Students Selected For GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session And GRAMMY In The Schools Media Team

The GRAMMY Foundation has selected 32 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for the 2016 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and provides them with opportunities to perform for some of music's biggest names. The students, representing 29 cities and 15 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. Two former GRAMMY Camp students will be joining as members of the GRAMMY in the Schools Media Team to document the GRAMMY Week experience for the GRAMMY Foundation's social media platforms.

"Each year, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session brings together some of the most gifted jazz singers and instrumentalists and gives them an extraordinary musical experience during GRAMMY Week," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy. "These talented young people demonstrate their gifts by making music with their peers and performing with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists at a range of events. We're especially proud that many of them actually go on to have successful careers in our music industry."

From Feb. 12–14, courtesy of Capitol Studios & Mastering, the young musicians will record an album (GRAMMY Jazz 24) at the legendary facility in Hollywood, Calif. Over the years, noted members of The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing have worked with the ensembles during the recording process. Again this year, multi-GRAMMY-winning engineer and Producers & Engineers Wing member Al Schmitt will be mixing the project.

In addition, the selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events, including — for the seventh year — an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. This special event, which is open to the public, will showcase the selectees, along with special guest artists, on Feb. 11, 2016, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The group will offer additional public performances with special guest artists at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach, Calif., and Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 10 and Feb. 12, respectively. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members will also attend the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 15 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration after-party.

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 2016 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members are listed by each student's instrument, role or voice:

Band

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

City

State

School

Part

Matt

  Richards

Walnut Creek

Calif.

Las Lomas High School

Alto Sax 1

Nathan 

  Farrell

Montclair

N.J.

Montclair High School

Alto Sax 2

Jason

  Chrisman

Weaverville

 N.C.

North Buncombe High School

Tenor Sax

Morgan

  Guerin

Atlanta

Ga. 

Westlake High School 

Tenor Sax

Ben

  Fitzpatrick

Bethel

Conn.

Bethel High School

Bari Sax            

Jonah 

  Moss

Walnut Creek

Calif.

Northgate High School

Trumpet Lead

Geoffrey

  Gallante

Alexandria

Va.

West Potomac High School

Trumpet 2

Alex

  Melnychuck

Tucson

Ariz.

Salpointe Catholic High School

Trumpet 3

Evan

  Abounassar

Yorba Linda

Calif.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Trumpet 4

Carlos

  Ramos

Downey

Calif.

Downey High School

Trumpet 5

Remee

  Ashley

Berkeley

Calif.

Berkeley High School

Trombone 1

Jack

  Kotze

Frankfort

Ill.

Lincoln-Way North High School 

Trombone 2

Jasim

  Perales

Oakland

Calif.

Oakland School for the Arts

Trombone 3

Ethan

  Santos

Fresno

Calif.

Buchanan High School

Bass Trombone

Sam

  Towse

Huntington

N.Y.

Friends Academy

Piano

Abeed

  Janjua

Pembroke Pines

Fla.

Dillard High School

Bass  

Joseph

  Bell

Princeton

N.J.

Princeton High School

Guitar

Julius

  Rodriguez

White Plains

N.Y.

The Masters School

Drums

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choir

 

 

 

 

 

Sharada

  Shashidhar

Painted Post

N.Y.

Corning-Painted Post High School

Soprano

Abigail

  Berry

Burbank

Calif.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Soprano

Kara

  Walton

La Vista

Neb.

Papillion La Vista High School

Alto

Makele

  Clemmons

Chicago

Ill.

Chicago High School for the Arts

Alto

Jack

  VanGorden

Dallas

Texas

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Tenor

Jack

  O'Connor

Dallas

Texas

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Tenor

Daniel

  Barbrack

New York

N.Y.

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts

Bass

Evan

  Wright

Temple City

Calif.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combo

 

 

 

 

 

Jamael

  Dean

Redondo Beach

Calif.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Piano

Maxwell

  Schwartz

Berkeley

Calif.

Berkeley High School

Bass

Jordan

  Reifkind

Los Angeles

Calif.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Guitar

Zachary

  Vaughen

Lancaster

Pa.

Manheim Township High School

Drums

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Team

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony

  Richard Jr.

Gretna

La.

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Media Team

Alejandra

  Matheu-Rios

Henderson              

Nev.

College Southern Nevada High School

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