The Grammy Foundation® Selects Students From Across The U.S. to Participate in the Prestigious Grammy Camp®

gf_campThe GRAMMY Foundation® ( announced recently 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'ssocial 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:


Name Part City, State School

Kate Gratson Soprano Brooklyn, NY Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art

Elena Pinderhughes Soprano Berkeley, CA Berkeley High School

Chloe Brisson Alto Hanover, NH Hanover High School

Ashley Pezzotti Alto Plantation, FL Miami Arts Charter School

Nathan Heldman Tenor Los Angeles, CA Academy of Music at Hamilton High School

Elliot Skinner Tenor Plano, TX Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts

Chris Burrus Bass Nashville, TN Montgomery Bell Academy

Mark Mekailian Bass Arcadia, CA Los Angeles County High School for the Arts


James Francies Piano Houston, TX Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing And Visual Arts

Andrew Sommer Bass Marietta, GA Indiana University High School

Simone Boszormenyi Guitar San Jose, CA Bentley School

Adrian Cota Drums West Covina, CA Los Angeles County High School for the Arts


Sam Hart Alto Sax 1 New City, NY Clarkstown High School South

Lenard Simpson Alto Sax 2 Milwaukee, WI Wauwatosa East High School

Matthew Babineaux Tenor Sax Mesquite, TX Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Julian Lee Tenor Sax Montclair, NJ Montclair High School

Henry Solomon Bari Sax Woodside, CA Interlochen Arts Academy

Michael Raehpour Trumpet Lead Witchita, KS Andover High School

Nathan Sparks Trumpet 2 Prairie City, IA Southeast Polk Senior High School

Fernando Ferrarone Trumpet 3 Miami, FL Felix Varela Senior High School

Aidan Lombard Trumpet Jazz Kenilworth, IL New Trier Township High School

Max Boiko Trumpet 5 Sunrise, FL Dillard High School

Johnathan Black Trombone 1 Tucson, AZ Tucson High Magnet School

Coleman Hughes Trombone 2 Montclair, NJ Newark Academy

Blake Manternach Trombone 3 Coralville, IA West High School

Peter Wikle Bass Trombone Santa Ana, CA Orange County School of the Arts

Matthew Malanowski Piano Farmingdale, NY Farmingdale High School

Bob Bruya Bass Ellensburg, WA Ellensburg High School

Francis Salerno Guitar De Pere, WI De Pere High School

Fredric Griggs Drums Carlisle, PA Carlisle High School

Media Team

Cameron Capers Stone Mountain, GA DeKalb School of the Arts

Allison Spice Trabuco Canyon, CA Mission Viejo High School

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