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The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO honors the recipients of the AFM Diversity Awards
Published June 27, 2007

The ceremony recognized outstanding accomplishment in the promotion and celebration of diversity within the music industry.

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO honored the recipients of the second annual “AFM Diversity Awards” at their 97th convention held June 18-20. The ceremony recognized outstanding accomplishment in the promotion and celebration of diversity within the music industry.

“The AFM is an organization that celebrates its varied and diverse membership,” said AFM President Thomas F. Lee. “I commend AFM Local 65-699 (Houston, Texas), Tyrone Martin Jr., (Local 101-473, Dayton, Ohio) and Dr. Fred Wheatt (Local 4, Cleveland, Ohio) for being selected as winners of the 2007 AFM Diversity Awards. The strength of our international union lies in the diversity, dedication and talent of our membership, and these awards are a step towards recognizing our members for their excellent contributions and achievements.”

AFM Diversity Committee Chair Otis Ducker said awards were given in three categories: the AFM President’s Local Union Award; the President’s Youth Award for individuals under the age of 35; and the Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award for outstanding achievement by an individual in the promotion of diversity within the union and the community.

All winners were awarded a commemorative hand-carved trophy; the Youth Award winner also received a $2,000 scholarship.

Below is a list of winners, as well as the complete list of semi-finalists:

2007 AFM Diversity Award Winners

AFM President’s Local Award --

Houston Professional Musicians’ Association, Local 65-699

AFM President’s Youth Award --

Tyrone Martin Jr., Dayton Musicians Association, Local 101-473

AFM Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award --

Dr. Fred Wheatt, Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4

2007 Semi-Finalists

AFM President’s Local Award:

Lehigh Valley Musicians’ Association

Local 45

AFM President’s Local Award

AFM President’s Youth Award:

John W. Luckenbill, III

Local 399

AFM President’s Youth Award

Tony Lannen

Local 5

AFM President’s Youth Award

Eddie Yakkel

Local 433

AFM President’s Youth Award

Raphael Price

Local 47

AFM President’s Youth Award

David Brady

Local 8

AFM President’s Youth Award

Nathan Cepelinski

Local 180

AFM President’s Youth Award

AFM Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award:

Gordon Stump

Local 5

AFM Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award

Chris Kalogerson

Local 30-73

AFM Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award

Ella Jenkins

Local 10-208

AFM Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award

Deborah Wells

Local 389

AFM Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award

Archie Alleyne

Local 149

AFM Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award.