Students Selected For 2015 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session

A total of 32 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for positions in the 2015 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform for some of music's biggest names. The students, representing 31 cities and 13 states, will travel to Los Angeles for a weeklong musical adventure under the direction of Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and associate choral director Susanna Wegner of Kansas City, Mo. This year, two students will comprise the GRAMMY in the Schools Media Team, and will document the GRAMMY Week experience for a range of the GRAMMY Foundation's social media platforms.

"Since 1993, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session has been gathering the top high school jazz singers and instrumentalists for an extraordinary GRAMMY Week experience where young people have the opportunity to play with their peers and with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists at a range of events," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy®. "When we look back at the students who have participated over the years, it really is the best and the brightest in the genre and this year's group is no exception."

The selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events, including — for the sixth year— an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. This special evening, which is open to the public, will showcase the selectees, along with special guest artists, on Feb. 4, 2015, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The group will offer more public performances with special guest artists at Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach, Calif., on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5, respectively. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members will also attend the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration after-party.

On Feb. 5–7, the young musicians will again record at the legendary Capitol Studios & Mastering in Hollywood, Calif., courtesy of the EMI Music Group. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session albums from 2007–2014 are available for purchase at online music outlets such as Amazon, iTunes and Rhapsody.

The GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session selectees are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships made possible through the GRAMMY Foundation's college partners: Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and USC Thornton School of Music. In addition, each selectee's school will receive a professional cymbal courtesy of the Zildjian Company.

The 2015 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members are listed by each student's instrument, role or voice:

Band     
First NameLast NameCityStateSchoolPart
Immanuel  WilkinsUpper DarbyPa.Upper Darby High SchoolAlto Sax 1
Alex   LaurenziMountain LakesN.J.Mountain Lakes High SchoolAlto Sax 2
Rico  JonesDenver  Denver School of the ArtsTenor Sax
Santosh  SharmaSeattle Roosevelt High School Tenor Sax
Ganiyu  DaudaLas Vegas Las Vegas Academy of the ArtsBari Sax            
Jonah   MossWalnut CreekCalif.Northgate High SchoolTrumpet Lead
Anthony  HerveyMiramarFla.Dillard Center for the ArtsTrumpet Jazz
Evan  AbounassarYorba LindaCalif.Los Angeles County High School for the ArtsTrumpet 3
John  BradfordMetairieLa.NOCCA Academic StudioTrumpet 4
Javier  AstorgaFresnoCalif.Buchanan High SchoolTrumpet 5
Nick  LeeLos Angeles Los Angeles County High School for the ArtsTrombone 1
Abdulrahman  AmerBrooklynN.Y.Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts Trombone 2
Lindsay  DobbsSan MateoCalif.Aragon High SchoolTrombone 3
Ethan  SantosFresnoCalif.Buchanan High SchoolBass Trombone
Chris  FishmanHermosa BeachCalif.Los Angeles County High School for the ArtsPiano
Kanoa  MendenhallNovatoCalif.NOVA Independent Study SchoolBass  
Joshua  BermudezMiami New World School of the ArtsGuitar
Zachary  AdlemanMontclairN.J.Montclair High SchoolDrums
      
Choir     
First NameLast NameCityStateSchoolPart
Alyssa  McDoomWestonFla.Cypress Bay High SchoolSoprano
Sharada  ShashidharPainted PostN.Y.Corning-Painted Post High SchoolSoprano
Darynn  DeanLos Angeles Mira Costa High SchoolAlto
Claire  DicksonMedfordMass.HomeschooledAlto
Jared  FreiburgWest Des MoinesIowaValley High SchoolTenor
Maurice  JohnsonHempsteadN.Y.Long Island High School for the Arts Tenor
Derrick  BynumWest BloomfieldMich.Detroit School of the ArtsBass
Joshua  ReinierSan Francisco The Nueva SchoolBass
      
Combo     
First NameLast NameCityStateSchoolPart
Isaiah ThompsonWest OrangeN.J.Montclair Kimberley AcademyPiano
Maxwell  SchwartzBerkeleyCalif.Berkeley High SchoolBass
Evan  WrightFlemingtonN.J.Hunterdon Central Regional High SchoolGuitar
Jared  SilversteinHillsboroughN.J.Hillsborough High SchoolDrums
      
Media Team     
First NameLast NameCityStateSchoolPart
Angelie  HumbertGenevaIll.Geneva Community High SchoolMedia Team
Angelica  PollardSan Ramon CalifCalifornia High SchoolMedia Team

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Kevin Burke

Attended GRAMMY Camp New York 2011, 2012; GRAMMY In The Schools Media Team 2012

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