The winnowing continues on the way to this year's "My Grammy Moment" contest. Now we're down to 15 musicians competing for a chance to play with the Foo Fighters during next month's Grammy telecast.
And congrats to the two Illinois musicians — Andrew Pearson and Michelle Morales — among the semifinalists! See their videos below ...
These 15 semifinalists are guaranteed a spot in the Foo Fighters’ orchestra and will fly to Los Angeles during Gramy Week to rehearse and perform with the band.
The three finalists that will vie for a "featured performance" slot in the orchestra will be announced on Feb. 4, and music fans will have another opportunity to vote on YouTube and via text messaging during the show to pick their favorite musician. You can view the video submissions of the 15 instrumentalists now on YouTube.
The semifinalists are as follows:
— Luis Alberto (23, username: luisgma), Hattiesburg, Minn. -
— Lisa Dondlinger (33, username: LisaGirl2008), Winnetka, Calif.
— Brian Fitzgerald (23, username: brianfitzrock), Coatsville,
Penn. - Violin
— Christine Wu (31, username: LAstrings), Santa Monica, Calif. -
— Tina Guo (22, username: demix500), Sun Valley, Calif. - Cello
— Rami Hachache (18, username: totalrocketsauce), Los Angeles -
— Jennifer Heilig (25, username: jenniebenn), Bonsall, Calif. -
— Jeffrey Hughes (25, username: MaestroJeffHughes), Denver -
— Tara Klein (27, username: taraklein1027), Cleveland, Ohio -
— Emily Palen (29, username: Emilypalen), Oakland, Calif. -
— Cameron Summers (23, username: casummers), New York - Trumpet
— Ann Marie Calhoun (28, username: theboggster), Gordonsville,
Va. - Violin
— Abigail Wilenksy (21, username: bonsaifir), Nashville - Violin
And of course, our local heroes, with their YouTube videos:
— Andrew Pearson (18, username: vonditchman), Batavia, Ill. -
Violin. Pearson is a member of the local band 8 Bit Trio.
— Michelle Morales (27, username: michellecello), Chicago -
Cello. Morales is also in a local band, called The Loneliest Monk.