SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2013) — The GRAMMY Foundation® ( announced today that 32 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for positions in the 2014 GRAMMY Camp® — Jazz Session. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 56th Annual GRAMMYAwards®, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform in front of some of music's biggest names. The students, representing 30 cities and 12 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 they will document the GRAMMY® Week experience for a range of the GRAMMY Foundation's social media platforms.

"GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session has been fostering the next generation of music and its makers since 1993, and the results have been truly impressive," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy®. "Not only do these young people have a once-in-a-lifetime experience during GRAMMY Week playing with their peers as well as with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists at a range of events, but many of them go on to enjoy thriving performance careers, including singer/pianist Peter Cincotti, three-time GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist Gerald Clayton, New York Philharmonic bassist David J. Grossman, GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Brandon Heath, saxophonist Grace Kelly, and pianist Aaron Parks, among others."

The selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events including — for the fifth year— an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. This special evening, which is open to the public, will showcase the selectees, along with special guest artists, on Jan. 22, 2014, at the University of Southern California. The group will offer another public performance at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment with a special guest artist on Jan. 23. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members will also attend the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration® after-party.

On Jan. 23–25, 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 2007–2013 are available for purchase at online music outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, Napster, 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 2014 GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session members are listed by each student's instrument, role, or voice:

NameCityStateSchool Part
AlyssaMcDoomWestonFLCypress Bay High SchoolSoprano
AshleyPezzottiPlantationFLMiami Arts Charter SchoolSoprano
DarynnDeanLos AngelesCAMira Costa High SchoolAlto
StephanieHansenCliveIAValley High SchoolAlto
ColbyEwatuyaAllenTXBooker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsTenor
DylanDeAndaGrapevineTXBooker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsTenor
RobertWashington IIIAugustaGADavidson Fine Arts Magnet SchoolBass
CalebCollinsPalos VerdesCALos Angeles County High School for the ArtsBass
MattWongSan FranciscoCARuth Asawa San Francisco School of the ArtsPiano
KanoaMendenhallNovatoCAMarin School of the ArtsBass
JoshuaBermudezMiamiFLNew World School of the ArtsGuitar
AdrianCotaWest CovinaCALos Angeles County High School for the ArtsDrums
ZoeObadiaGlen RidgeNJGlen Ridge High SchoolAlto Sax 1
ImmanuelWilkinsUpper DarbyPAUpper Darby High SchoolAlto Sax 2 
YessehFuraha-AliUpper DarbyPAUpper Darby High School Tenor Sax
AndyArditiEncinoCAHarvard-Westlake SchoolTenor Sax 
HenrySolomonWoodsideCAInterlochen Arts AcademyBari Sax            
AndrewStephensSacramentoCARio Americano High SchoolTrumpet Lead
LiamWernerMontclairNJMontclair High SchoolTrumpet Jazz
MichaelGutierrezClovisCABuchanan High SchoolTrumpet 3
JohnOttenSeattleWARoosevelt High SchoolTrumpet 4
FernandoFerraroneMiamiFLFelix Varela Senior High SchoolTrumpet 5
JohnathanBlackTucsonAZTucson High Magnet SchoolTrombone 1
ColemanHughesMontclairNJNewark Academy Trombone 2
JefferyMillerNew OrleansLANew Orleans Center for Creative ArtsTrombone 3
PeterWikleSanta AnaCAOrange County School of the ArtsBass Trombone
AustinThomasHoustonTXHigh School for the Performing and Visual ArtsPiano
ColeDavisNew YorkNYFiorello H. LaGuardia High School of MusicBass  
& Art and Performing Arts
ArisKareRancho Palos VerdesCAPalos Verdes High SchoolGuitar
CameronMacIntoshSouth OrangeNJColumbia High SchoolDrums
Media Team
DrewSchwendimanSummitNJSummit High School
LaurenCraig ChicagoILFenwick High School

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014. For more information on the Music Educator Award, please visit For more information about the Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook at, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at and join us on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn at



Media Contacts:

Christina Cassidy/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/

Hannah Berryman/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/


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