In memory of David Winters, labor activist and musician

David WintersCome in unity and honor to celebrate the life, service, work and accomplishments of David Winters (1949-2014) with his union brothers and sisters, friends, and family.

WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2-4 p.m.
WHERE: Chris Matthew’s Hall at the Santa Cruz Veteran’s Memorial Bldg.,
846 Front Street, downtown Santa Cruz

All are invited to celebrate David’s service, work, and accomplishments.
Event includes live music, food, and tributes.

David was an accomplished performer and musician in several styles and wrote a book on musical harmonics. He was also a community activist involved in labor, peace and social justice issues.

He was active in his union and made it a better place for musicians by instituting a retirement plan. He was always available to play his music whenever he was asked and never missed a Labor Day Picnic. He co-founded the Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival, an annual venue featuring the artistic side of the labor movement.

He was also an educator and nurturer, tutoring in Math and leading a choir of stroke survivors in a manner that was always gentle and kind.

Contact: Jimmy Kelly, 408-597-7649 or

Listen to some of David’s guitar arrangements and a great labor song.

To learn more about David, read his obituary in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Read the South Bay Labor blog post about David.

Print and distribute the flyer: In honor of David Winters: March 21, 2015 (PDF)

Enjoy listening to David’s original lyrics to the Bert Kaempfert melody at the 2001 AFL-CIO Convention in Las Vegas:

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