To All Members of Local 1 of the American Federation of Musicians;


Recently Local 1 experienced the theft of a laptop computer that contained membership files. A meeting of the Board was called as soon as the theft was reported. The National Office of the AFM was contacted and the Board was advised to secure protection against identity fraud for the members before informing those affected. The protection is retroactive to the date of the theft of the computer, as well as for one year from the date of the letter.


In accordance with Ohio law, once AllClear was engaged, a 45-day window (excluding days without mail) is provided to contact those affected. Because of heavy volume of mail this time of year, some letters may be delayed. Please read the letter carefully, and feel free to contact the toll-free AllClear call center if you have questions.   Please do not call Rhonda with questions – thank you.


The Trustees and Officers of the Cincinnati Musicians Association felt strongly that an orderly and safe sequence of events occur so that the members could be safely protected. AllClear Identity Protection is extremely precise in its requirements, and there were some delays in the preparations. Despite the six weeks it has taken to send out the notifications, the Trustees and Officers are confident that AllClear Identity Protection is the best choice of companies offering this service. AllClear has provided protection for many large retailers who have suffered breaches that were announced in the press. The terms of our contract do not permit us to name them, but one sells home improvement goods and another is a major package delivery service.


In closing, we are confident that AllClear will provide swift and effective service in the unlikely event that any of the personal information contained in the stolen device is used to create fraudulent accounts or access other personal data files. Where we regret that the car was vandalized and burglarized, the safety and security of our members past and present has been, and shall continue to be, our primary concern.


Paul R. Frankenfeld, President, for The Officers and Trustees of the Cincinnati Musicians Association

Hello! This is just a reminder that if you have made any recent changes in your contact information it is possible for you to update your own profile on the website. If you have never logged on to the new site, or need help, please let me know!

While you are on the site you can cheek out the minutes from the last general membership meeting that was held on March 31. The main topic was ‘Focus on Freelancers’ and we would love to get your feedback. If you are a freelance musician we want to hear from you. Check out the minutes for topics,comments, and other concerns.

Please note that you can enter information for events/performances. Information is not published immediately so make sure you submit information at least 1 week in advance. Be sure to provide all details, such as time, date, location (addresses are a must to allow a map to be generated) and any other details you want to share.

Gratified by the Greater Cincinnati community’s response in the year and half since they began showcasing the area’s top jazz performers, Washington Platforms Saloon and Restaurant has decided it’s time to expand the Washington Platform Jazz Series to Saturday nights. They began March 1 and will be offering live jazz, from Latin to vocal, and from straight-ahead to groove jazz. Look for some out-of-town players to be featured in coming weeks as well.

Their mission remains the same as it was in the beginning: to give the city a jazz venue for grownups; a place where folks can gather to hear solid, consistent live small-group jazz, to meet friends, to have an enjoyable and interesting meal and some honest drinks and a place where musicians like to play and listeners like to listen.

Washington Platform serves as a bridge between downtown and Over-the-hine, offering a civilized spot for folks to drop in and have a meal or drinks before or after symphony, ballet, theater, or art events. They serve food until 11PM on weekends and cocktails, of course, until closing. Patrons can park safely, for free, in the lot just across Elm Street on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Jazz runs from 9PM to midnight and there is no cover. There is a $10 food/beverage minimum.

Dear Members of Local 1, colleagues, and Friends:
From a telephone call with Gregrick Frey earlier today, it is with deep sorrow that I share the news of the passing of his father, Cincinnati Musicians Association President Emeritus, Eugene V. Frey. Greg and his sister, Karen, enjoyed a visit to Cincinnati over the past weekend to see Gene, and explained that he slipped away peacefully in his sleep this morning.
Eugene V. Frey’s accomplishments were enormous and varied. A gifted clarinet player from Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Frey first joined the Armco Band in 1937, and, while a student at the Cincinnati College of Music in 1939, where he completed a Master of Music, was engaged by Eugene Goossens as Second Clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Following service with the US Army during the Second World War, Mr. Frey returned to Cincinnati to resume his career with the Cincinnati Symphony. After a contentious election for the presidency of the Cincinnati Musicians Association in December of 1957, Eugene Frey resigned his position with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to assume the office. He remained President until January of 2010, when he became President Emeritus. During the fifty-two years of his tenure, Mr. Frey oversaw the negotiation of all local freelance, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, and Cincinnati Symphony contracts.  In addition to initiating an annual Musicians’ Ball that showcased local bands and raised membership dues for 50-year union members, he created a booking agency for Local 1 and founded a concert funding program, Bravo Music, Inc. Mr. Frey served on the Executive Boards of both the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.   On the national level, he was a member of the International Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians and an Employee Trustee of the American Federation of Musicians Employer Pension Fund. Passionately dedicated to the welfare of the members of his union local, Eugene Frey assisted musicians in times of need and crisis. He established a Red Cross shelter at the site of the Beverly Hills fire in 1977, and provided access to counseling services for all he served. He was a mentor to labor leaders locally and nationally, and was a constant source of inspiration to AFM President Emeritus Thomas F. Lee, as well as current AFM President Raymond Hair, Jr. Named after the great labor activist Eugene V. Debs, Eugene V. Frey created a legacy of dignity and honor on behalf of musicians and union members everywhere that shall endure for generations.
Eugene Frey was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Cavell Frey, in 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Karen, and son, Gregrick, who reside in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Paul R. Frankenfeld, President, Cincinnati Musicians Association
Local 1, American Federation of Musicians

I just got the news that Gene Frey, President emeritus of the CMA died peacefully in his sleep early this morning, Aug. 29. He had been suffering from congestive heart failure. His children, Gregrick and Karen had just spent the weekend with him. Funeral arrangements are pending. Look for news here.

This weekend (April 26-27) the CSO recognized three members who have reached their 25-year anniversary as a member of the orchestra.  Tom Sherwood, Stacey Woolley, and Pete Norton are to be congratulated on this milestone.

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 CCO will be featuring CCM Professor Emeritus Rick VanMatre for the world premiere of renowned composer (and CMA member) Frank Proto’s Concerto No. 2 for Saxophone and Orchestra.  This is a CCO commission and the concert is scheduled for Sunday, March 3 at 2PM at the Corbett Theater in the School for Creative and Performing Arts.  Tickets are $15.  The school is located at the corner of Elm and Central Parkway.

Finally there has been legislation passed that allows people transporting large instruments on airplanes to carry them on board planes without being hassled (or so we hope): article

After many years at our current address the office of the Cincinnati Musician’s Association we have moved.  The new address is 644 Linn Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203, Suite 1200. Be sure to stop by and see the space.  You will be delighted with the improvement! Phone and email remain the same. Directions