Five Litchfield Jazz Campers have been invited to perform with the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble. Our students are talented, humble and serious about jazz. Robin Baytas from Montclair High School in NJ, Gabe Schnider from Poughkeepsie Day School in NY, Ben Lusher from The Master School in NY but originally from Bermuda, Evan Sherman from Millburn Senior High School in NJ, and Dominic Sbrega from Deering High School in Portland, ME. Congratulations to them all!
"The GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles program brings together exceptionally talented high school vocalists and instrumentalists from across the country to create a jazz choir, combo and band," said GRAMMY Foundation and Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "These young people play with their peers as well as with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists during a once-in-a-lifetime GRAMMY Week experience and, in many cases, members of the Ensembles go on to promising professional careers. This program truly underscores the GRAMMY Foundation's mission to foster the next generation of music and its makers."
Gabe's local paper, The Poughkeepsie Journal, wrote a feature on his accomplishements. Below are highlights from the article:
Sixteen year old Litchfield Jazz Camp guitar student, Gabe Schnider, has been named a member of the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensembles. Schnider first learned about the Grammy band from other students at LJC. Schnider, 16, who lives in Accord, NY, is a jazz guitarist who has been spending his summers at Litchfield Jazz Camp since 2008. As one of 28 members of the Grammy Jazz Ensembles, he will perform with high school students from across the country for some of the music industry's biggest names during the days leading up to the 52nd Grammy Awards, which will be held Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.
Schnider and his fellow Grammy Jazz Ensemble members — who represent 25 cities and 12 states — will travel to Los Angeles for a week of musical events, under the direction of Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music, Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and Leila Heil of Colorado State University,
He first learned of the Grammy Jazz Ensembles while attending a summer jazz program at Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut. "I learned a little bit about this Grammy thing,“ he said. ”I heard about people who made the finals. It sounded like a fantasy, something that loomed in the distance.“
Read full article in the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Thanks to Gabe Schnider for sharing the photo of the five LJC students at the Grammys with us.