American Federation of Musicians, Local 174-496 New Orleans    


Proudly Presents

Musician's Corner
Vol.1 No.8                                                                 August 2014

Welcome to our monthly Musician's Corner!

Our featured musician for August is






"Mayumi's vision combines the eloquence of Japanese

traditional drums with American jazz that allows her

to create musical cultural harmony." 


We hope you enjoy our local legendary talents! 


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Mayumi Yamazaki                             Member Since 2003
Mayumi Yamazaki

"Composer and drummer Mayumi Shara is a uniquely cross cultural whirlwind of talent and energy, making her a well established pioneer female jazz drummer in Japan...

In 1998, Mayumi moved to the United States, establishing herself in New Orleans to prepare... for the next professional level.   

Here is a master of Japanese taiko drumming who is equally at home on a drum set playing modern jazz, funk, R&B, blues, and traditional jazz, all the while, equally as talented as she plays second-line snare with a New Orleans brass band." Read More...


Why I Joined the Union:

I am a transplant from Japan, so being a member of the union helps me to connect with professional musicians in New Orleans and the United States. It is also good to receive and share information from the local and the national AFM. 

I use the rehearsal hall very often, and the staff at the office is very helpful and kind.



 James Rivers Movement (James Rivers on bagpipes)
James Rivers Movement (James Rivers on bagpipes)
Music and Heritage:  Sacred Music Festival 2013 New Orleans

Music and Heritage: Sacred Music Festival 2013 New Orleans-

Mayumi's Taiko Drums at 1:46

Pink Magnolias Live at The 100 Men Hall
Pink Magnolias Live at The 100 Men Hall



Members, YOU can be featured, too!
YOU can be in that number!

Here's How It Works: 


1. You must be a member in good standing in Local 174-496 (dues are up-to-date).


2. Email to this office:

  •  a quality photo (we can adjust the size);  2 photos are best
  •  a short bio (if your bio is long, we can create a link to it)
  •  your best YouTube link 
  •  a website link (Face Book, Twitter, etc. are also good)
  •  the reason why you are in the union               

Email this information to 

or call us if you have questions: 504-947-1700


$$$ Music Ambassador Project 2014 $$$
 Pick Your Passion!
The Music Ambassador Project has been extended until the end of 2014! If you are playing out-of-state festivals, you could qualify for $1,000 per event and up to $20,000 for the year, but time is running out!
Application: Click picture, scroll down to bottom of page & click "Click here to become a Louisiana Music Ambassador"

AFM Local 174-496

2401 Esplanade Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70119

504-947-1700 office/ 504-947-6667 fax  

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