Posted on 12-15-10


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2010) — The GRAMMY Foundation® ( announced today that 30 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for positions in the 2011 GRAMMY® Jazz Ensembles. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 53rd Annual GRAMMYAwards, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform in front of some of music's biggest names. Since 1993, the GRAMMY Foundation has provided students with this extraordinary musical experience. 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).


"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 DavisWest Linn, Ore.West Linn High School
Pittsburgh, Pa.High School for the Creative & Performing ArtsSoprano
HopeFloresLos AngelesLos Angeles County High School for the ArtsAlto
KaiaLagoniFort Collins, Colo.Rocky Mountain High SchoolAlto
TaylorDanielGermantown, Tenn.Briarcrest Christian SchoolAlto
DanielStanfillManhattan Beach, Calif.Mira Costa High SchoolTenor
TimothyNelsonBothell, Wash.Bothell High SchoolBass
TimothyOviaCincinnatiFinneytown High SchoolBass


GRAMMY Jazz Combo   

WilliamBridgesLauderhill, Fla.North Broward Preparatory SchoolAlto Sax
DavidJamesDel Mar, Calif.Canyon Crest AcademyDrums
AntonioMadrugaPembroke Pines, Fla.New World School of the ArtsPiano
ZacharyOstroffBelvedere, Calif.The Branson SchoolBass
Gabe Schnider Accord, N.Y.Poughkeepsie Day SchoolGuitar



GRAMMY Jazz Band   

PatrickBartleyCoral Springs, Fla.Dillard High School of the ArtsAlto Sax 1
TomKelleyCanton, Conn.Canton High SchoolAlto Sax 2
XavierDel CastilloCarnation, Wash.Roosevelt High SchoolTenor Sax
BenSolomonGlencoe, Ill.New Trier High SchoolTenor Sax
New World School of the ArtsBari Sax
ChristianMarreroBoynton Beach, Fla.Dreyfoos School of the ArtsTrumpet Lead
EnriqueSanchezKissimmee, Fla.Osceola County School of the ArtsTrumpet Lead
AdamO’FarrillBrooklyn, N.Y.Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the ArtsTrumpet Jazz
ShpakWalnut Creek, Calif.Northgate High SchoolTrumpet 4
St. ClairSimmons IIIDover, Pa.Dover Area High SchoolTrombone 1
CoryBorisKingston, N.Y.
Kingston Senior High School
Trombone 2
Tigard, Ore.Tigard High SchoolTrombone 3
ChrisPalowitchPleasanton, Calif.Amador Valley High SchoolBass Trombone
StevenGordonSanta Monica, Calif.Santa Monica High SchoolPiano
DarylJohnsEnglewood, N.J.Dwight-Englewood SchoolBass
AaronShapiroHighland Park, Ill.Highland Park High SchoolGuitar
EvanShermanShort Hills, N.J.Millburn High School 


The GRAMMY Foundation® was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. Campbell's Labels For Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY in the Schools® programs. For more information, please visit



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