Young Sounds of Arizona will conclude the 2015-16 season with a concert at Mesa Community College Perfoming Arts Center. See our event page for details.

Young Sounds performs at the Professional Musicians of Arizona’s First Tuesday Concert Series annual birthday celebration. Admission is free, donations are accepted. - See more at:


By Patricia Myers

Jazz entered the young lives in different ways for five members of a combo that emerged from the Young Sounds of Arizona’s two larger ensembles. The combo will perform at 7 p.m. December 8 at South Mountain Community College.

Individual interviews with each student-musician revealed strong enthusiasm and elevated respect for jazz. Here are their thoughtful and fascinating replies.

By Patricia Myers

Larry Lederman remembers how Young Sounds of Arizona came into being as a multi-high-school jazz band of teenage musicians. What a concept it was! Student musicians from schools that were zealous sports rivals would get together regularly to play jazz.

Young Sounds of Arizona bands will perform in a joint concert with the Mesa Community Performing Arts Jazz Ensemble at the Mesa Community College Performing Arts Centers.
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By Patricia Myers

Trumpeter Alex Price started classical music lessons in the second grade. He loved playing piano and clarinet in school bands, and switched to trumpet in the seventh grade.

But he was thinking about quitting music when a teacher put him in a school jazz group. “That was a really new experience, more fun and creative, really cool with a sense of camaraderie,” said Alex, 17.