SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (dec. 8, 2017) — The GRAMMY Museum® announced today that 18 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for the 2018 GRAMMY Camp®—Jazz Session. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform for some of music's biggest names. The students, representing 18 cities in nine states, will travel to New York City for a seven-day musical adventure under the direction of Justin DiCioccio.

"We are very excited to hold GRAMMY Camp—Jazz Session in New York City this year and to showcase the talents of these high school instrumentalists in venues throughout Manhattan during GRAMMY® Week," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy™ and Chair of the Board of the GRAMMY Museum. "This program will provide students with unparalleled opportunities to rehearse, record, and perform with their fellow Jazz Session members. It will foster collaborative skills that are necessary for successful careers in any field—and are especially useful if these young people pursue professional paths in the music industry."

On Jan. 27, courtesy of The Power Station at BerkleeNYC, the young musicians will record an album (GRAMMY Jazz 26) at the legendary New York facility. Over the years, noted members of the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing® have worked with the ensembles during the recording process. GRAMMY Camp—Jazz Session albums from 2007–2017 are available for purchase via online music outlets such as Amazon and iTunes.

The selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events, including—for the ninth year—an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live!—A Celebration Of Music & Education sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. This special event, which is open to the public, will showcase the selectees, along with special guest artists, on Jan. 25, 2018, at The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/JM Kaplan Hall at The New School. The group will offer an additional public performance with special guest artists at the Iridium on Jan. 26. Further, GRAMMY Camp—Jazz Session members will perform at the official MusiCares® Person of the Year after-party celebration and will attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28 as guests of the Recording Academy. Their final performance will be at the GRAMMY Celebration® after-party.

GRAMMY Camp—Jazz Session is supported in part by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, and Gia Maione Prima Foundation, Inc. Additional support is provided by The Power Station at BerkleeNYC, Centerstaging, Gibson/Baldwin, JBL, Roland, Shure, and Zildjian Cymbals.

GRAMMY Camp—Jazz Session selectees are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships made possible through the GRAMMY Museum’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.

2018 GRAMMY Camp—Jazz Session Members

The 2018 GRAMMY Camp—Jazz Session members are listed by each student's instrument:

Name City State School Part
Max Hubbard     Champaign   Ill.  Champaign Central High School  Alto Sax
Mogi Taylor  Bellaire Texas  High School for the Visual & Performing Arts Alto Sax
Kieran Hitsman     Tamarac Fla. Dillard Center for the Arts  Tenor Sax
David Winograd Morganville   N.J.   High Technology High School    Tenor Sax
Veronica Leahy  Charlotte  N.C.   Charlotte Latin School   Baritone Sax   
Summer Camargo Hollywood  Fla. Dillard Center for the Arts    Trumpet
Joey Curreri          Marina Del Rey Calif.  Alexander Hamilton High School       Trumpet        
Zaq Davis      New York      N.Y.     Saint Ann’s School         Trumpet
Geoffrey Gallante      Alexandria    Va.    West Potomac High School        Trumpet        
Artem Rossin    Walnut Creek  Calif.  Northgate High School  Trumpet 
Reid Christmann Summit N.J.  Newark Academy       Trombone   
Leo Markel      Jupiter  Fla.    Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts  Trombone 
Zachary Niess Arlington Va. Yorktown High School Trombone  
Trystan Fritts      Corryton    Tenn.  Homeschooled    Bass Trombone
Esteban Castro    Hackensack   N.J.   Bergen County Academies      Piano   
Augustus Allen    Houston     Texas  High School for the Visual & Performing Arts  Bass
Jordan Reifkind      Los Angeles  Calif.   Los Angeles County High School for the Arts  Guitar   
Varun Das      Edison     N.J.  John P. Stevens High School           Drums


Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

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Christina Cassidy
Recording Academy
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