Officers, Board, and Staff
Leonard DiCosimo, President, Local 4 Music Fund
Leonard DiCosimo balances a career in labor relations, arts administration and as a working musician. He is President of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4 of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, and represents a diverse clientele of musical artists including the Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra and Playhouse Square Foundation, independent songwriters and an abundance of world class musicians that call Northeast Ohio home.
Mr. DiCosimo is responsible for forging and maintaining relationships between the municipalities and program administrators in ‘Live Music Best!’ programs. He conducts informal interviews with program participants, musicians, and educators. Mr. DiCosimo is also responsible for collecting audience survey data, attendance data, and selecting personnel to carry out program activities.
Jeffry Cavallo, Vice-President, Local 4 Music Fund
Sandra W. Baxter, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 4 Music Fund
Sandra W. Baxter is a native Clevelander, has served as Secretary Treasurer of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians Local 4 of the American Federation of Musicians since 2007. Ms. Baxter studied French Horn at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and is an active freelance musician in North East Ohio, including the Cleveland Ballet, the Cleveland Opera, the Akron Symphony, the Playhouse Square Foundation, the Blossom Music Center, and has performed and recorded with the Cleveland Symphony.
Ms. Baxter is responsible for maintaining financial records, payroll, and processes all incoming and outgoing dollars for the Local 4 Music Fund.
Richard King, Board of Directors Local 4 Music Fund
4th Horn in the Cleveland Orchestra
Richard King joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1988 at age twenty as associate principal horn. He served as principal horn, 1997-2015, and now sits as a section member. Mr. King has been featured many times as soloist with the Orchestra, including works by Britten, Haydn, and Mozart. He has also appeared as soloist with the Richmond Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia.
A native of Long Island, New York, Richard King began playing the horn at the age of nine and spent six years as a student of Arthur Green. He then attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where his primary horn teacher was former Cleveland Orchestra principal Myron Bloom.
An active chamber musician and recitalist, Mr. King has performed as a member of the Center City Brass Quintet since 1985; their five recordings on the Chandos label have been met with wide critical acclaim. His albums of Chamber Music for Horn and Schubert Liedertranscribed for horn and piano have been released by Albany Records. In July and August of 2014, he was a first-time participant at the Marlboro Music Festival.
Lyle Steelman, Board of Directors Local 4 Music Fund
Trumpet in the Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland native Lyle Steelman joined The Cleveland Orchestra as assistant principal trumpet during the 2009 Blossom Festival. He came to the Orchestra from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, where he had been principal trumpet since 2006. He had also served as a substitute trumpet for The Cleveland Orchestra since 2005. Mr. Steelman served as second trumpet of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2006. A 2001 graduate of the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, he earned a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and was principal trumpet of the National Repertory Orchestra. He studied with James Darling, a former member of The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as with Tom Booth of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Lyle Steelman is a former member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.
Karl Dustman is a percussionist known for his skills on timpani, snare drum and drumset. He performs with the Northcoast Brass Ensemble and Summit Choral Society. His vast array of equipment provides the foundation for many percussion section operations in Northeast Ohio.
Dustman has been a featured guest timpanist with the Hour of Power Orchestra, the internationally televised broadcast-services with Reverend Robert H. Schuller at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. He has performed on vibraphone, drums and percussion with the house ensemble at Cleveland’s CLASSICS Restaurant, and was invited for a special performance with the Vienna Residence Orchestra in Austria.
A native of the Chicago and graduate of DePaul University, Dustman studied orchestral percussion with recording, television and radio legend Bob Tilles, which prepared him for theatricval repertoire by playing timpani and percussion in various orchestra pits.
He is a recognized executive with over forty-five years of career achievements in the music products industry. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society, is a Founding Board Member for the National Music Education Coalition and a guest speaker for the College Music Society. Dustman also is the Executive Director of the Percussion Marketing Council.
In addition to his percussion performance, he is the founder of Dustman & Associates, a twenty-two year Marketing Communications firm and Professional Percussion Products, an eleven year by-appointment orchestral percussion showroom in Cleveland.
Santa-Emma received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his master’s from Austin Peay State University, and pursued doctoral coursework at the University of Kentucky. He served as Director of Fine Arts Education for the Cleveland Public Schools. He has received numerous citations and awards, including The Distinguished Service Award for Music Education from The Ohio State University, The Industry Service Award from the Ohio Music Education Association, Martha Holden Jennings Teacher/Leader Award and a Master Teacher Citation from The Cleveland Public Schools. Santa-Emma is a proud inductee of both the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame and the West Technical High School Hall of Fame. He is President Emeritus of the 1,000-member Cleveland Federation of Musicians (Local 4 of the American Federations of Musicians), and he continues to serve as music contractor for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, America’s second-largest performing arts center.
Amber Rogers, Director Of Development