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



This local, and by extension the AFM has a habit of illegally
charging members for things that are not mentioned in the
They pull these (non-existent) rules out of thin air, and charge
members, hoping they won’t know any better and just go along.

Well, going along is happening less and less. More people
are looking at the bylaws and rules and calling the Local
on their illegal actions.

The latest example was Charles Fernandez forcing the Local
to refund his Annual dues after he was told there was
a policy that allowed the Local to double charge if the
person going fi-core had made the mistake of paying
member dues in full and going fi-core.

Not true, there was not and still isn’t policy allowing the
double charging of people who choose fi-core.

REMEMBER THAT folks! If you go fi-core they cannot
keep your membership dues and ask you to pay the full
fi-core fee.



Conductors can conduct any recording session, union or
non-union. If you are charged, it is an illegal, illegitimate

There is no ‘conductors’ wing of the AFM. There is no mention
of conductors in the AFM bylaws as to conducting recording
sessions. Nothing, nada. If they try to tell you otherwise.
demand they show you where it says that
in the bylaws. They cannot, it is not there.

Some years ago they charged Austin Wintory for conducting
on a session in Dallas. It was an illegal charge, but he wrongly
assumed (probably told by a dishonest Local employee)
that it was a legit offense, and he paid a fine, something
he never should have done.

They pulled the same stunt on Charles Fernandez, and those
charges ultimately had to to be dismissed and they manufactured
more fake charges against him that cost him a lot of money.

They currently have charges against another conductor for
conducting on a nonunion session. It’s an illegal charge,
the conductor knows it, the local knows it, but they’re
continuing to harass him.

No shame…



Likewise, there is no “composers” wing to the AFM.

Any composer can work anywhere, anytime for
anyone. The AFM has no say. If they try to
tell you you’re doing something wrong, you
can tell them where to put their charges.

So they have targeted several conductor/
composers recently, all illegally, but
we’ve just gotten a picture from Nashville
showing a very popular film composer
working with the non-union group there.

No worries though, this composer is part
of the “Club”, so they will never say a word.

Such is the dishonesty and two-faced
nature of the Local and the AFM.





are now at Culver City Elks

the first 
Friday of 
every month.


11160 Washington Pl.

Culver City, 90232





Double Concerto for Bass Trombone and Tuba
This Saturday April 7th at 7:30pm.
The Azusa Pacific University Wind Ensemble will be
performing my Double Concerto for Tuba and Bass
Trombone at the:

Bonita Center for the Performing Arts on the
campus of San Dimas High School.


800 W Covina Blvd,
San Dimas, CA 91773

Rich Bullock Bass Trombone
Performed and recorded with the Don

Ellis Orchestra from 1975-1978. Joined

Bill Watrous’ Refuge West Big Band

in 1978 and, after a hiatus of several

years in the 1980’s, continues to be a
regular member of the band to this day

(WHO’S GOT THE HEAT?). Toured with

Harry James and Al Hirt in 1980. Since

the early 1980’s has also performed and/or

recorded with the big bands of Tom Kubis,

Gordon Goodwin, Paul Cacia, Bill Perkins, Matt

Catingub, Ladd McIntosh, Woody Herman (post

Woody), Jack Sheldon, George Graham, George

Stone, Joey Altruda, Wayne Bergeron, Buddy

Bregman, Chris Walden, Dirk Fischer, Gary Urwin,

Scott Whitfield, Phil Woods, Alan Broadbent, the

Ron Jones Influence Jazz Orchestra and the Stan

Kenton Alumni Orchestra under the direction of

Mike Vax. Has been a trombonist (and vocalist,

sort of) with Tracy Wells’ Big Band since 1975.


Popular artists performed or recorded with include

Peaches and Herb (remember disco?), Bob Welch,

the LA Boppers, Toni Tennille (with Matt Catingub),

Chicago (with Bill Watrous), Natalie Cole, Steve Allen

(with Tom Kubis), Johnny Mathis, Bobby Caldwell, Lou

Rawls, Paul Anka, Bernadette Peters, Steve Lawrence

and Eydie Gorme, Robert Goulet, Collin Raye, Lorna

Luft, Patti Austin, Michael Bolton, Chris Botti, Luis

Miguel and many more. Since the late 1970’s has been

more or less (mostly less) involved with freelance motion

picture and television recording. Was a frequent performer

for the Long Beach Civic Light Opera from 1985-1995.

Has performed occasionally with the Long Beach Opera,

Opera Pacific, Long Beach Symphony and Pacific

Symphony since the late 1980’s. Performed with the

Long Beach Municipal Band as a regular member and

substitute from 1973 (pre-Proposition 13) until 2007.

Was part of  the all-star band that performed for the

world premiere of the show “Like Jazz” at the Mark

Taper Forum from November 2003 to January 2004.

Has recently been working on the scores for the animated

series “Family Guy” and “American Dad”

John van Houton
Ranked among the first call tubists in the top recording

city of Los Angeles, John Van Houten is best known as a

tubist, contractor & orchestra manager, and teacher, Van

Houten has performed on several major television shows

and popular movie soundtracks including “Family Guy”,

“The Simpsons”, Hulk, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek,

the award winning UP, and Ratatouille. He has taught at

prestigious institutions throughout Southern California,

and has performed with some of the finest musicians

in the world.


Concert begins at 7:30pm with a 20 minute set of three

short pieces with members of the Orange Lutheran High

School Band/Orchestra, a quick intermission, then Azusa

Pacific University Wind Ensemble will perform.



Coming to Vibrato April 11th @ 7:30pm

The Fabulous Grammy Nominated

reminiscent of the refreshing sounds of
West Coast Jazz.

Los Angeles, CA.90077

Reservations call 310-474-9400

Rogers & Hart, George

Shearing, Benny Goodman,
Hank Mancini, Debussy,

Joseph Kosma, Billy Strayhorn, Jimmy Forrest,

Stanley Turrentine
Bob Nolan and others.





Sanford Hinderlie and Tom van der Geld in concert!
Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m
Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall
Loyola’s main campus
Admission is free
Coming back to New Orleans after several concerts in Europe this year
Sanford Hinderlie and Tom van der Geld perform a jazz duo concert for piano
and vibraphone. Tom and Sandy are performing original compositions, both
new and from the 40+ years each has contributed to the world of jazz.
This concert is sponsored in part by the State of Louisiana Board of Regents Support Funds
for Louisiana Artists and Scholars (ATLAS)




The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at the Seattle Film Institute
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Learn from Industry Professionals
All PNWFS faculty are active professional film and
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Our Program Features:
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