SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2013) — The GRAMMY Foundation® ( announced today that 32 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for positions in the 2014 GRAMMY Camp® — Jazz Session. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform in front of some of music's biggest names. 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 associate choral director Susanna Wegner of Kansas City, Mo. This year, two students 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.

"GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session has been fostering the next generation of music and its makers since 1993, and the results have been truly impressive," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy®. "Not only do these young people have a once-in-a-lifetime experience during GRAMMY Week playing with their peers as well as with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists at a range of events, but many of them go on to enjoy thriving performance careers, including singer/pianist Peter Cincotti, three-time GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist Gerald Clayton, New York Philharmonic bassist David J. Grossman, GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Brandon Heath, saxophonist Grace Kelly, and pianist Aaron Parks, among others."

The selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events including — for the fifth year— an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. This special evening, which is open to the public, will showcase the selectees, along with special guest artists, on Jan. 22, 2014, at the University of Southern California. The group will offer another public performance at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment with a special guest artist on Jan. 23. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members will also attend the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration® after-party.

On Jan. 23–25, the young musicians will again record at the legendary Capitol Studios & Mastering in Hollywood, Calif., courtesy of the EMI Music Group. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session albums from 2007–2013 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 2014 GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session members are listed by each student's instrument, role, or voice:

Name City State School  Part
Alyssa McDoom Weston FL Cypress Bay High School Soprano
Ashley Pezzotti Plantation FL Miami Arts Charter School Soprano
Darynn Dean Los Angeles CA Mira Costa High School Alto
Stephanie Hansen Clive IA Valley High School Alto
Colby Ewatuya Allen TX Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Tenor
Dylan DeAnda Grapevine TX Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Tenor
Robert Washington III Augusta GA Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School Bass
Caleb Collins Palos Verdes CA Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Bass
Matt Wong San Francisco CA Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Piano
Kanoa Mendenhall Novato CA Marin School of the Arts Bass
Joshua Bermudez Miami FL New World School of the Arts Guitar
Adrian Cota West Covina CA Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Drums
Zoe Obadia Glen Ridge NJ Glen Ridge High School Alto Sax 1
Immanuel Wilkins Upper Darby PA Upper Darby High School Alto Sax 2 
Yesseh Furaha-Ali Upper Darby PA Upper Darby High School  Tenor Sax
Andy Arditi Encino CA Harvard-Westlake School Tenor Sax 
Henry Solomon Woodside CA Interlochen Arts Academy Bari Sax            
Andrew Stephens Sacramento CA Rio Americano High School Trumpet Lead
Liam Werner Montclair NJ Montclair High School Trumpet Jazz
Michael Gutierrez Clovis CA Buchanan High School Trumpet 3
John Otten Seattle WA Roosevelt High School Trumpet 4
Fernando Ferrarone Miami FL Felix Varela Senior High School Trumpet 5
Johnathan Black Tucson AZ Tucson High Magnet School Trombone 1
Coleman Hughes Montclair NJ Newark Academy  Trombone 2
Jeffery Miller New Orleans LA New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Trombone 3
Peter Wikle Santa Ana CA Orange County School of the Arts Bass Trombone
Austin Thomas Houston TX High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Piano
Cole Davis New York NY Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music Bass  
& Art and Performing Arts
Aris Kare Rancho Palos Verdes CA Palos Verdes High School Guitar
Cameron MacIntosh South Orange NJ Columbia High School Drums
Media Team
Drew Schwendiman Summit NJ Summit High School
Lauren Craig  Chicago IL Fenwick 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. 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. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014. For more information on the Music Educator Award, please visit For more information about the Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook at, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at and join us on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn at



Media Contacts:

Christina Cassidy/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/

Hannah Berryman/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/


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