Anthony Hervey (left, on trumpet) performing at in NYC at the Ellington Jazz Festival. (May 2014)
Dillard High senior Anthony Hervey is one of 32 students from across the United States selected for positions in the 2015 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform 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. Hervey is also a member of the nationally renowned and award winning Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble.
"Since 1993, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session has been gathering the top high school jazz singers and instrumentalists for an extraordinary GRAMMY Week experience where young people have the opportunity to play with their peers and with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists at a range of events," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy®. "When we look back at the students who have participated over the years, it really is the best and the brightest in the genre and this year's group is no exception."
The selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events, including — for the sixth year— an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education,sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. This special evening, which is open to the public, will showcase the selectees, along with special guest artists, on Feb. 4, 2015, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The group will offer more public performances with special guest artists at Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach, Calif., on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5, respectively. 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.
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.
6 Seniors To Showcase Their Works In The First Of Two Art Shows
You don't want to miss the impressive works of 2015 Senior Class Visual Arts Majors, who are presenting their works at the DCA Art Gallery THURSDAY, December 4, 2014. The opening night reception begins at 4PM and will last until 6:30 PM. Each artist will be on hand to not only meet and greet you personally, but their respective art work will be available for purchase.
Featured artist include seniors Key-Shawn Austin, Kendy Calixte, Ayssa Camacho, Elizabeth Clark, Rasi Moore and Cynthia Tejada. Although the exhibit last through December 12, all artist will be in hand on THURSDAY the 4th to sale and showcase their works personally.
Each year countless arts patrons are amazed at the high quality of work our visual arts majors exhibit. Under the exceptional guidance of Ms. Stacey Jenkins, Mr. Celestin Joseph and Mrs. Barbara Mazur, our students produce work that is well beyond their years. So here is your chance to experience it yourself. We invite you to not only come out and enjoy an incredible artistic experience, but also support our young artist of tomorrow.
Admission is complimentary and refreshments will be served.
The Broward Art Guild is the oldest and largest organization of working artists in Broward County. Formed in the late 1940's, originally as a branch of the American Artists Professional League, the Guild later evolved into an independent, not-for-profit organization. The Guild offered the students an opportunity to enter multiple pieces of their work to be judged on September 27th. Exhibition selections will also have the opportunity to sell their artwork. The exhibit ran from October 1st until October 10th. Our very own Esdras Saint-Preux won Honorable Mention for "Freedom." Click here to see some of the outstanding work presented by the Dillard ECT students of Stacey Jenkins Digital Arts program.
Dillard High School Principal Casandra Robinson named one of Florida’s top principals by Florida TaxWatch and FSU’s Learning Systems Institute
Broward County Public Schools Dillard High School Principal Casandra Robinson has been named one of Florida’s top performing principals by Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability and the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University. In all, six principals throughout the state were revealed recently as recipients of the Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Awards. Recognition is based on analysis of student achievement gains in reading and mathematics in high-risk public schools.
“Great leadership is the cornerstone of a successful school,” said Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. “Congratulations to the great leaders honored with the Principal Leadership Award. I applaud the bold action each of them has taken to ensure their students have the best chance for success in college, career and life.”
We are very proud of Principal Robinson and the great leadership she provides to her students, teachers, staff and the community of Dillard High School,” said Broward Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “The students and staff continued accomplishments are evidence of her hard work and commitment to student achievement.”
The Principal Leadership Awards program is part of the Florida TaxWatch and Learning Systems Institute Principal Leadership Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to improve student achievement in high-risk schools and close the achievement gap by studying the identified principals and changing state policies to reflect their successful practices.
“These six principals are breaking down barriers to achievement for high-risk students by creating the best learning environment for their success,” said Robert Weissert, chief research officer for Florida TaxWatch. “By applying the characteristics that help these principals foster student achievement to all principals in all schools, Florida can ensure every student can be successful in the classroom, regardless of race, class, zip code, or school zone.”
While there are other awards programs for Florida principals, the Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Award is the only data-driven honor given to those who exceed expectations in learning gains for at-risk students in high-risk schools. High-risk schools have high percentages of students with disabilities, students designated as English as a Second Language learners, and those eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch.
“The Learning Systems Institute is proud to partner with Florida TaxWatch to recognize Florida’s remarkable principals, whose actions play a critical role in student performance,” said Kristina Lavenia, researcher with LSI. “The Principal Leadership Awards program lays the foundation for a study that will allow Florida to understand which leadership and management practices are contributing most to positive learning gains.”
The principals were recognized at a ceremony in Orlando on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, where they will receive a generous financial award sponsored by the Florida Lottery, Kyra Infotech, J.M. Rubin Foundation, State Farm, Wells Fargo and Brighthouse Networks. The principals will also be recognized at the State Board of Education meeting in Orlando on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. To be eligible for the award, candidates must have been at their school for a minimum of three years to ensure their policies were impactful. No nominations were accepted for the awards; only DOE data were analyzed to determine the winning principals.
Broward’s premiere high school magnet for the visual and performing arts proudly presents – DREAMGIRLS – featuring the DCA Theatre Department in conjunction with the nationally renowned DCA Jazz Ensemble.
Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due?
Now you can enjoy DCA's rendition of this Broadway classic, opening October 30 with 4 great shows! October 30 - 7:30 PM | October 31 - 7:30 PM | November 1 - 7:30 PM | November 2 - 4:00 PM