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Keb' Mo'

Masterful Americana

The Local 47 (Los Angeles) member has built a successful career writing songs that embrace our country's musical roots.

Melissa Gardiner: Rising Star of Trombone

Jazz trombonist Melissa Gardiner of Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) teaches, plays in various groups, including her own band, and tours internationally all from her hometown of Syracuse, New York.

With a combination creativity, emotion, and technical prowess, Melissa Gardiner of Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) has established herself as a premier jazz trombonist. She’s stayed versatile, but focused on her goal of making music her life. Currently, Gardiner teaches at two universities, Syracuse and Cornell, works with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, the groups Paradigm Shift, The …

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Robert Lee Watt: the Man, the Mission, and the Horn

Robert Lee Watt

Robert Lee Watt of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) is the first African-American French hornist to be hired by a major symphony in the US. Watt tells his story in the autobiography, The Black Horn: The Story of Classical French Hornist Robert Lee Watt, released in late 2014. His journey was far from smooth, even …

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Christine Albert: Forty Years and Forever Young

Christine Albert

Christine Albert of Local 433 (Austin, TX) is celebrating a milestone year many don’t see in any profession. This year will mark 40 years as a professional musician for the singer songwriter and guitarist. “It’s amazing to think about that,” she says. “The older you get—the more passion and energy you have.” Originally from Upstate …

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Canadian Brothers Branch Out to Foreign Audiences

Brothers Landreth

Meeting a childhood hero as an adult and seeing that icon measure up to preconceived notions of their character is a validating life moment that both David and Joey Landreth were lucky enough to experience. The two brothers, both members of Local 190 (Winnipeg, MB), are members of the five-person band The Bros. Landreth, which …

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