Young Sounds Kicks off 2017 in joint Performance with MCC Jazz Band

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Young Sounds Kicks off 2017 in joint Performance with MCC Jazz Band

Phoenix, AZ (January 20): On Wednesday March 8th, Young Sounds of Arizona and the Mesa Community College Jazz band will team up to offer a lively evening of jazz at MCC’s Performing Arts Center. This performance offers Young Sounds (YS) members a chance to both broaden their performance experience and reach new audiences. Additionally, it is a great opportunity for YS members to meet MCC music department faculty as well as music majors.

Young Sounds will open the concert with performances by all 3 of their dedicated ensembles: The 5 O’clock Band, directed by Doug Robinson and the 7 O’clock and Combo Bands, directed by Andrew Gross. Each band will perform 2 – 4 songs before the Mesa Community College Jazz Band takes the stage. YS Director and tenor saxophonist Andrew Gross will then join MCC as a guest performer.

“This is a great opportunity for our dedicated students to share the stage with the talented MCC Jazz Band. We are truly looking forward to this collaboration. Our students have been working diligently and are eager to share their talents with the community”, said Gross, who has been working with the YS students for 3 years and was a member of the group himself throughout high school.

Paul Brewer, director of the MCC Jazz Band is looking forward to the performance as well. “I have always been a huge supporter of YS.  The students in this program are the future of jazz, they are the ones that will be steering jazz to new evolutions and innovations. We host YS at least once a year, and I am always dazzled by their improvements and performances”, said Brewer. “As far as Andrew Gross, he is my favorite jazz saxophonist in town, he is a musically creative player who’s versatility shines-through. He is also a great guy and an awesome music educator.  My students and I are excited to feature him with our jazz band here at MCC”.

The Mesa Community College Jazz Band has performed all over the country at various festivals and concerts. Its alumni range from studio musicians, composers, jazz stars, music educators and film scorers who are currently active all over the country.  Under Brewer’s direction, the MCC Jazz Band has a new home in the Performing Arts Center and continues to promote jazz at a high level throughout the valley.

INFO: MCC Performing Arts Center, 1520 S. Longmore, Mesa AZ 85202

7 pm – 9 pm, Admission: $6.00


Young Sounds is a non-profit 501-(c)(3) organization founded in 1971. It is the first and only program of its kind in the country and is governed by a Board of Directors and sponsored by the Professional Musicians of Arizona, Local 586 AFM.  Students range from 12 – 18 years of age, are accepted by audition and are considered to be the best young talent that the Valley has to offer. Performances and direct expenses for the organization as well as an annual college and jazz camp scholarship program are paid for through generous grants from government, business and community organizations. In addition to these programs, Young Sounds offers a variety of clinics by famous performers and educators. Young Sounds now features two big bands and a jazz combo. 

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