The students, who represent 29 cities, 13 states and two Canadian provinces, will travel to Los Angeles for a jam-packed musical adventure. They will participate in intensive rehearsals on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 under the direction of Musical Directors Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music and Dr. Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. The Ensembles will then perform at renowned jazz clubs in Los Angeles, including The Vic on Feb. 9 (6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show) and the Knitting Factory Club Hollywood on Feb. 10 (7 p.m. show). As a grand finale, they will perform at the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast ceremonies and the Post-Telecast Celebration, as well as attend the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 13 as guests of The Recording Academy(R).
"The Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles program continues to provide talented high school musicians an outstanding opportunity to meet and play with peer musicians from across the country," said GRAMMY Foundation and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "This once-in-a-lifetime experience brings together future music makers to perform with GRAMMY-nominated artists and attend the GRAMMY Awards. This unique initiative is just one of the ways in which the GRAMMY Foundation engages young people in stimulating and fulfilling educational programs, while striving to keep music and arts curricula in our schools."
Students also are eligible for college scholarships through the college incentive program (more than $2 million available) and through program partners Berklee College of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, New School University, and Manhattan School of Music.
This year, Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano again have teamed up with the GRAMMY Foundation to sponsor the 2005 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles. The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) provides the outreach to the music education community.
"Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano are committed to music education and the rewards music can offer a student throughout his or her life," said Henry Juskiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson and Baldwin. "The Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble program gives these talented young musicians a chance to perform with some of the world's greatest musicians and team up with remarkable people from the GRAMMY Foundation."
New for 2005, the high schools of each entrant will receive a 90-day subscription to SmartMusic, the complete music practice system by MakeMusic!. The finalists' respective schools also will receive exclusive access to download and print special musical compositions by current GRAMMY nominee Brian McKnight, multiple GRAMMY-winning composer/arranger Vince Mendoza, and Dr. Ron McCurdy for their ensembles. Additionally, the school of each selectee will receive Finale(R) by MakeMusic! and a professional set of high-hat cymbals courtesy of the Zildjian Company. Additionally, BET Jazz will record the 2005 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles' week-long experience, to be televised in the fall of 2005.
Students interested in the 2006 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles program can download the application at www.GRAMMYFoundation.com or contact the GRAMMY Foundation at email@example.com or 877-GRAMMY-Ed. The GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles program was launched regionally in 1993 and expanded nationally in 1999.
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The mission of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) is to assure the continued worldwide growth and development of jazz and jazz education. As a part of that mission, the Association initiates programs which nurture and promote the understanding and appreciation of jazz and its heritage, provides leadership to educators regarding curricula and performance, assists teachers and practitioners with information and resources, and takes an active part in organizing clinics, festivals and symposia at local, regional, national and international levels. Presently, active memberships total upwards of 7,000 teachers, musicians, students, music industry representatives, and enthusiasts in 35 countries.
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music on American culture -- from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of the 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 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. For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation and its programs, please visit www.grammy.com/foundation.
Selectees to the 2005 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles are (listed by each student's name, hometown, school, and instrument or voice):
2005 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Band David Palma Miami, Fla. New World School Alto Sax of the Arts Patrick Keller Niskayuna, N.Y. Niskayuna High Alto Sax School Ross Mintzer Interlochen, Interlochen Arts Tenor Sax Mich. Academy Alex Hoffman Potomac, Md. Winston Churchill Tenor Sax High School Danny Rivera Bellerose, N.Y. LaGuardia High Baritone Sax School of Performing Arts Brian Chahley Toronto, Ont. Earl Haig Secondary Trumpet School Jonathan Challoner Coombs, B.C. Kwalikum Secondary Trumpet School Kyle Athayde Orinda, Calif. Acalanes High School Trumpet Stephen Forse Lake Jackson, Brazoswood High Trumpet Texas School Rami Hachache La Verne, Calif. Bonita High School Trumpet Harrison Kirk El Cajon, Calif. Coronado High Trombone School Ken Christofferson Seattle, Wash. Roosevelt High Trombone School Miles Fielder Denver, Colo. Denver School Trombone of the Arts Nick Finzer Rochester, N.Y. Hilton High Trombone School David Rosenthal Longmeadow, Mass. Longmeadow High Guitar School Victor Gould Simi Valley, L.A. County High Piano Calif. School for the Arts Earl Travis Houston, Texas High School for Bass Performing and Visual Arts Stephen Renko Euclid, Ohio St. Ignatius High Drums School 2005 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Choir Emma Love Nanaimo, B.C. Wellington Secondary Soprano Alexandra Isley Los Angeles, L.A. County High Soprano Calif. School for the Arts Katie Thiroux Chatsworth, Calif. Hamilton High School Alto Academy of Music Rachel Udall San Jose, Calif. Archbishop Mitty Alto High School Charles Turner Carson, Calif. Hamilton High School Tenor Academy of Music Pratik Dash Franklin, Tenn. Franklin High School Tenor Kyle Heimbrock Greenwood Vill., Cherry Creek Bass Colo. High School Michael Luebke Sioux City, Iowa East High School Bass 2005 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Combo Andrew Carroll Manlius, N.Y. Manlius Pebble Piano Hill School William Norris Seminole, Fla. Seminole High School Bass Corey Fonville Virginia Beach, The Governor's School Drums Va. for the Arts