Bill is running for Trial Board of Local 802 to build a stronger union for all its members.
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, and Audra MacDonald; performed with Chita Rivera, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis Jr, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Webb, Ray Charles, 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 with these and other stars and icons in New York and in hundreds of venues worldwide, from Las Vegas to Monte Carlo to Rio to Tokyo, also appearing on TV shows on four continents.
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. My wife, singer/actress/musician Jackie Sanders, created the French/Jazz band Bordeaux Blues, for which I have been music director, arranger, drummer and accordionist.
The music business has undergone huge shifts in the last 10 years, and the union has not been keeping up. Digitization of music has increased audience size while decimating revenue streams for musicians and composers. Broadway remains healthy, but a misused special situations clause has rendered minimum orchestra sizes essentially voluntary. Above all, musicians are finding, after a lifetime of union gigs, that their promised pension could be an illusion. 802 MFC wants to address these and other issues, and encourage transparency, discussion and debate. I am running to support this dialog and the excellent work MFC is doing, and to make sure that New York’s amazing musicians are not an afterthought in the nation’s most vibrant music scene.