Join us at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 7th and Race Streets, to help launch Martin’s new book ‘Before I Forget, stories and thoughts of a clarinet playing academic’.  The date is Sunday, April 14 at 4PM.  Free street parking on Sunday.  The book is published by Cincinnati Book Publishing.  Check them out at  Join Martin and Victoria for some literary and musical fun.

The quarterly general business meeting of the Cincinnati Musicians’ Association was called to order on March 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM.

23 members were present.

The reading of the December meeting minutes was waived.



I.  Welcome

  • President Frankenfeld (Paul) welcomed the members and introduced Board Officers and Trustees that were present.

II.  Constitution

  • Paul provided background information on the process of the constitution revisions. Three years ago a committee was established to begin the revision.  The Board has completed their revisions.  In accordance with the current constitution the revised constitution must be sent to the general membership for approval.  To pass the revisions a quorum of 30 members would be required for a vote.  The new constitution would then be sent to the IEB for final approval.
  • Discussion included questions from members Michael Meloy and Brian Deyo, who asked if we could receive a waiver from the IEB and do the voting through the mail.  Since the revised constitution can be found on the membership side of the website a hard copy could be provided to anyone who does not have an email address or those requesting a hard copy.  This would keep the cost down for printing and mailing.  Pat Nott pointed out that if the IRS can accept electronic submissions and electronic signatures that voting this way would make sense.  Paul explained that it was a Department of Labor issue that requires the in-person aspect but he was willing to seek a waiver from the IEB.  Dave Haldeman asked who does the audit for the organization.  Paul answered that John Layne is the current auditor.  Barb Lambert added that John Layne has requested we consider hiring a back up for Rhonda.


III. Convention

  • Paul reminded the members that the AFM convention would take place in July in Las Vegas.  Paul Frankenfeld (President), Carol Dunevant (Secretary), and Rebecca Andres (elected delegate) will be attending.  Barb Lambert will be attending as an observer.
  • The AFM is struggling with membership and is examining ways of increasing relevance. There has been a definite decline in the recording industry and smaller numbers of new members.  In addition it is consolidating smaller locals with larger ones.  Local 1 has absorbed Portsmouth and Hamilton as a result of consolidation done by the national office.

IV.  National and Local news

  • San Francisco is on strike and both Minnesota and the St. Paul groups are locked out.  The CSO is working hard to have interaction between players and Board members to increase personal connections.
  • Opportunities for freelance players are slim and in decline.  This is due to the increase of DJs and increase in electronics.
  • Paul provided an update on the Horseshoe Casino and his hopes that it will increase opportunities for freelance musicians in the area.
  • There are lobbying efforts going on in Washington that focus on radio rights.  It would affect large companies and not the smaller, non-profit stations.




  1. A heartfelt thank you was given that Local #1 was able to absorb the Hamilton Local.


Meeting adjourned at 8:23PM.


The regular meeting of the Board of Directors’ of the Cincinnati Musicians’ Association was called to order on March 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM.

Joe Gaudio and Mike Andres were absent due to personal matters.

The minutes of March 4, 2013 were approved.








Holly Attar

Pamela Ryan

ERASED:           NONE




  • The conversation regarding sub lists continues.  Paul will be presenting guidelines to the Board for examination.
  • There is a concern about player contributions to Artswave.  Although 100 percent of the players are making contributions some are only putting $1 towards the Artswave campaign.  Paul is trying to find a way to increase donations from the players.
  • Sherry Hoffman, the individual in charge of royalties for Sirius Radio, has contacted Paul.  The Cincinnati Pops recordings have reached the level where there will be some royalties being paid.  She has requested rosters dating back to 1984.  The Pops have sold 10.4 million recordings since 1984.

II.  Horseshoe Casino

  • Paul was unable to meet with the management.  Contracts being offered to local musicians are similar to what might be given to a construction worker due to insurance expectations.  Paul will be contacting our insurance agent and obtaining a rider on our policy which would cover the musicians.
  • There will be live music in the restaurants and the casino will be doing live shows.
  • Lynne Scott and Lou Lausche pointed out that parking is very inconvenient for musicians for unloading and loading equipment.



I.  Miscellaneous

  • A National By-Law states that all members need to be in good standing at their place of residence.  There appears to be a number of players that are being hired in other jurisdictions who belong to Local #1 and are not current in their dues.  This will come up for further discussion.


  • The Gala will be held April 5, 2013.




See attached B 24086-24107

Next meeting scheduled for Monday, April 8 at noon.


Meeting adjourned at 6:33PM.

Bud passed away on February 22, 2013 at the age of 85.  He had been a member of the CMA for 50 years.  Bud was a graduate of Roger Bacon High School and played ‘Big Bands’ under Ray McKinley and Al Cassidy.  His career also included playing with Jimmy Jones, Barney Rapp, Burt Farber, Clyde Trask, Bobby Guyer, Cliff Lash, Charlie Kehrer and both Wagner Bands.

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors’ of the Cincinnati Musicians’ Association was called to order on March 4, 2013 at 3:28 PM.

Mike Andres was absent due to illness.

The minutes of the February 18, 2013 were approved as amended.


Eric Louie, Bassoon







Mark Dinkelaker

Jim Sherrick

Bud Riser

Pierson Dejager



Heejin Yoon

Mark Tollefson





I.  Horseshoe Casino

  • Paul reported that he would be attending the opening as a member of the AFL-CIO Labor Committee.  It appears that large acts will be performing at the new casino and will be interested in finding out how many might be self contained acts and how many might be able to provide employment to area musicians.
  • Paul will be attending at meeting on April 12, 2013 for ArtsWave to discuss the potential impact of the casino.

II.  Pension

  • There is still some issue with American Public Radio and the CSO for the broadcasts aired on the show SymphonyCast.  Paul will keep the Board informed.



  • Paul will be holding a meeting with the five string principals regarding the sub call order and has asked the Board to consider the issue for the next meeting.

IV.  Meeting with Hal Ponder and Sherrod Brown

  • The meeting did not take place as planned but may be in the future.


I.Piano Spider Dolly

  • A small, used dolly was purchased for the piano so that it can be moved around the new office space more easily.



See attached B 24074 – 24085

Next meeting scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 5:30PM. The Quarterly General Membership Meeting will follow it at 7:00PM.


Meeting adjourned at 4:08PM.