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Folder 12 Thomas, John interviewed by Charles E. Austin, May 27, 1997

Thomas, John, a piano player who played with the Army and traveled to Europe, and performed in Pittsburgh.

[T1S1] Beginning music; time in Aliquippa; performing in Pittsburgh; time in Army; Local 471 members; day jobs; Pittsburgh clubs and performers; studying at Phileon Music Institute; importance of reading music; other pianists; problems with band members; pension program and responsibilities of bandleaders; treatment of musicians; older Local 471 members.

[T1S2] Mabel Rogers; the Musicians’ Club move; Union merge; MTP jobs; young musicians; being a bandleader; childhood music inspiration; job offer from New York.