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Summit's Reid Christmann Again Selected for Prestigious GRAMMY Jazz Band

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SANTA MONICA, CA -  For the second consecutive year, Reid Christmann -- Hilltop City resident and Newark Academy senior -- is one of 18 talented high school students from across the U.S. who have been selected by The GRAMMY Museum for the 2018 GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session.

Trombonist Christmann and his fellow musicians' selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held January 28 at Madison Square Garden, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform for some of music's biggest names. The students, representing 18 cities in nine states, will travel to New York City for a seven-day musical adventure under the direction of Justin DiCioccio.

"We are very excited to hold GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session in New York City this year and to showcase the talents of these high school instrumentalists in venues throughout Manhattan during GRAMMY Week," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and Chair of the Board of the GRAMMY Museum. "This program will provide students with unparalleled opportunities to rehearse, record, and perform with their fellow Jazz Session members. It will foster collaborative skills that are necessary for successful careers in any field—and are especially useful if these young people pursue professional paths in the music industry."

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On January 27, courtesy of The Power Station at BerkleeNYC, the young musicians will record an album -- GRAMMY Jazz 26 -- at the legendary New York facility. Over the years, noted members of the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing have worked with the ensembles during the recording process. GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session albums from 2007–17 are available for purchase via online music outlets such as Amazon and iTunes.

The selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events, including -- for the ninth year -- an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live!—A Celebration Of Music & Education sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. This special event, which is open to the public, will showcase the selectees, along with special guest artists, on January 25, at The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson / JM Kaplan Hall at The New School.

The group will offer an additional public performance with special guest artists at the Iridium on January 26. Further, GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session members will perform at the official MusiCares Person of the Year after-party celebration and will attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 28 as guests of the Recording Academy. Their final performance will be at the GRAMMY Celebration after-party.

GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session selectees are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships made possible through the GRAMMY Museum’s college partners: Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and USC Thornton School of Music. In addition, each selectee's school will receive a professional cymbal courtesy of the Zildjian Company.

Other New Jersey high schoolers selected include:

David Winograd, High Technology High School, Morganville - Tenor Sax
Esteban Castro, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ - Piano
Varun Das, John P. Stevens High School, Edison - Drums

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