Snarky Puppy achieves Grammy success for the Institute in Kilburn

PUBLISHED: 16:14 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:14 14 February 2014

Members of Brooklyn-based contemporary jazz band Snarky Puppy

Members of Brooklyn-based contemporary jazz band Snarky Puppy


Teachers and a former student of a music college in Kilburn scooped a prestigious accolade at a world renowned awards ceremony.

Bill Laurance and Michael League who are both tutors at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (Institute) in Dyke Road, and original members of the Brooklyn-based contemporary jazz band Snarky Puppy, won the ‘Best R’n’B Performance’ at the Grammy Awards.

The iconic ceremony also saw former Institute student Foxes win in the ‘Best Dance Recording’ category for her vocals on dance track.

These big wins came a week after another alumni, Luke Patterson of Electro band ‘Clean Bandit,’ made it to Number One in the UK charts with their hit ‘Rather Be’,

Paul Kirkham, managing director at the Institute, said: ‘We’re really proud of both Bill and Foxes, who represent both the excellent teaching faculty as well as the outstanding student body at the Institute.

“To be awarded a Grammy is a real recognition of both their talent and their commitment.

“Together with all our other student successes, they will be a real inspiration to all our other students.”

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