GRAMMY Foundation Announces 2011 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles

December 20, 2010 -- 3:31 pm PST

The GRAMMY Foundation has selected 30 talented high school students from across the United States for positions in the 2011 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform in front of some of music's biggest names.

The students, representing 30 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. Many past members of the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles go on to enjoy thriving careers as jazz musicians, including several past selectees who are leading bands, including Peter Cincotti (2001), current GRAMMY nominee for Best Instrumental Composition Gerald Clayton (2002), Grace Kelly (2008), and Aaron Parks (2000).

Since 1993, the GRAMMY Foundation has provided students with this extraordinary musical experience. Click here to view a list of the 2011 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles.