SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Zach Colton-Max of South Orange is spending the week in California, instead of in school. The reason why: Colton-Max was one of 32 high school students from across the United States selected to participate in GRAMMY Camp, Jazz Session, which is a full week of events and experiences, including attending the GRAMMY Awards Ceremony this Sunday, Feb. 12.

GRAMMY Camp participants spend 10 days in Los Angeles, and while there, record an album (GRAMMY Jazz 25), rehearse, and perform at various GRAMMY Week events. Students will also get the chance to meet celebrities and perform at various venues, stated the organizers of GRAMMY Camp in a press release.

In addition to attending the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, the students will perform at the GRAMMY after party.   

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Colton-Max, who is a senior at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, has studied guitar and voice at Mark Murphy Music in South Orange for multiple years. Colton-Max was selected to be one of eight members of the GRAMMY Camp choir, where he sings tenor.

"When Zach is both playing the guitar and singing solo, he can really capture the audience. He has a presence and performs like a person who is older that Zach is," said Mark Murphy, owner of Mark Murphy's Music and one of Colton-Max’s teachers.

Colton-Max's parents, Nomi and Harold Colton-Max, and his brother all went to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to attend Colton-Max's GRAMMY Camp performances. "Zach is so excited to be part of this amazing group," said Nomi Colton-Max, adding, "and we can't wait to see him and the other students perform this week in L.A."

"GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session provides an unparalleled experience for some of the most talented young jazz singers and instrumentalists in the U.S. through extraordinary rehearsal, performance, and recording opportunities during GRAMMY Week," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation.

"The Recording Academy and its affiliated charities are proud to be a place of inspiration and collaboration for this program that encourages many of these gifted high school students to pursue professional careers in the music industry.”