Absolutely guaranteed anonymity – Former Musician’s Union officer


The one voice of reason in a sea of insanity – Nashville ‘first call’
scoring musician


Allows us to speak our minds without fear of reprisal – L.A. Symphonic musician


Reporting issues the Musicians Union doesn’t dare to mention – National touring musician

–haha nobody cares any more and think it’s history!
[EC: Apathy reigns indeed, and a lack of faith in the Local really shows.]

2016 Local 47 General Election

All candidates unopposed, elected by acclamation

President (1): John Acosta
Vice President (1): Rick Baptist
Secretary/Treasurer (1): Gary Lasley
Trustees (3): Judy Chilnick, Dylan Hart, Bonnie Janofsky
Directors (6): Pam Gates, John Lofton, Andy Malloy, Phil O’Connor, Bill Reichenbach,
Vivian Wolf
Hearing Board (7): Alan Estes, Jon Kurnick, Jeff Lass, Norman Ludwin, Helen
Nightengale, Allen Savedoff, Marc Sazer
Delegates to the AFM Convention** (3): Pam Gates, Bonnie Janofsky,
Norman Ludwin
First Alternate Delegate (1): Phil O’Connor
Second Alternate Delegate (1): Vivian Wolf



The Local has stepped up harassment of rank and file members while
letting highly placed players work non-union with impunity.

A case in point:
1) Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) recently went to London and
recorded a three CD set. He brought 4 top tier LA players with
him. (We won’t name them here, let the Local do their own investigating.).
Will those players be held accountable? Of course  not.
Crazy number, like 33 or 43 tunes, cash and carry…… Seth, who
has been extremely loyal to LA’s recording musicians and the AFM,
even he, has sold out to the buyout, gheesh, the membership NEEDS
to know ASAP

[EC: According to sources, Seth was so impressed with one particular
trumpet player that he brought him over here for a concert in

CLOSER TO HOME, we received the following comment:

2) I couldn’t help but notice that a group called “Video Game
Orchestra” with a P.O. box in Boston, the backyard of Local 300
which brought resolution #4, has been placed on the AFM’s
unfair list. While the people in Nashville who were and are doing
non-union video game work (and getting quite a bit of publicity for
doing so), in the local of an IEB member has not been placed
on the unfair list.

[Indeed: Why is Mr. Pomeroy (President of the Nashville Local)
from the IEB giving a pass to those musicians and the AFM is
going after the jurisdiction that dares look to the future?

Another case of blatant hypocrisy.]

and this…..

3) A Local Library company just spent five days at Abby Road in
London recording an orchestral CD of a particular composer’s music.

All of the above could have been done here in Los Angeles had we
had workable buy-out contracts. Thanks to the RMA leadership and
their minions at the Local and the National, we don’t.


Every young composer’s and/or contractor’s website is being
scoured to find pictures of any musician working nonunion in
the studios. Those identified, who are not among the chosen,
are being told they will be charged unless they name names.

As a particularly underhanded and unethical add-on, some
members are being told to sign a letter written by one of
the local’s employees (Not the musician) that specifically
targets a specific member for participation, whether it is
true or not.

Selective enforcement is illegal,
(see page 45 +)
but this Local has been guilty of it again and again, against
those who dare speak up.

So, the Local kisses the ring of the recording leadership,
driving over 85% of the work away, then has the gall to go
after those members who work non-union because they have
NO CHOICE? Well, they do have a choice, get out of music
or work non-union. It is the cowardice and inability of our
local to stand up to this cabal of a very, very few recording
leadership that has brought us to this point.

Until the union makes a serious effort to bring back work for
ALL members, not just the have’s, they should back off those
just trying to make a living and doing what they have to do to
pay their rent, mortgages, bills and feed their families. The Local
should also be ashamed of the disservice to the rank and file
they are guilty of.



the only “groundbreaking” thing about the Sony Playstation
“event’ is that a non-AFM member and non-RMA member
was the orchestra contractor. Yet, it’s the lead story in a pitch
to raise money? Puzzling at best.


Deposition of Dennis Dreith:
Q:”So where is it that you obtained the understanding that if
a company invests in a motion picture and it is not a distribution
deal, that that makes a company, quote, ‘producer’?
A: “That’s my personal view. It comes from discussions with
various people in the industry.”
Full Court Opinion, pg 14



With the upcoming elections…it would be worth the edification of our
brethren to OUT the manipulation and coercion of those that put the
“union” business before those represented.

Anybody that thinks the “Professional Musicians of Hollywood” are
served by giving up our (wholly owed) property only blocks from
the center of gravity in all of film…they are deluded!

What will it cost to OUT the actual actions of Local 47 in this stuff?






are now at Culver City Elks the first 
Friday of every month.


11160 Washington Pl.
Culver City, 90232






Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at

Viva Cantina


900 Riverside Drive, Burbank.

Free parking across the street at Pickwick Bowl. 
Come hear your favorite charts played the way they
should be. 

We are in the back room called the Trailside Room. 

Come on down. Guaranteed to swing.




at the 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Free Concert – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Sunday Concert Series

We are honored to perform a concert for the fifth

consecutive year at the Los Angeles County

Museum of Art.
- Sunday September 18, 2016

6:00 p.m in the Bing Theater


Works will include:

-Festival Overture – Dudley Buck

-Soldier’s Farewell – Charles Fernandez

-Tosca Fantasy – for Alto Saxophone and Band –

Lauren Wasynczuk, Alto Soloist

-Golden Age of the Xylophone

Dean Hinkley, Xylophone Soloist

-America the Beautiful, Arr. C. Dragon

Christina Kushnick Roszhart, Soloist

among others.



Wed SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 at 12:10-12:40 pm

Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts

Violinist Johana Krejci

On Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 12:10-12:40 pm

the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature

violinist Johana Krejci and 
pianist Harout Senekeremian

performing works by 
Leviev and


in the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church,

610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel St)

Glendale, CA 91206.

For more information, email [email protected]

or call (818) 244- 7241.


ASMAC presents Special Guest

Mike Post

@ CATALINA’s Jazz Club

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 – 11:30am

Mike Post…musician, composer, arranger and producer

 long been considered the most successful composer in

television history.  Our luncheon program will cover Mike’s

amazing life and professional accomplishments with the

insight of Don Peake who has known him since he was 16.


Currently being scored under Post’s direction is the

running “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.

Over the years, 
his musical scores have marked dozens

of popular TV
programs, notably “Law & Order”, “Law &

Order Criminal 
Intent”, “NYPD Blue” “The Rockford Files”,

“Magnum PI”,
”Hill Street Blues”, “L.A. Law”, “The A-Team”, “Wiseguy”,
”Hunter”, “The Commish”, “Quantum Leap”,

“Doogie Howser
 MD”, “Blossom”, “Hooperman”, “The White

”Hardcastle & McCormick”, “Byrds of Paradise”,

“News Radio”,
”Silk Stalkings” and “Renegade”.


Theme songs from “The
Rockford Files”, “The Greatest American

Hero”, “Hill Street
Blues” and “L.A. Law” all became chart topping records and
 landed Post four of his five Grammy Awards.  In 1996

he won 
the Emmy for outstanding achievement in Main Title

composition for the critically acclaimed “Murder One”.

 At 24, Post became Musical Director for “The Andy Williams
Show”…the youngest

musician in TV history to hold such a
position. Later he returned

to television as a producer for
”The Mac Davis Show”.  He also

began designing stage shows, 
eventually putting together acts for artists like Dolly Parton 
and Ronny Milsap.  Yet Post’s most visible forte would be
 composing dramatic music for television and film.


In 1968 he
met veteran arranger/trombonist Pete Carpenter. Their initial
 effort was for the TV show “Toma”, Stephen J. Cannell’s first
 series.  It launched the most important musical collaboration
 and friendship of their lives.  They followed up with “The
Rockford Files” (which became a Top 10 single and landed
them each a Grammy), “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, “Hunter” and
”Magnum PI”.  Their partnership ended late in 1987 when
Carpenter died after a long illness.  In 1989 Post worked with 
the BMI Foundation to establish a Pete Carpenter Memorial
 Fund to benefit young composers.

 In addition to scoring, Post has continued to work as a record
producer and arranger.  He’s contributed arrangements to
several Ray Charles LP’s, and produced, arranged and co
wrote (with Stephen Geyer) the Theme from “The Greatest
 American Hero” which became a #1 record for singer Joey
 Scarbury.  In 1981, Post hit the Top 10 again with his own
 recording of “The Theme from ‘Hill Street Blues’,” which 
featured guitarist Larry Carlton.


Don Peake – a long time friend of Mike Post – is a multi
talented musician who has worked as a guitarist, arranger,
record producer, and film music composer.  Starting his
 professional musical career as a guitarist in 1961, when he 
toured as lead guitarist with the Everly Brothers at the age of
 21, playing in the U.S. and Europe for two years. Peake
 returned to L.A. to establish himself as a recording musician, 
and played for many of the legendary performers under Phil
 Spector’s production including The Righteous Brothers -
”You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, Ike and Tina Turner – “
River Deep Mountain High”, as well as recording with Mahalia
 Jackson, Billy Preston, Cannonball Adderly, Marvin Gaye,
and Diana Ross.

Join us for a VERY entertaining day – and bring your questions!


Catalina’s Jazz Club

6725 Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Wed., Sept. 21, 2016

11:30am – 2:00pm




Program Only
(Check-In at 12:30)

Valet Parking: $4.00

Enter on McCadden
 behind Catalina’s


CALL 818-994-4661 or visit

Visit the ASMAC website –

See the new master class, luncheon and interview

DVD’s in the ASMAC store

: Van Alexander, Ray Charles, 
Johnny Mandel, Jorge Calandrelli,
 Bill Ross, Jack Feierman,
 Jimmie Haskell,
Conrad Pope, Chris Walden,
 Sammy Nestico and more.

Download ASMAC luncheon podcasts, and check out the ASMAC blog




Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Friday, September 30, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
Sessions at the Loft/The Wine Closet
2465 Ventura Blvd.
2423 Ventura Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010



San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra

Nov. 19, 2016 – Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Bizet: Carmen Suite #1

Bizet: Symphony in C major

Fernandez: Oboe Concerto
 – Francisco Castillo, oboist

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, 1st mvt.

Thompson Wang, violinist

Contact: Roberta Hoffman, publicist ([email protected])


Other concerts in the series

Jan. 21, 2017 – Tutor Family Center at Chaminade

West Hills

Schumann: Manfred Overture

Mendelssohn: Symphony #3 in A minor (Scottish)

Belling: Music Madly Makes the World Go Round

Inaugural Performance

Cary Belling, violinist

Mar. 18, 2017 – Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Tuttle: By Steam or By Dream Overture

Inaugural Performance

Prokofiev: Symphony #1 in D major (Classical)

Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée for Clarinet, Harp and Strings

Geoff Nudell, clarinetist

Beethoven: Romance for Violin and Orchestra

Domine: Frankenstein Fantasy

Ruth Bruegger, violinist

May 13, 2017 – Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from “Samson and Delilah”

Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in C major

Egizi: Orchestral Suite “In Memoria di Mio Padre”

Inaugural Performance

Programs subject to change


You can read all previous offerings at:



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