His jazz camp was previously held at Cambridge High School in Milton for about 80 students.
“The Performing Arts Center provides space for more to attend,” said Gransden. “We want as many [students] as possible.”
He has a team of 13 acclaimed musicians to teach master classes and lead jam sessions. Among them are trombonist and camp artistic director Lee Watts; pianist Kevin Bales and bassist Neal Starkey.
During camp week, students will perform concerts in big bands and smaller jazz ensembles in the arts center’s 50,000 square-foot Byers Theater. A schedule of class activity is on the camp website.
Camp costs are $455, full day; and $255, half day for students only available after summer school classes. Lunch will be provided by local restaurants, Gransden said.
“We’ve had people around Atlanta who give scholarships, donating $100 to $1,000,” the musician said. “They might say, ‘I want $100 to go to a jazz trumpeter; or ‘I want this amount to go to a female vocalist. It can be directed however they want.’”