Posted on 12-14-12


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2012) — The GRAMMY Foundation® ( announced today that 32 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for positions in the 2013 GRAMMY Camp® — Jazz Session (formerly known as GRAMMY® Jazz Ensembles). Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 55th Annual GRAMMYAwards®, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform in front of some of music's biggest names. The students, representing 31 cities and 15 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 the University of Colorado, Boulder. This year, two members will comprise the GRAMMY in the Schools Media Team, and they will document the GRAMMY Week experience for a range of the GRAMMY Foundation's social media platforms. Many past members of the GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session program go on to enjoy thriving performance careers, including singer/pianist Peter Cincotti (2001), two-time GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist Gerald Clayton (2002), New York Philharmonic bassist David Grossman (1995), GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Brandon Heath (1994), saxophonist Grace Kelly (2008), and pianist Aaron Parks (2000).

"Since 1993, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session has provided students with an extraordinary musical experience that brings to life the mission of the GRAMMY Foundation: to foster the next generation of music and its makers," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy®. "While they're here, these young artists will experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when they play with their peers as well as with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists at a range of programs during GRAMMY Week."

The selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events including — for the fourth year— an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools® Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and the Starkey Hearing Foundation. This special evening, which is open to the public, will showcase the selectees, along with student alumni from GRAMMY Camp and GRAMMY Signature Schools, with special guest artists on Feb. 6, 2013, at USC. The group will offer another public performance at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment with a special guest artist on Feb. 7. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members will also will attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration® after-party.

On Feb. 8–9, the young musicians will again record at the legendary Capitol Studios & Mastering in Hollywood, Calif., courtesy of the EMI Music Group. GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles albums from 2007–2012 are available for purchase at online music outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, Napster, and Rhapsody.

The GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session 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.

The 2013 GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session members are listed by each student's instrument, role, or voice:

KatGratsoBrooklyN.Y.Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & ArtSoprano
ElenaPinderhughesBerkeleyCalif.Berkeley High SchoolSoprano
ChloeBrissonHanoverN.H.Hanover High SchoolAlto
AshleyPezzottiPlantationFla. Miami Arts Charter School Alto
NathanHeldmanLos AngelesCalif.Academy of Music at Hamilton High SchoolTenor
ElliottSkinnerPlanoTexasBooker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsBass
ChrisBurrusNashvilleTenn.Montgomery Bell AcademyBass
MarkMekailianArcadiaCalif.Los Angeles County High School for the ArtsBass
JamesFranciesHoustonTexasHigh School for the Performing and Visual ArtsPiano
AndrewSommerMariettaGa.Indiana University High SchoolBass
SimoneBoszormenyiSan JoseCalif.Bentley SchoolGuitar
AdrianCotaWest CovinaCalif.Los Angeles County High School for the Arts


SamHartNew CityN.Y.Clarkstown High School SouthAlto Sax 1
LenardSimpsonMilwaukeeWis.Wauwatosa East High SchoolAlto Sax 2
MatthewBabineauxMesquiteTexasBooker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Tenor Sax

JulianLeeMontclairN.J.Montclair High SchoolTenor Sax
HenrySolomonWoodsideCalif.Interlochen Arts AcademyBari Sax  
MichaelRaehpourWitchitaKan.Andover High School

Trumpet Lead

NathanSparksPrairie CityIowaSoutheast Polk Senior High SchoolTrumpet 2
FernandoFerraroneMiamiFla.Felix Varela Senior High SchoolTrumpet 3
AidanLombardKenilworthIll.New Trier Township High SchoolTrumpet Jazz
MaxBoikoSunriseFla.Dillard High SchoolTrumpet 5
JohnathanBlackTucsonAriz.Tucson High Magnet School

Trombone 1

ColemanHughesMontclairN.J.Newark AcademyTrombone 2
BlakeManternachCoralvilleIowaWest High SchoolTrombone 3
PeterWikleSanta AnaCalif.Orange County School of the ArtsBass Trombone
MatthewMalanowskiFarmingdaleN.Y.Farmingdale High SchoolPiano
BobBruyaEllensburgWash.Ellensburg High SchoolBass
FrancisSalernoDe PereWis.De Pere High SchoolGuitar
FredricGriggsCarlislePa.Carlisle High SchoolDrums
Media Team
CameronCapersStone MountainGa.DeKalb School of the Arts
AllisonSpiceTrabuco CanyonCalif.Mission Viejo High Schoo

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 For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools" on Facebook at and follow @GRAMMYFdn on Twitter at

Media Contacts:

Christina Cassidy/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/
Hannah Berryman/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/
Michael Collard/Rogers & Cowan/310.854.8169/
Heather Lewandoski/Rogers & Cowan/310.854.8147/