Many people dream of becoming a famous musician, performing for hundreds of people and even a t.v. audience. Well, here in small town Jasper, Alabama we have a young man quickly succeeding at just that. Jim Trotter, a senior at Walker High School, spent 10 days of his summer in well-known Los Angeles, California on the campus of USC at Grammy Camp. This camp is attended by several very talented, up and coming musicians of our generation. Two thousand people applied but only eighy one students had the honor of being accepted. The camp is attended by those with a variety of talents in the music industry including keyboardists, guitarists, bassists, singer/songwriters, audio engineers, and music journalists. Of the 81 people, only 6 were keyboardists, including Trotter.
Students were required to make a video application, and Jim recalls making his at the very last moment thanks to Gina Scruggs and the 09/10 WHS Media Staff and Mrs. Matthews. In the video, Jim left a lasting impression on the Grammy Staff ending with calling himself “Jump Drive Jim”, saying that he was willing and ready to be filled with information much like you would load a jump drive with documents. After submitting his video, Jim received his acceptance call mid April from camp director Gary Shields, who quoted back to Jim that they were ready to fill his drive. Jim is the only Alabamian ever to be accepted.
When Trotter arrived at camp he was greeted by the Grammy Foundation. “Then I knew,” he says, “I was there for serious things- there for business.” He and the rest of camp attendees were in for a long 10 days, starting at 6 a.m. and ending roughly around 11:30 p.m. These days consisted of rehearsals, studio time, and lectures about social networking and promoting themselves. The first day the students were divided into bands according to skill level and were given music to perform by the end of the day. Jim’s band took up the name “Mishmosh” and he recalls receiving a jazz piece stating, “I had never played jazz in my life!”
As the days went by, Jim met members of popular band Maroon 5 (whom Jim’s band performed for), Monique Coleman from High School Musical, and Colbie Cailliat. Trotter also participated in a Converse photo shoot that only a select few students were chosen for, and was invited to Jimmie Jamz recoding studio where Micheal Jackson and Mariah Carey recorded.
The goal was to qualify to perform at the final concert, which Mishmosh did. They performed 4 songs at Elrey theatre for around 800 people including 3 cast members from the ABC show Glee. Jim labels the experience as “The most amazing time of my life!”
Jim still stays in touch with the people of the Grammy Foundation and the lifelong friends he made. Jim also plans to audition for the Grammy Jazz Ensemble.
To see Jim perform go to www.grammyintheschools.com and click 2010 showcase concert.
By: Hannah Studdard, Media Staff Writer