Monday, June 30, 2008


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 24, 2008) — The GRAMMY Foundation® announced today that 63 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected as participants in the fourth annual GRAMMY Camp®. From July 12 – 26, students will work with GRAMMY® Award-winning and -nominated professionals and industry specialists affiliated with The Recording Academy® to experience an immersive, interactive and highly collaborative residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, GRAMMY Camp provides instruction by industry professionals in a creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. GRAMMY Camp is sponsored in part by Epiphone.

"Through the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY in the Schools® programs, we have the ability to influence young people's lives by opening the windows of opportunity that music can provide for their futures," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and President of the GRAMMY Foundation. "GRAMMY Camp is a perfect example — with dynamic instruction across a broad range of career tracks and access to cutting edge technology, we're educating through music and helping to cultivate the next generation of artists and music industry professionals."

The curriculum engages students in the technical aspects of creating, performing and recording and emphasizes new and emerging music technologies. The program offers 12 music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Music Journalism; Music Production; and performance tracks in Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trombone and Trumpet. A new track this year, Concert Promotion/Production, is being coordinated by AEG Live. All tracks culminate in either media projects, CD recordings, and/or a showcase performance. The showcase concert will be held this year on July 25 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. GRAMMY Camp will be held at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles.

2008 GRAMMY Camp Selectees And Tracks

Ian Arnold - Bethesda, MD (Music Production)
Jessica Aycock - San Rafael, CA (Singer/Songwriter)
Grahm Bailey - Michigan City, IN (Keyboards)
Taylor Barner - Houston, TX (Music Production)
Julia Berlin - Montclair, NJ (Music Journalism/Concert Promotion)
Tadjh “iTALY” Brooks - Cincinnati, OH (Audio Engineering)
Vincent Camerano - Belingbrook, IL (Drums)
Jordan Carillo - West Covina, CA (Audio Engineering)
Edwin Carranza - San Fernando, CA (Bass)
Kamari Carter - Los Angeles, CA (Music Production)
Daniel Clark - Mableton, GA (Drums)
Scott Cohen - Pacific Palisades, CA (Music Production)
Natalie Cressman - San Francisco, CA (Trombone)
Joshua Crumbly - Palmdale, CA (Bass)
Parker Davis - Walla Walla, WA (Music Production)
Jef Derderian - Dinuba, CA (Trumpet)
James Dieffenbach - Pleasantville, PA (Singer/Songwriter)
Nicholas Diiorio - Petaluma, CA (Bass)
Gregory DiMartino - Sherman Oaks, CA (Bass)
Doron Dina - Beverly Hills, CA (Audio Engineering)
Sam Doniger - Los Angeles, CA (Guitar)
Andrew Ecklund - Lake Villa, IL (Music Production)
Toby Ellis - Wellfleet, MA (Drums)
Kwasi Fordjour - Houston, TX (Music Journalism/Concert Promotion)
Adam Gertner -Englewood, CO (Drums)
Josh Goldenberg - Piedmont, CA (Music Production)
Jillian Grutta - Coeur d’Alene, ID (Singer/Songwriter)
Faith Hahn - New Hope, PA (Singer/Songwriter)
Katie Hale - La CaƱada, CA (Singer/Songwriter)
Barry Harris - Glenolden, PA (Singer/Songwriter)
Ramond Harris - Atlanta, GA (Music Production)
Mike Harrison - Dearborn Heights, MI (Guitar)
Travis Henry - Divide, CO (Keyboards)
Jordan Holt - Inglewood, CA (Music Production)
Tycho Horan - Santa Monica, CA (Music Production)
Edward Jay Jackson - Atlanta, GA (Music Production)
Ryan Jarvis - Darien, IL (Bass)
Alexandra Kelly - Fair Lawn, NJ (Singer/Songwriter)
Trevy Kiy - San Diego, CA (Music Production)
Justin Klunk - Torrance, CA (Saxophone)
Benjamin Kreitman - Palo Alto, CA (Trumpet)
Kristin Kuraishi - Irvine, CA (Music Production)
Joseph LeMay - Dyersberg, TN (Singer/Songwriter)
Rachel McClusky - Evanston, IL (Singer/Songwriter)
Sammy Miller - Rolling Hills, CA (Drums)
Nick Paton - Colorado Springs, CO (Audio Engineering)
Ben Pedrosa - Los Angeles, CA (Audio Engineering)
Max Plisskin - Danville, CA (Music Production)
Lana Ray - Concord, NC (Keyboards)
Steven Ray - Concord, NC (Guitar)
Jenay Ross - Rodeo, CA (Music Journalism/Concert Promotion)
Ashley Miracle Ruiz - San Antonio, TX (Singer/Songwriter)
Ashton Ruiz - San Antonio, TX (Singer/Songwriter)
Richard Saunders - Simsbury, CT (Singer/Songwriter)
Julian Sharifi - Long Beach, CA (Keyboards)
John Shippey - Santa Monica, CA (Guitar)
Shane Silver - Studio City, CA (Music Production)
Branduin Stroud - San Francisco, CA (Singer/Songwriter)
Talia - Scottsdale, AZ (Singer/Songwriter)
Sarah Tither Kaplan - Los Angeles, CA (Music Journalism/Concert Promotion)
Meryl Williams - Oakland, CA (Keyboards)
Dertrick Winn Jr. - Austin, TX (Music Journalism/Concert Promotion)
Adam Zuckerman - Santa Monica, CA (Guitar)

Monday, June 16, 2008

GRAMMY® Campers Get Starry Night Reception

All students selected for the 2008 GRAMMY Camp® will be walking the red carpet for Starry Night. Starry Night — the annual signature gala of the GRAMMY Foundation® — is presented by Gibson Foundation. This year it will honor six-time GRAMMY® winner Sir George Martin, producer, arranger, composer and author. Martin is listed in the Guinness World Records as the most successful producer ever, with more than 50 No. 1 hit records over five decades in the United States and Great Britain alone.

The star-studded event will feature performances by some of the most celebrated artists in the world and multi-GRAMMY Award-winning producer and former GRAMMY Foundation Board member David Foster will serve as the evening's musical director. An outstanding array of musical luminaries will perform including acclaimed pianist and singer/songwriter A Fine Frenzy aka Alison Sudol, America, Burt Bacharach, Jeff Beck, Chris Botti, Natalie Cole, Kurt Elling, Dave Grusin, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald, Naomi Sommers and Jimmy Webb. In addition, members of the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles will perform. Other special guests and performers will be announced shortly.