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The Band’s Visit: Original Broadway Cast Recording

The award-winning Broadway musical The Band’s Visit is based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name. It tells the story of a group of Egyptian musicians, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, who come to Israel to perform and end up getting stuck overnight in the wrong town.

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Balu Musik’s Ab Aeternum Triple Horn from Dürk

Balu Musik is proud to present the Ab Aeternum triple horn from Dürk. Lightweight, unique interchangeable triggers and very precise German engineering make it a must-have tool for every professional.

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Tascam TH-07 Headphones

Tascam TH-07 headphones are designed to duplicate the audio quality of high-end near field monitors. They are tuned for full but natural bass, flat mid-range, and clear high end.

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Mike Daly Spotlights the Steel in “Renascence”

In his new CD, Renascence, Mike Daly showcases the range of the steel guitar with original tracks featuring artists who unearth sounds that are decidedly nontraditional—and not country.

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Peavey Electronics MAX Bass Amps

Peavey Electronics MAX bass amps provide excellent portability and flexibility in a durable and functional design. Angled baffles let players direct sound to their ears.

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The Chick Corea & Steve Gadd Band, Chinese Butterfly

The bond between Local 802 (New York City) members Chick Corea and Steve Gadd goes back more than 50 years. The two-disc album Chinese Butterfly is a result of the two musicians’ long-held desire to work together more intensely.

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Bits and Pieces—Still Working on the Jigsaw Puzzle!

I’ve been learning about apprentice programs in the building trades. These are union worker funded programs that provide wages through on-the-job training paired with classes and certifications.

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Canada’s Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison Bid Adieu to Touring

Local 149 (Toronto, ON) members and children’s music duo Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison will take to the road one last time before officially retiring from touring in 2019.

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Accelerating the MPTF Mission for 2019

The new year presents an opportunity for AFM locals and the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) to begin to regrow our programs across North America and increase our impact on communities.

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John Rodby, Tyranoscorus Rex

Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member John Rodby makes reference to his aversion to the use of computers in composition and orchestration with the title Tyranoscorus Rex.

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