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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2013) — The GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyintheschools.com) 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:
|Alyssa||McDoom||Weston||FL||Cypress Bay High School||Soprano|
|Ashley||Pezzotti||Plantation||FL||Miami Arts Charter School||Soprano|
|Darynn||Dean||Los Angeles||CA||Mira Costa High School||Alto|
|Stephanie||Hansen||Clive||IA||Valley High School||Alto|
|Colby||Ewatuya||Allen||TX||Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts||Tenor|
|Dylan||DeAnda||Grapevine||TX||Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts||Tenor|
|Robert||Washington III||Augusta||GA||Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School||Bass|
|Caleb||Collins||Palos Verdes||CA||Los Angeles County High School for the Arts||Bass|
|Matt||Wong||San Francisco||CA||Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts||Piano|
|Kanoa||Mendenhall||Novato||CA||Marin School of the Arts||Bass|
|Joshua||Bermudez||Miami||FL||New World School of the Arts||Guitar|
|Adrian||Cota||West Covina||CA||Los Angeles County High School for the Arts||Drums|
|Zoe||Obadia||Glen Ridge||NJ||Glen Ridge High School||Alto Sax 1|
|Immanuel||Wilkins||Upper Darby||PA||Upper Darby High School||Alto Sax 2|
|Yesseh||Furaha-Ali||Upper Darby||PA||Upper Darby High School||Tenor Sax|
|Andy||Arditi||Encino||CA||Harvard-Westlake School||Tenor Sax|
|Henry||Solomon||Woodside||CA||Interlochen Arts Academy||Bari Sax|
|Andrew||Stephens||Sacramento||CA||Rio Americano High School||Trumpet Lead|
|Liam||Werner||Montclair||NJ||Montclair High School||Trumpet Jazz|
|Michael||Gutierrez||Clovis||CA||Buchanan High School||Trumpet 3|
|John||Otten||Seattle||WA||Roosevelt High School||Trumpet 4|
|Fernando||Ferrarone||Miami||FL||Felix Varela Senior High School||Trumpet 5|
|Johnathan||Black||Tucson||AZ||Tucson High Magnet School||Trombone 1|
|Coleman||Hughes||Montclair||NJ||Newark Academy||Trombone 2|
|Jeffery||Miller||New Orleans||LA||New Orleans Center for Creative Arts||Trombone 3|
|Peter||Wikle||Santa Ana||CA||Orange County School of the Arts||Bass Trombone|
|Austin||Thomas||Houston||TX||High School for the Performing and Visual Arts||Piano|
|Cole||Davis||New York||NY||Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music||Bass|
|& Art and Performing Arts|
|Aris||Kare||Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||Palos Verdes High School||Guitar|
|Cameron||MacIntosh||South Orange||NJ||Columbia High School||Drums|
|Drew||Schwendiman||Summit||NJ||Summit High School|
|Lauren||Craig||Chicago||IL||Fenwick 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 grammymusicteacher.com. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grammyintheschools, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at www.twitter.com/GRAMMYFdn and join us on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn at www.instagram.com/GRAMMYfdn.
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