Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles Selectees Named

January 04, 2006 -- 9:42 am PST
Twenty-nine students selected to perform at events throughout GRAMMY Week

Twenty-nine talented high school students have been selected for a position in the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, it was announced today by the GRAMMY Foundation. Their selection will launch them into the spotlight surrounding the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards, as well as provide the opportunity to rehearse and perform in front of some of music's biggest names. Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano have partnered with the GRAMMY Foundation to provide students an extraordinary musical experience.

"The Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles program continues to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to talented high school singers and instrumentalists," said GRAMMY Foundation and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "This outstanding opportunity to meet and play with peer musicians from across the country brings together future music makers who also receive a chance to perform with GRAMMY-nominated artists and participate in many GRAMMY Week events. These extraordinary young musicians are able to experience the power and possibility of music firsthand."

This year, Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano again have teamed up with the GRAMMY Foundation to sponsor the 2006 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles. The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) provides the outreach to the music education community.

"Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano are committed to music education and the rewards music can offer a student throughout his or her life," said Henry Juskiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano. "The Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble program gives these talented young musicians a chance to perform with some of the world's greatest musicians and team up with remarkable people from the GRAMMY Foundation."

The students, who represent 27 cities from 17 states, will travel to Los Angeles for a weeklong musical adventure under the direction of Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music and Dr. Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. The Ensembles will then perform at various GRAMMY Week events including: Salute To Jazz (Feb. 3) and the GRAMMY Foundation's Preservation event (Feb. 4), as well as the WAVE Smooth Jazz Brunch at Spaghettini Italian Grill & Jazz Club (Feb. 5), the Vic (Feb. 6) and recording sessions at Capitol Recording Studios, courtesy of EMI Music. As a grand finale, they will perform at the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast and Post-Telecast GRAMMY Celebration ceremonies, as well as attend the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8 as guests of The Recording Academy.

The selectees to the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships. This is made possible through the GRAMMY Foundation's college partners: Berklee College of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, New School University, and Manhattan School of Music. As a result of their participation in the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles every program applicant and their high school will receive music product from MakeMusic!, including subscriptions to SmartMusic, the complete music practice system by MakeMusic!. Additionally, the school of each selectee will receive a professional cymbal courtesy of the Zildjian Company.