The Young Americans–Press Release

Clinton Students Take Center Stage with World-Renowned Performers, The Young Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30 Clinton, IA Clinton’s students are preparing for the opportunity of a lifetime as they take classes and perform with California-based, The Young Americans. This nonprofit music, dance, and performance company will make a tour stop at Clinton High School from October 7 through October 9, during Midwest Regional Tour. The Young Americans is committed to inspiring the world through global music outreach and performance excellence. The organization will devote the 20-city tour to teaching, inspiring, and supporting school music programs across the United States.

“We want to make sure that young people have the opportunity to participate in quality performing arts programs and get to experience the transcending power of music,” says Bill Brawley, Chief Artistic Officer of The Young Americans. “Three years ago, we launched the ‘Turn Up The Music’ Giveback Campaign with hopes that our Performing Arts Workshops would energize music teachers, school music programs, and the communities that strive to keep music education a top priority for their youth. To date we have given over $1 million to school music departments, and it is just the beginning.”

Since becoming the world’s first show-choir in 1962, The Young Americans has expanded its programming to focus on music outreach, and it now serves as the oldest and largest youth music advocacy movement in the world. Each 40-member, college-aged cast tours the globe, visiting a new community every three days. At each tour stop, The Young Americans hosts its 3-day Performing Arts Workshop which includes classes in singing, dancing, and theater performance. On the final day, local students are featured in a fully-produced, two-hour final show with The Young Americans.

“Music is just the vehicle we use. It creates the perfect environment for transformation to happen,” says Steven Haines, CEO of The Young Americans. “It’s incredible to watch a group of students get together and work as a team in a matter of days, developing new friendships, self-confidence, and acceptance among their peers. Music is the ultimate connector, and our programs are successful everywhere we go, regardless of language, socioeconomic backgrounds, or cultures.”

Registration is open to 4th-12th graders attending Clinton Community Schools, and more details about the workshops can be found on The Young Americans’ website: www.youngamericans.org/us, or by contacting Gary DeLacy at gdelacy@clintonia.org. The final show will be on October 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM and is open to community members. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

About The Young Americans

Founded in 1962 in Hollywood, California and known as the world’s first show choir, this nonprofit 501c-3 performance and music education group has no political or religious affiliations and uses music as a tool to inspire youth and audiences all across the world.  From their early days of performing with legends such as Andy Williams, Ed Sullivan, and Bing Crosby to their current International Music Outreach Tours, which include 375+ shows each year across 30 countries, The Young Americans remain the pinnacle of excellence in both music and dance performance.

More information about The Young Americans can be found at www.youngamericans.org

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