The Buffalo Musicians Union has elected its first woman officer in its 110-year history.
Mary Swartzwelder, a french horn player with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra last season, will become secretary-treasurer of Buffalo Local 92 in January. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mrs. Swartzwelder is on leave from the Erie-Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a resident of Lockport.
She will succeed Angelo J. Callea, who announced his retirement last week after 26 years as an officer of Local 92.
Callea, a trombonist and arranger, was a member of the original Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw orchestras before joining the Buffalo local. Callea is director of the Variety Club Telethon Orchestra. He was named secretary-treasurer emeritus of the Buffalo local.
Jack Shilling, who announced his retirement after several years as a local executive committee member, also was given emeritus status.
Re-elected to his fourth two-year term as president and business agent of the local was Mark R. Jones, a tuba player. Jones also is secretary-treasurer of the New York State Conference of Musicians, made up of all American Federation of Musicians locals in New York State and Toronto, Ont.
Re-elected vice president of the local was Richard C. Riederer, a trumpet player.
Others re-elected to the executive committee were John Hasselback Sr., a keyboard player and teacher in the East Aurora School District; James Pace, a multi-instrumentalist and teacher in the Lake Shore School District; and Sam Noto, trumpeter and alumnus of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Boss Brass. Newly elected to a two-year term on the executive committee was John Maguda, a trumpeter and band director at Eden High School and conductor of the Hamburg Village Band.
The Buffalo Musicians Union was formed on Labor Day, 1889 and affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians in 1897.