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Words from Glenn Mallory

“The word “amateur” is often associated with the person who shows up late for the gig and then plays the wrong notes out of tune.   Actually, “amateur” is derived from the Latin, “amare”, which means “to love”.   So an amateur is really one who truly loves what he does.

Similarly, the word “professional” is often misused.  Professionalism is not a contract, a pay cheque, or a union card, although all are a part of it. Professionalism is a state of mind in which one strives constantly to achieve one’s very best, and having come close, raises the goal yet again. 

The best musician, therefore, is the amateur-professional/professional-amateur.

Anything less just isn’t good enough.”

Dr. Glenn Mallory, Life Member Local 293 AFM





Ever since 9/11, musicians travelling in the United States and Canada have encountered problems while travelling by air. Of particular notice is the treatment of instruments travelling by way of United Airlines. AFM Canada is mounting a major offensive against this carrier. For more information, CLICK HERE to view an interesting article/press release written by Vice- President for Canada, Bill Skolnik

Listen to David Carroll’s retaliatory song, “United Breaks Guitar”

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