GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training Set For Feb. 8

GRAMMY winners Pepe Aguilar and Warryn Campbell among participants to offer music career close-ups to L.A.-area students
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    BC Jean
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    Pepe Aguilar
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    DJ Skee
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    Warryn Campbell
February 02, 2012 -- 6:44 pm PST

The GRAMMY Foundation has announced the annual GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training will take place during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 8 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Top music industry professionals and artists set to attend the event are current GRAMMY nominee Pepe Aguilar; songwriter/producer Evan Bogart; GRAMMY-winning producer Warryn Campbell and engineer Manny Marroquin; singers/songwriters BC Jean and Sarah Darling; video director Matthew Cherry; songwriter/producer Eman; actor Roshon Fegan (Disney Channel's "Shake It Up"); saxist Miguel Gandelman and percussionist Kevin Ricard; members of the Latin GRAMMY-nominated La Santa Cecilia; Siriux XM Radio and KISS-FM on-air personality DJ Skee; and producer/drummer Vince Wilburn Jr.

Other participants include Diana Beas, head of licensing and Latin music for Secret Road Music Services; Didi Benami, singer/songwriter; Amanda Berman, senior director of A&R at EMI Music Publishing; Ryan Chisholm, talent manager, Bill Silva Entertainment; DJ Hapa, national brand director of Scratch DJ Academy; Scott Igoe, music talent booker, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"; Chad Greer, founder, Dirt Road Entertainment; Thornell Jones, Fortress Marketing; Kevin Korn, Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency; Jasmine Marvin, general manager, My Block Records; Rickey Minor, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" music director; Brandon Operchuck, director of performance venues, USC; Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation; Christopher Sampson, associate dean for the USC Thornton School of Music; Brian Vinikoor, head of marketing and new media, Secret Road Music Services; Anthony Valadez, KCRW-FM DJ and entrepreneur; Larry Wade, executive vice president of the Writing Camp LLC; and Monica Young, Blue Key Management.         

More than 700 Los Angeles-area high school students will attend GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training to hear music industry professionals and artists discuss the realities of the music business and careers in the industry. GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training, a GRAMMY in the Schools initiative of the GRAMMY Foundation, is supported by the Fort Motor Company Fund and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, with additional funding provided by Best Buy and Converse.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One/Dial Global, and covered online at and, and on YouTube.

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