2010 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles Announced

November 24, 2009 -- 11:08 am PST

U.S. high school students selected to participate in GRAMMY Foundation program


The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that 28 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for positions in the 2010 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform in front of some of music's biggest names.

The students, representing 26 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 Dr. Leila Heil of Colorado State University.

"The GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles program brings together exceptionally talented high school vocalists and instrumentalists from across the country to create a jazz choir, combo and band," said GRAMMY Foundation and Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "These young people play with their peers as well as with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists during a once-in-a-lifetime GRAMMY Week experience and, in many cases, members of the Ensembles go on to promising professional careers. This program truly underscores the GRAMMY Foundation's mission to foster the next generation of music and its makers."

The Ensembles will perform at various GRAMMY Week events including — for the first time ever — an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration of Music & Education, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund with support from 94.7 the Wave. This event, 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 Mindi Abair and Brian Culbertson on Jan. 27, 2010, at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica, Calif. The Ensembles will offer another public performance at Spaghettini's Italian Grill & Jazz Club with special guest artist James Moody on Jan. 28.

The GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles will also perform again this year at the 20th anniversary MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Jan. 29, which this year will honor Neil Young. Capitol Recording Studios have again been provided by the EMI Music Group for the Ensembles to record a CD. It will join the lineup of previous CDs available for purchase at online music outlets such as iTunes and Amazon. As a grand finale, the Ensembles will attend the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 31 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration After Party.

Since 1993, the GRAMMY Foundation has provided students with this unique musical experience. 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.

For a list of 2010 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles selectees, click here.