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Jazz Appreciation Month 2019, Apr 28

Albany Musicians’ Association, Inc. 
with the Music Performance Trust Fund 
proudly presents our celebration of the 
19th Annual Jazz Appreciation Month
created at the Smithsonian Institute in 2001

April 28, 2019 — 2:00-6:00 pm
Colonie Elks Club, 11 Elks Lane,Latham, NY 12110
518-785-3557

Personnel TBA

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Classical Showcase 2019, Mar 3

AFM Local 14 Classical Showcase

March 3, 2019 1:00-3:00pm
New York State Museum
New York State Museum Cultural Education Center 222 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12230

Personnel TBA

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General Member Mtg Rescheduled: Weds, Feb 13

Dear Fellow Local 14 members,

We have rescheduled the makeup meeting for this coming Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00 at the Joseph Zaloga American Legion Post, 4 Everett Road in Albany, just 300 or so feet north of I-90 exit 5 (Everett Road).

We’ve checked the weather along with the post’s schedule, and according to the weather forecasters, there should be a storm on Tuesday that ends by Wednesday morning. The roads should be clear well before our meeting.

As always, our main concern is your safety, so please check your email before heading out. I will post either way whether the meeting is on, no later than 3:00 PM.

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association
4th VP, Eastern Conference of Musicians

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Tonight’s Member Mtg Canceled! (Feb 6)


President John Van Voris has announced that tonight’s membership meeting at Zaloga Post has been postponed.

In Solidarity,

Linda Ellen Brown

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General Membership Mtg Rescheduled to Weds, Feb 6

Dear fellow Local 14 members:

I hope you are all safely dug out and warm.

We will be having the make up for the General Membership Meeting this coming Wednesday, February 6th at the Zaloga Post at 7:00 PM. The meeting will go for an hour, and at 8:00 there will be a free buffet with socializing and networking.

The Zaloga post is 250 or so feet North of Exit 5 (Everett Road) off I-90, and the address for your GPS is 4 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205. 

We have a bunch of things to go over, so I hope you can make it!

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association
Local 14 – American Federation of Musicians
4th VP, Eastern Conference of Musicians

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Tonight’s Membership Mtg Postponed

Dear Fellow Local 14 members:

We have to postpone tonight’s General Membership Meeting. I’ve been watching the weather reports and radar all morning, and it looks like the brunt of the snow will hit Albany when we all are traveling to and from the meeting.

Diane will be in touch with the Zaloga post to get us a make up date, hopefully next week. 

I’ll let you know as soon as I can on the new date.

Stay safe and warm tonight!

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association
Local 14 – American Federation of Musicians
4th VP, Eastern Conference of Musicians

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Transition: Richard O’Neil

Dear fellow Local 14 members:

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of longtime member Richard O’Neil over the weekend. In addition to being a terrific bassist, Richard is the father of Local 14 cellist Andre O’Neil.The family will be planning a memorial service sometime this spring. I’ll keep you informed as I receive information.

On a personal note, I was fortunate to play in several ensembles with Richard through the years, and he was always friendly, a terrific player, and always the smartest guy in the room. When I became president, I consulted with Richard on the best way to run meetings, because I was sure he knew Roberts Rules of Order, and had been involved with many meetings throughout the years. He was very encouraging, and supported me to throw “the rules” out the window and be myself.  

He will be missed.

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association
Local 14 – American Federation of Musicians
4th VP, Eastern Conference of Musicians
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General Membership Mtg Tues., 1/29, 7 PM

Dear fellow Local 14 members:
I just want to remind you that we have a general membership meeting tomorrow, 1/29/19 at 7:00 PM, with a free buffet at 8:00. It will be held at the Zaloga American Legion Post, 4 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205. We have several important matters to discuss and vote on, so please be there if you can.

There is snow in the forecast, so please check your email before heading out. I will send an email no later than 4:00 tomorrow letting you know either way whether the meeting is being held. 

If you still haven’t paid your dues, please mail them out ASAP, and save me a phone call reminder. Thanks!

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association
Local 14 – American Federation of Musicians 
4th VP, Eastern Conference of Musicians

 
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Transition: Maurice “Mo” Rancourt on November 25, 2018

Dear fellow Local 14 members,

On Sunday, long time Local 14 member, and good friend to many of us, Maurice “Mo” Rancourt passed away. He was known for his terrific jazz trumpet playing, his spot on impression of Louis Armstrong singing, and his positive demeanor.

The board will be sending flowers to the funeral on behalf of all of us.

Mo’s obituary can be found at:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bennington/obituary.aspx?n=maurice-andre-rancourt&pid=190847509&fhid=4792

In solidarity,

John Van Voris
President of our Albany Musicians’ Association
4th VP, Eastern Conference of Musicians

 

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Winter Membership Mtg Tues Jan 29 @ Zaloga Post

Our next General Membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520, 4 Everett Rd. Ext., Albany NY 12205. (Exit 5, I 90)
Business Meeting 7-8; Buffet Dinner 8PM
See you then!

 

 

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