THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION® SELECTS STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRESTIGIOUS GRAMMY® JAZZ ENSEMBLES PROGRAM
"Our GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles program is a hallmark of the GRAMMY Foundation, and it is truly unique in that it brings together remarkable high school vocalists and instrumentalists from across the country to create a jazz choir, combo and band in the span of a little over a week," said GRAMMY Foundation and Recording Academy® President/CEO Neil Portnow. "It's a highlight of GRAMMY Week to experience the talent, dedication and excitement of our GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles members, and it is inspiring to hear the seamless musicality with which these young artists play with their peers as well as with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists. The GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles program really brings to life the GRAMMY Foundation's mission of fostering the next generation of music and its makers."
The Ensembles will perform at various GRAMMY Week events including — for the second year— an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools® Live! — A Celebration of Music & Education, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund. This special evening, which is open to the public, will showcase the Ensembles, along with student alumni from GRAMMY Camp and GRAMMY Signature Schools, with special guest artists on Feb. 9, 2011, at USC in the Los Angeles Grand Ballroom. The Ensembles will offer another public performance at Spaghettini's Italian Grill & Jazz Club with a special guest artist on Feb. 10.
The Ensembles will again record at the legendary Capitol Studios & Mastering in Hollywood, Calif., courtesy of the EMI Music Group. GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles CDs from 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 are available for purchase at online music outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, Napster, and Rhapsody.
The GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles will also perform again this year at the MusiCares®Person of the Year tribute on Feb. 11, which will honor Barbra Streisand. As a grand finale, the Ensembles will attend the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 13 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration® after-party.
The GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles 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.
2011 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles
The 2011 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles are listed by each student name, hometown, school, and instrument or voice.
GRAMMY Jazz Choir
|Emma||Davis||West Linn, Ore.||West Linn High School ||Soprano|
|Angelea||Taylor||Pittsburgh, Pa.||High School for the Creative & Performing Arts||Soprano|
|Hope||Flores||Los Angeles||Los Angeles County High School for the Arts||Alto|
|Kaia||Lagoni||Fort Collins, Colo.||Rocky Mountain High School||Alto|
|Taylor||Daniel||Germantown, Tenn.||Briarcrest Christian School||Alto|
|Daniel||Stanfill||Manhattan Beach, Calif.||Mira Costa High School||Tenor|
|Timothy||Nelson||Bothell, Wash.||Bothell High School||Bass|
|Timothy||Ovia||Cincinnati||Finneytown High School||Bass|
GRAMMY Jazz Combo
|William||Bridges||Lauderhill, Fla.||North Broward Preparatory School||Alto Sax|
|David||James||Del Mar, Calif.||Canyon Crest Academy||Drums|
|Antonio||Madruga||Pembroke Pines, Fla.||New World School of the Arts||Piano|
|Zachary||Ostroff||Belvedere, Calif.||The Branson School||Bass|
|Gabe||Schnider||Accord, N.Y.||Poughkeepsie Day School||Guitar|
GRAMMY Jazz Band
|Patrick||Bartley||Coral Springs, Fla.||Dillard High School of the Arts||Alto Sax 1|
|Tom||Kelley||Canton, Conn.||Canton High School||Alto Sax 2|
|Xavier||Del Castillo||Carnation, Wash.||Roosevelt High School||Tenor Sax|
|Ben||Solomon||Glencoe, Ill.||New Trier High School||Tenor Sax|
|David||Leon||Miami ||New World School of the Arts||Bari Sax|
|Christian||Marrero||Boynton Beach, Fla.||Dreyfoos School of the Arts||Trumpet Lead|
|Enrique||Sanchez||Kissimmee, Fla.||Osceola County School of the Arts||Trumpet Lead|
|Adam||O’Farrill||Brooklyn, N.Y.||Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Arts||Trumpet Jazz|
|Josh ||Shpak||Walnut Creek, Calif.||Northgate High School||Trumpet 4|
|St. Clair||Simmons III||Dover, Pa.||Dover Area High School||Trombone 1|
|Cory||Boris||Kingston, N.Y. ||Kingston Senior High School ||Trombone 2|
|Kyle ||Molitor ||Tigard, Ore.||Tigard High School||Trombone 3|
|Chris||Palowitch||Pleasanton, Calif.||Amador Valley High School||Bass Trombone|
|Steven||Gordon||Santa Monica, Calif.||Santa Monica High School||Piano|
|Daryl||Johns||Englewood, N.J.||Dwight-Englewood School||Bass|
|Aaron||Shapiro||Highland Park, Ill.||Highland Park High School||Guitar|
|Evan||Sherman||Short Hills, N.J.||Millburn High School|
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