Local 674 - AFM The Little Local with Big Ideas!
Lewisburg, WV - Covington, VA
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Ireland’s Musical Heritage, a free program featuring acclaimed performer and songwriter Patrick O’Flaherty, will be presented by the Greenbrier County Public Library Sunday, July 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The multi-talented O’Flaherty has many notable aspects to his biography, including once performing for Pope John Paul II and writing songs in a Celtic language that is almost lost. He plans to bring along several instruments, including the Irish button accordion, mandolin, harmonica and tenor banjo.
In addition to enjoying music, attendees will have a unique opportunity to question and converse with Patrick O’Flaherty at this special July event, which celebrates the 14th anniversary of the opening of the library facility at 152 Robert W. McCormick Dr. in downtown Lewisburg.
Joe Buttram, 87, passed away on the morning of July 15, 2021, after a brief illness.
Joe spent his formative years in the fields and on the farms of Northeast Texas. The choral and band programs at DeKalb high school ignited a passion for music that followed him throughout his life. After completing a Bachelor’s in Music Education at the University of North Texas, Joe picked up his clarinet and trotted the globe as a Bandsman in the U.S. Army’s 9th Division. After an honorable discharge it was back to North Texas for a Master’s degree, followed by a position teaching instrumental music and voice at Springfield High School in Springfield, Colorado.
He started a family while returning to school yet again, this time earning his Doctorate in Music Education at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. In subsequent years Joe distinguished himself both professionally and artistically. After only three years as Assistant Professor, Joe was named Dean of the College of Music at Loyola University in New Orleans, where his love of music was refined into a love of jazz. Joe subsequently served as Director of the School of Music at the University of Kentucky and at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He never put down his horn, actively performing in countless ensembles, large and small, throughout his career and into his retirement.
If anything, Joe was busier in retirement than during his professional career. He served as President of Local 674, American Federation of Musicians for several years, and served at various intervals as Development Officer, Music Director, composer, and actor for the Greenbrier Valley Theater in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He is perhaps best known for over 100 performances in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in GVT’s production of A Christmas Carol, a role he described as, “ideally suited for him.”
A memorial service will be held at the Greenbrier Valley Theater at 7:30pm on Tuesday, July 20. Dress is casual. Memorial gifts may be made to Greenbrier Valley Theater.
The Music Performance Trust Fund of the AFM helped provide a Sunday afternoon of Jazz at the Asylum in Lewisburg, WV. This video is a 4 minute overview of an afternoon of wonderful music. The group includes Vince Lewis, Jeff Bryant, Gary Williams, Bob Bowen and Bob McGraw. Enjoy!
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Playing at Road Hog's BBQ for "Spring Thaw"
Musicians at various venues ensure that our small town will remain "the coolest" small town in America!
Those attending Local 674's January "Zoom" Quarterly meeting were able to enjoy a song on banjo by Bill Clapham, president.
The first live streaming concert "Music in the Mountains" was a success!
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.
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.