Saxophone – Giant Steps Day Camp, Giant Steps Package
n alumna of the Stanford Jazz Workshop summer programs and a beloved SJW faculty member for the past five years, Camille Ramirez is a multi-instrumentalist in the Los Angeles area. Born and raised in San Jose, CA. Camille studied with SJW faculty veterans Kristen Strom and Dave Gregoric, from whom she inherited values that along with the love and support of her family, enrich her in the big city of Los Angeles. Camille recently graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. There she had the privilege of studying with jazz legends Matt Harris and Gary Pratt, playing alto saxophone in their award-winning Jazz “A” Band.
After graduating from CSUN, she gravitated toward learning traditional music of the Philippines. Thanks to Kayamanan Ng Lahi (“Treasures of Our People”) and Rondalla Club of Los Angeles, she expands her knowledge in percussion and strings. Camille feels that it’s important to preserve the music and teachings of the masters such as Guro Dangonan Kalanduyan, Ramon Obusan, Rodolfo Conejo, Felipe De Leon, and Tagumpay De Leon, to name a few. Camille happily holds an important role in LA’s Filipino-American community by preserving and presenting the sounds and spirits of the Philippines through their music. She is grateful for the music that has been her passport to different parts of the world, including France, Hawaii, The Philippines, Japan, and New Orleans.
While she is currently teaching private lessons in Westlake Village, CA, Camille is also a student of Beat Lab Academy for music production. Learning to produce her own music and perform it live has been a limitless, confidence-building, and enjoyable way for Camille to share all of her life’s adventures into an audible and visual space for people to enjoy.