The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that 30 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for positions in the 2012 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session (formerly known as GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles). Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform in front of some of music's biggest names.
The students, representing 29 cities and 14 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 Dr. Leila Heil of the University of Colorado Boulder. This year, two members will comprise the GRAMMY Camp Media Team and document the GRAMMY Week experience for a range of the GRAMMY Foundation's websites and social media platforms.
"GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session is one of our longest-running GRAMMY in the Schools programs, and it gives young people real-world experiences in the music industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy. "In this case, it brings together top high school vocalists and instrumentalists from across the country to create a jazz choir, combo and band for a once-in-a-lifetime GRAMMY Week opportunity where these young artists play with their peers as well as with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session truly embodies the GRAMMY Foundation's mission of fostering the next generation of music and its makers."
The selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events including — for the third year — an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Starkey Hearing Foundation. This public event will showcase the selectees, along with student alumni from GRAMMY Camp and GRAMMY Signature Schools, with special guest artists on Feb. 8, 2012, at USC. The group will offer another public performance at Spaghettini Italian Grill & Lounge with a special guest artist on Feb. 9. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members will also will attend the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration after-party.
The young musicians will again record at the legendary Capitol Studios & Mastering in Hollywood, Calif., courtesy of the EMI Music Group. GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles albums from 2007–2011 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.
Since 1993, the GRAMMY Foundation has provided students with this extraordinary musical experience. Many past members of the GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session program have gone on to enjoy thriving performance careers, including singer/pianist Peter Cincotti (2001), two-time GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist Gerald Clayton (2002), saxophonist Grace Kelly (2008), New York Philharmonic bassist David J. Grossman (1995), and pianist Aaron Parks (2000).
For a list of 2012 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session selectees, click here.
Applications for the 2013 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session are online at www.grammyintheschools.com and the deadline to apply is Oct. 22, 2012.