BILL HAYES

As a New York percussionist, I have held 27 Broadway chairs and have subbed on 60 more. I’ve toured the world with Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Audra MacDonald; performed with Ray Charles, Chita Rivera, Kenny Rogers, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Webb, Marvin Hamlisch, Art Garfunkel, Rufus Wainwright, Korn, the 5th Dimension; worked in France and North America with Charles Aznavour and Michel Legrand, and have played in hundreds of venues in NY and worldwide, from Las Vegas to Rio, Monte Carlo to Tokyo, also appearing on TV shows on four continents.

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Bill is running for Trial Board of Local 802 to build a stronger union for all its members.

In New York, I’ve worked in freelance orchestras, chamber music, jazz, Radio City, Encores, night clubs & cabaret, and have worked in the studios in NY and LA playing for films, jingles, TV and dozens of jazz, classical, Broadway, rock and other recordings.  I’ve also worked as a composer, arranger and glass armonica player.  

 

I have been a member of the 802 Trial Board for 3 years, as well as 802 delegate to the AFM Convention, and delegate to the NYC Central Labor Council. When Covid shut down our work, I served on the fundraising committee that created the “Save NYC Musicians” campaign, which raised essential support for our Emergency Relief Fund and also helped to shore up the Health Fund. I am a member of the 802 Government Relations Committee, which interviewed dozens of candidates in the recent city elections and educated them on issues affecting musicians.  Our relationships with political leaders, together with our involvement at the Central Labor Council, have been vital in getting pension relief, cobra subsidies and extended unemployment benefits into the Covid Relief bill.  I’ve seen the MFC team go to work on the toughest problems, and I’m proud to be a part of this hard-working group which has accomplished so much at a difficult time. We have much to do to bring our union into the new post-pandemic world, and we must do it with transparency, discussion and debate, so all our members can be involved in strengthening and growing our union, and in truly being a part of the nation’s most vibrant music scene.  

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