Robert

Robert Suttmann – Candidate for Executive Board and Delegate to the International Convention of the AFM 

 

In addition to teaching scales and to strive for good tone, my trombone professors were active Union members. They instilled in me the importance of joining and engaging in the issues facing professional musicians, including the push for fair workplace practices and wages.

When it came time for me to make the decision to join the Union — it was a no brainer. The best jobs and the best players were part of the Union. It was clear the only path to real employment was through joining. It was one of the best career decisions I have ever made.

Personally, I have been thankful for the many efforts of the Union to raise the standards of a decent living wage. As an active rank and file member, I have participated in numerous job actions and responded whenever the Union called upon its members. At this point, I am ready to serve in a greater capacity. I am ready to give back like those who have come before me. Like my trombone teachers, I look forward to engaging and advocating on behalf of fellow professional musicians. I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve Local 77.

Robert Suttmann – Candidate for Executive Board and Delegate to the International Convention of the AFM 

 

In addition to teaching scales and to strive for good tone, my trombone professors were active Union members. They instilled in me the importance of joining and engaging in the issues facing professional musicians, including the push for fair workplace practices and wages.

When it came time for me to make the decision to join the Union — it was a no brainer. The best jobs and the best players were part of the Union. It was clear the only path to real employment was through joining. It was one of the best career decisions I have ever made.

Personally, I have been thankful for the many efforts of the Union to raise the standards of a decent living wage. As an active rank and file member, I have participated in numerous job actions and responded whenever the Union called upon its members. At this point, I am ready to serve in a greater capacity. I am ready to give back like those who have come before me. Like my trombone teachers, I look forward to engaging and advocating on behalf of fellow professional musicians. I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve Local 77.

 

Robert Suttmann was born in Philadelphia.  He first joined Local 77 in 1982, while still a student of Rich Genovese at Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (BA ’83) now University of the Arts.  Early professional playing experience included steady work in the North Philadelphia Latin scene (La Paz, Charanga la Unica) as well as with area wedding and dance bands (Heimat Klänge, Al Raymond, Dave Chaiken, among others).  In 1986, he accepted a job on Carnival Cruise Lines with the in-house show band.  After which, he attended Manhattan School of Music in New York City (MA ’87) studying with Jack Gale.  While still playing in New York’s salsa and wedding band scene, he started freelancing as a Broadway musical substitute musician in 1989.  Since then, he has played on over 90 Broadway musicals as a sub and chair holder.  Additionally, he has played Broadway National tours as a local musician in Philadelphia since 2006, as well as headliners in the Atlantic City casinos.  He currently holds the trombone chair at Big Apple Circus and was on the negotiating committee for their first Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 802 in 2004.  Within 802, he served on the Trial Board for 6 years starting in 2009, and on the Executive Board for 3 years in 2015.  He also served on the Finance, Political, Website, and Green Alliance Subcommittees during that time.

 

Robert Suttmann was born in Philadelphia.  He first joined Local 77 in 1982, while still a student of Rich Genovese at Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (BA ’83) now University of the Arts.  Early professional playing experience included steady work in the North Philadelphia Latin scene (La Paz, Charanga la Unica) as well as with area wedding and dance bands (Heimat Klänge, Al Raymond, Dave Chaiken, among others).  In 1986, he accepted a job on Carnival Cruise Lines with the in-house show band.  After which, he attended Manhattan School of Music in New York City (MA ’87) studying with Jack Gale.  While still playing in New York’s salsa and wedding band scene, he started freelancing as a Broadway musical substitute musician in 1989.  Since then, he has played on over 90 Broadway musicals as a sub and chair holder.  Additionally, he has played Broadway National tours as a local musician in Philadelphia since 2006, as well as headliners in the Atlantic City casinos.  He currently holds the trombone chair at Big Apple Circus and was on the negotiating committee for their first Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 802 in 2004.  Within 802, he served on the Trial Board for 6 years starting in 2009, and on the Executive Board for 3 years in 2015.  He also served on the Finance, Political, Website, and Green Alliance Subcommittees during that time.

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