Lincoln-Way North Student is Headed to the Grammys
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Lincoln-Way North senior Jack Kotze was one of 32 talented high school students from across the United States to be selected by The GRAMMY Foundation for the 2016 GRAMMY Camp Jazz Session. Selection into this elite group launches students into the spotlight surrounding the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and provides them with opportunities to perform for some of music's biggest names. The students, representing 29 cities and 15 states, will travel to Los Angeles for a weeklong musical adventure.

"Each year, GRAMMY Camp Jazz Session brings together some of the most gifted jazz singers and instrumentalists and gives them an extraordinary musical experience during GRAMMY Week," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy. "These talented young people demonstrate their gifts by making music with their peers and performing with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists at a range of events. We're especially proud that many of them actually go on to have successful careers in our music industry."

While he is excited and honored by this opportunity, Kotze said, To me, playing jazz means expressing what cannot be expressed through words. It is amazing to have a conversation with other musicians though music. And he will get his chance to do this at the start of 2016 at The Grammys.

From Feb. 1214, courtesy of Capitol Studios & Mastering, the young musicians will record an album (GRAMMY Jazz 24) at the legendary facility in Hollywood, Calif. Over the years, noted members of The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing have worked with the ensembles during the recording process. Among many performances throughout the weekend, Kotze will also attend the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 15 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration after-party.

As well, Kotze was named as a member of Music For Alls 2016 Jazz Band of America. Members of the applied music faculty from some of our countrys leading universities evaluated the recordings and auditions. The performance level of all of the recordings was extremely high, and you should be very proud of your accomplishments, representatives told Kotze. We are excited that you will be a part of the prestigious 2016 Jazz Band of America. Michael Philip Mossman, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Yamaha Performing Artist, will conduct the Jazz Band for 2016. We expect this opportunity will be a milestone in your musical career.

Im extremely honored to have been selected to play in Music for all Jazz Band of America, and the 2016 Grammy band, Kotze shared. I cant wait to be with some of the other best jazz high school players in the country; I feel it will be a life changing experience.

Lincoln-Way North music instructor, band director, and Marching Phoenix Director Kirk Hickman continues to enjoy hearing of Kotzes many honors and distinctions. Both alone are massive accomplishments; getting them both is amazing! Jack is a very talented young man, Hickman boasted.

Kotze, however, was quick to share the credit. Lincoln-Way has given me great teachers who have pushed me to perform better and become a better musician, it has also given me great opportunities which will aide me further in life."