The IAM’s unioNation Band has 20 new musicians, singers and songwriters after spending a week rocking together at the Winpisinger Center.
The new band members, along with five original members, topped the week off with a two-hour concert in the theater. All genres of music were represented.
Twenty-five IAM members from across the U.S. and Canada, most of whom had never met each other, worked to expand upon the mission of unioNation: “To create and perform workers’ music that motivates activism and that will be enjoyed by the masses.” They had five days to write, arrange, practice and perform original labor songs.
“Many musicians tell me that it can’t be done” said unioNation Production Manager and IAM Education Representative Henry Bagwell, “but when you put unionists and musicians together, you can do anything.”
The members created 21 original songs focusing on workers and the struggles they endure every day.
“All the participants ended the week wishing they could stay and do more. They were on such a musical high they could barely sleep,” said Bagwell. “Thanks to all the members who participate in the band and thanks to all the Local Lodges that supported their members. No union in the world is doing what we are in the IAM.”