Dave Koz and friends take high school students behind the scenes at GRAMMY Session
LAP99111807 -18 NOVEMBER 1999 - NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA: Famed sax player Dave Koz entertains a contingent of Burbank and Westchester High School students during a GRAMMY Session at the last rehearsal for Koz's Christmas tour at Third Encore Studios in North Hollywood, November 18. GRAMMY Sessions has become an exciting way to connect students directly to the musical community giving them an opportunity to interact with musicians and gain insight to all facets of the music profession. The GRAMMY Foundation, formerly the NARAS Foundation, is a non-profit arm of the Recording Academy dedicated to advancing music and arts education across the country. ss/Sinartus Sosrodjojo UPI
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