highly acclaimed career as a player, but as an author, historian, and...
Steadfast Local 145 Officer Wayne Morris Retires
On March 31, 2011, in Vancouver, a legend retired. Wayne Morris took off his pullover and jacket and slipped on either his golf shoes or his hip waders, I don't know which, and headed out into a world of deserved recreation. I don't know how long Wayne...
Take Note
CHANGESCANADIAN CONFERENCE-New President Paul LeClair, Local 276; P.O. Box 641; Stn Main; Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A 5N2; Tel 705-254-2210; Fax 705-253-2140LOCAL 67, DAVENPORT, IA-New President Gregory T. Fitzpatrick; Tel: 563-508-5185; E: gregfitzp@msn.comLOCAL...
Union Involvement: It Has to Start Now
More and more, I receive calls of complaint from musicians who are tired of the lack of respect shown to them by clubs, employers, and even other musicians. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Okay, we get it, we all love to play. That's why we practice;...
Versatile West Coast Drummer Takes on Hollywood
Curt Bisquera of Local 47 (Los Angeles) is no stranger to the celebrity spotlight. This drummer began playing gigs in jazz clubs while he was still in middle school. Though he has played with some of the country's most talented musicians, he remains...