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Hillsborough teen chosen to play at Grammy events in Los Angeles


SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN MUSIC WILL TAKE THE STAGE WHEN THE GRAMMYS AIR THIS SUNDAY ON CBS. A STUDENT AT CEDAR RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL WILL GET TO MINGLE WITH THE STARS AND SHOW THEM HOW IT IS DONE IN HILLSBORO. Reporter:[MUSIC]TAKE NOTE. THE 17-YEAR-OLD WILL SCHOOL YOU AND YOUR IS. YOU GOTTA DO IT WITH OFF SORTS OF EMOTION. Reporter: THE STUFF THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN ART FORM MAY EVEN HOLD THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING DEMOCRACY ITSELF ACCORDING TO THE CEDAR RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR. WHEN YOU PLAY JAZZ MUSIC, YOU HAVE ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF BEING A CITIZEN. IT TEACHES YOU HOW TO BE A GOOD CITIZEN. IT’S ABOUT A SOLOIST AND THERE IS INDIVIDUALITY. Reporter: HIS INDIVIDUAL TALENTS STRUCK A CHORD WITH THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION WHICH SELECTED HIM AS ONE OF 32 HIGH SCHOOLERS FROM ACROSS THE US TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRAMMY CAMP. THEY WILL RECORD AN ALBUM, PLAY AT VARIOUS GRAMMY EVENTS, ATTEND THE AWARDS AND PERFORM AT THE AFTER PARTY. GRIFFIN’S AUDITION LANDED HIM ONE OF THE TO TENOR SAXOPHONE SPOTS. IT WAS JUST LIKE ALL OF THE GREATEST FEELINGS YOU CAN IMAGINE. I JUST FELT LIKE WELL, I FINALLY MADE SOMETHING THAT I CAN BE PROUD OF. Reporter: OUT OF ALL HE WILL SEE INTO HE IS MOST EXCITED ABOUT — PLAYING WITH PEOPLE. Reporter: DESPITE THE COMPETITION TO SNAG A SEAT THERE’S SOMETHING HARMONIOUS ABOUT THE CAMARADERIE. IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK. IS NOT LIKE I’M TRYING TO CUT HIM. Reporter: THIS IS THE HIGH NOTE IN HIS SEVEN YOUR MUSIC CAREER. ONE THAT HE TRIED FOR LAST YEAR. TO HAVE SO MANY ROADBLOCKS. IT PROPELLED HIM TO WORK HARDER. THE FACT THAT YOU TOOK THE TIME TO LEARN THE, REALLY LEARN IT AND CHECK IT OUT, THERE’S A SENSE OF PRIDE. THAT SPIRIT COULD CONTINUE HIS CRESCENDO OF SUCCESS. HE’S GOT THAT SORT OF, THAT SORT OF DRIVE THAT I THINK HE IS GOING TO KEEP PUSHING AND PUSHING AND PUSHING UNTIL THERE’S NOWHERE LEFT TO GO. Reporter: THE DIRECTOR OF BANDS AT HIS HIGH SCHOOL SAYS HE MAKES THE BAND BETTER AS A WHOLE HE GETS THEM LISTENING TO THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND INTERPRETING AND THINKING ABOUT THINGS DIFFERENTLY. I WOULD LIKE TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THE ARTS. BECAUSE I THINK THIS CAN CHANGE PEOPLE. Reporter: THIS IS GOING TO HELP, HOPEFULLY HELP PEOPLE SEE THAT WE MEAN BUSINESS WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC EDUCATION AND JAZZ EDUCATION AND NORTH CAROLINA BECAUSE KIDS LIKE GRIFFIN ARE GETTING OUT THERE AND MAKING A NAME FOR THEMSELVES. Reporter: CBS NORTH CAROLINA.

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