Ellensburg Teen Selected For National Honors Jazz Band



An Ellensburg High School Senior is getting the opportunity of a lifetime -- to perform with a national honors jazz band in Los Angeles.

We met with the student; 17 year old Bob Bruya.

Bruya has been playing instruments since the 3rd grade.

Over time, he's developed a passion for the piano, the guitar, and his favorite, the upright bass.

When he found out he was selected to play the upright bass for a national honors jazz band in Los Angeles, he couldn't believe it.

"I think it's a pretty awesome thing," said Bruya, "Mainly because I love to play music and I practice a lot. So this is kind of an affirmation to me of my hard work and helps me show that hard work does pay off."

Bruya is one of 32 teens from throughout the nation to play for the Grammy Jazz Camp in Los Angeles -- and the only teen from the NorthWest.

For the first week and a half of February, he and his peers will perform at various venues throughout LA, record an album at Capitol Records, attend the Grammy Awards, and perform at the Grammy after-party.

In the meantime, Bruya is patiently waiting, brushing up on his bass skills.

Teachers say they've had numerous students come out of the high school's band room and go on to be successful musicians.

Bob is the first of those students to accomplish something so prestigious.

"When we get a chance to send somebody to play with some of the great musicians," said school district orchestra director Kara Hunnicutt, "This is an opportunity that feeds all of us; that inspires all of us."

Bob Bruya says his trip to LA will give him the opportunity to put NorthWest jazz on the radar.

"I have an obligation to kind of represent all my different high school jazz friends and all the different professionals from all across the NorthWest who play jazz and love music in general," said Bruya, "I feel like I can sort of be an ambassador for the NorthWest music scene."