Bumgardner chosen for Grammy Camp jazz program

The Grammy Foundation recently announced that Mount Si High School student Matt Bumgardner has been chosen for a spot in the 2012 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session.He is one of only 30 students in the U.S. selected for the honor, and the opportunity to perform in front of some of music's biggest names.

The selected students, representing 29 cities and 14 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 Dr. Leila Heil of the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Many past members of the program go on to enjoy thriving performance careers, including singer/pianist Peter Cincotti (2001), two-time GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist Gerald Clayton (2002), saxophonist Grace Kelly (2008), New York Philharmonic bassist David Grossman (1995) and pianist Aaron Parks (2000).

The selected students will perform at various Grammy Week events including an appearance at Grammy In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education. The young musicians will record at the legendary Capitol Studios & Mastering in Hollywood, courtesy of the EMI Music Group. Grammy Jazz Ensembles albums from 2007– 2011 are available for purchase at online music outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, Napster, and Rhapsody.

The Grammy Foundation has run this program since 1993, and is now accepting applications for 2013. For more information, visit


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