Local 674 Sec/Treasurer Gary Williams, and Vice President Dena Williams recently attended the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN on Beale Street. The video below includes some of the highlights of this event.
Local 674 member Kermit Medsker at the piano keyboard and 674’s Secretary/Treasurer Gary Williams at the computer keyboard are immersed in music preparation and arranging the songs from Cathey Sawyer’s musical Bricktop.
Cathey Sawyer is Producing Artistic Director at Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg and has been a member of Local 674 for many years. Cathey not only promotes and provides opportunities for union musicians at the theatre, she also wrote and produced the musical Bricktop and premiered it at GVT in the summer of 2018 to rave reviews.
After the successful run at the theatre, it was decided to make some musical changes and increase the instrumental ensemble and take this production to the next level.
Good luck Cathey, Kermit and Gary!
Treble 'n Bass Vocal Club presents "Sending You a Little Christmas" - a salute to the Armed Forces
This show was written and produced by 674's Vice President Dena Williams as a salute to the armed forces, and as a kickoff event for the local charity "Penny Pitch."
Treble 'n Bass vocal club recorded their first album entitled "Life's Harmonies" at a local recording studio. Local 674 members Jay Frye, Linda Walls, Mike Donahue, and Gary Williams work with sound engineer Kenny Clutter.
Local 674 members Jeff Bryant, Gary Williams, Jay Frye, and Virgil Kelly continue to perform with the WVJO to packed venues.
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Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Local 674 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, chartered in Covington, Virginia - Lewisburg, West Virginia. We are a small but active Local. You must be thinking about joining a professional organization for musicians, or you wouldn’t be visiting our webpage.
Bluegrass musicians to members of the West Virginia Jazz Orchestra belong to Local 674. We also have many retired professionals in our area who still offer their talents to the many who are eager to listen. The AFM is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. Local 674 was chartered on June 25, 1946 and represents many of the finest professional musicians in our area, including Highland, Augusta, Bath, Allegheny, Rockbridge, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties in Virginia, and Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties in West Virginia. AFM members perform all styles of music—alternative rock, classical, pop, gospel, jazz, country, folk, rock, big band, reggae, contemporary Christian, etc.. With such active members as Roberta Flack, Santana, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheila E, Suzanne Vega, The Goo Goo Dolls, Willie Nelson, and Branford Marsalis; there is a strong representation of major recording individuals and groups.
Members of Local 674 of the AFM are secure in knowing that their organization is actively lobbying to promote legislation and public awareness that protects musicians’ interests, negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the recording industry, motion picture industry, jingle industry, TV networks, National Public TV and Radio, and providing excellent wages and working conditions for its members.
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