Local Students Attend GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training

Drew Schwendiman - GRAMMY In The Schools Media Team

Alas, my week seems to be heading towards a different direction!  Today I engaged in my first press reception, a crazy but oh so enlightening experience.  It was GRAMMY Camp Basic Training on the University of Southern California Campus, so there were several guest professionals eager to speak to high school students aspiring to enter the music industry.  I stood in front of the camera and barely had time to think as several guests were thrown next to me.  Of course, I didn't mind at all!  I spoke with producer Jesse Collins, music video director Matthew Cherry, singer Ziggy Marley, and a few other professionals before finally having the honor to speak to the first recipient of the Music Educator Award, Kent Knappenberger.  Of all the people with whom I spoke today, I most enjoyed talking to Kent.  He's just a regular guy who loves music and his dedication towards improving lives through music is inspiring.  He is living proof that you don't need to be an industry executive or an A-list singer to change lives with music.  A music teacher can do it, and so can a student.  We all can, especially through the GRAMMY Foundation.

My heart only got softer when I attended an event held by the Starkey Hearing Foundation.  There were dozens of kids waiting for free hearing aids and I was truly touched.  I don't know many people who are hearing impaired, but just looking at everyones' excited faces was heartwarming.  I'm so glad I was able to be there!  And for some of them, one of the first things they heard was jazz music (from the GRAMMY Camp musicians).  Gah, I'm overwhelmed with emotion!

Tonight is the night for which everyone has been waiting!  A concert featuring Vampire Weekend and the GRAMMY Camp ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Jazz Session musicians... Eeek!  All the hard work from this week is starting to pay off, but we still have several more performances!  I know the audience will love these people as much as I love them.


-Drew Schwendiman - GRAMMY In The Schools Media Team

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