Founded in 1971, the Young Sounds of Arizona remains the ﬁrst and oldest program of its kind in the country. Young Sounds is comprised of forty (40) students who range in ages between thirteen to eighteen. They come from schools in the greater Phoenix area. All members are accepted by audition and are considered to be the best young talent that the Valley has to oﬀer. Youngs Sounds now features two big bands and a jazz combo.
Young Sounds is a non-proﬁt 501-(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors and sponsored by the Professional Musicians of Arizona, Local 586 AFM. Performances and direct expenses for the organization as well as an annual college and jazz camp scholarship program are paid for by the Young Sounds organization. In addition to these programs, Young Sounds sponsors a variety of clinics by famous performers and educators.