NWSA music student participates in the prestigious Grammy Camp® — Jazz Session Program

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Joshua Bermudez 2015 Grammy Camp - Jazz Session participantJoshua Bermudez, a senior in the New World School of the Arts high school program, is among 32 talented high school students from across the United States that have been selected for positions in the 2015 GRAMMY Camp® — Jazz Session, announced the GRAMMY Foundation® Bermudez, who also participated in the program last year, was the only student selected nationwide in the Band category for Guitar.
 
“I am very fortunate to be chosen once again to be a part of the Grammy Camp Jazz Session. It is an immeasurable opportunity to work with some of the best high school jazz students and instructors from all over the country,” said Bermudez. “It’s an honor to be part of such a prestigious event and to be a guest of the Grammy Foundation.”
 
Joshua, who graduates this year from the NWSA high school program, hopes to study jazz performance in college. He aspires to eventually move to New York City and integrate into the thriving jazz scene of the city, not only to play with the great artists of the jazz genre, but to also compose original music.   
 
The selection of these young musicians launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities toperform for some of music's biggest names. The students, representing 31 cities and 13 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 associate choral director Susanna Wegner of Kansas City, Mo. This year, two students will comprise the GRAMMY in the Schools® Media Team, and will document the GRAMMY® Week experience for a range of the GRAMMY Foundation's social media platforms.
 
The selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events, including — for the sixth year— an appearance at GRAMMY In The SchoolsLive! — A Celebration Of Music & Education, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members will also attend the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration® after-party. On Feb. 5–7, the young musicians will again record at the legendary Capitol Studios & Mastering in Hollywood, Calif., courtesy of the EMI Music Group. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session albums from 2007–2014 are available for purchase at online music outlets such as Amazon, iTunes and Rhapsody.
 
A member of a highly artistic family, Joshua Bermudez began studying guitar at age 12. His mother is a classical singer, his father is a jazz guitarist, and his sister is a dancer. In 2013, he received an Outstanding Guitar Solo Award at the Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City and was awarded a top scholarship from the Gold Coast Jazz Society in Florida, which he used to attend the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop in Louisville and the Centrum Jazz Camp in Port Townsend. Joshua was a part of the prestigious Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony in Lake Tahoe, California and a 2014 National YoungArts Winner, as well as the guitarist for the high school jazz combo at the Grammy Camp Jazz Session in Los Angeles, CA in January 2014.He was recognized by Downbeat Magazine in their 37th Annual Student Awards as an Outstanding High School Soloist and was also selected to be part of the 2014-15 Thelonious Monk National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Septet, playing at the annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and All-Star Gala at the Dolby.
 
The GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session selectees are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships made possible through the GRAMMY Foundation'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, eachselectee's school will receive a professional cymbal courtesy of the Zildjian Company. The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recordedmusic to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission throughprograms and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of thesignificant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy partnered to present their first Music Educator Award in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the second annual Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2015. For more information about our music education programs, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com.
 
Music at NWSA: The academic music curriculum at NewWorld School of the Arts fosters creativity and develops knowledge of musical heritage. Course work strives to develop the student's growth and maturity in comprehensive musicianship. The study of music history and theory is pursued by taking a variety of classes including foundations of music; surveys of music history in the western world, jazz and pop music in America, and music of the world's people; and seminars in composition aesthetics, jazz improvisation,chamber music, and general musicianship. Areas of concentration include piano, instrumental, composition and vocals.
 
Under the direction of Jim Gasior, director of NWSA’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, numerous jazz students have been recognized on a national scale.  Among their most recent honors, the Jazz Ensemble participated in the Thelonious Monk Institute national Peer-To-Peer Jazz Education Program multiple times, joining other students from across the nation. In addition, the NWSA Jazz Ensemble has been selected as a finalist band, competing in the Essentially Ellington competition in New York City in numerous occasions. “Jim Gasior has had the biggest influence on me during my stay at NWSA. He brings enthusiasm to everything he teaches and is dedicated to giving us the best information hecan. He is committed to inspiring a love for jazz and the beauty of connection through music in all of his students,” concluded Joshua Bermudez.
 
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
 
Information about the NWSA Music program is available by calling 305-237-7855 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.