What particular “talent” or interest do you bring to the board?
My particular interest is in organizing membership information, and I got a lot of use for that when Carol and I rebuilt and updated the membership list for the new website!
How old were you when you joined the union?
I joined Local 1 in 1965 at age 20.
What instrument (s) do you play?
I’m primarily a vocalist, but also play the piano and drums.
What kind of music do you play?
I specialize in jazz vocals.
What part of town do you live in and for how long have you lived there?
I’ve lived in Pleasant Run Farms (between Fairfield and Springdale) for 11 years.
Are any of your family members musicians?
My father and mother, both deceased, were musicians and my brother is a professional trombonist in California.
What do you enjoy most about your time on the board? I love the learning process of hearing how the local is run and how important it is to support the working conditions of fellow musicians.
How have you seen the union change since you joined?
The union today is not as rigid as it once was in supervising members at their playing venues.
What are the Union’s biggest challenges currently?
There’s a lot to keep up with as the internet is now the place where people “get” their music, with “streaming”, downloading recordings and music. It makes it hard that the “Union” is not the place people necessarily come to hire musicians, who have their own websites. This is especially true in places who hire and maintain “union” houses of employment.
What is your vision for the union in the coming years?
I hope that we can restore the union’s contract protection, when their employer has not negotiated a union contract. I’d also like to encourage young players to join so that the union can help them better their careers.
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