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Tour Schedule | SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2015
SEPT 10-12
Canyon Del Oro High School – Tuscon, AZ
SEPT 13-15
Paradise Valley Christian School
SEPT 17-19
Mountain View Middle School – Alamogordo, NM
SEPT 20-22
Corrales International School & Artisco Heritage Academy – Albuquerque, NM
SEPT 24-26
Nebraska School for the Deaf – Hastings, NE
SEPT 27-29
Wray High School – Wray, CO
OCT 4-6
Norfolk Catholic High School (also open to public schools) – Norfolk, NE
OCT 8-11
Open to all surrounding schools – Grand Island, NE
OCT 12-14
Elkhorn Valley Schools – Tilden, NE
OCT 15-17
Danville Jr. & Sr. High School – Danville, IA
OCT 18-20
Thomas Jefferson High School – Council Bluffs, IA
OCT 22-24
Timberland High School – Wentzville, MO
OCT 25-27
Midland University (open to all surrounding schools) – Fremont, NE
OCT 29-31
NOV 1-3
Tekemah Public Schools – Tekemah, NE
NOV 5-7
Grandview Middle School – Elkhorn, NE
NOV 8-10
Iowa City West High School – Iowa City, IA
NOV 12-14
Chase County Schools – Imperial, NE
NOV 15-17
O’Neill Jr. & Sr. High School – O’Neill, NE
NOV 20-23
St. Johns Public Schools – St. Johns, AZ
Tour Schedule | JANUARY-MARCH 2016
JAN 8-11
El Segundo High School – El Segundo, CA
JAN 8-10
Daniel Webster & Marshall Fundamental School – Pasadena, CA
JAN 21-23
Open for COLORADO, WYOMING, NEBRASKA ›› |
JAN 17-19
Cozad Community Schools – Cozad, NE
JAN 21-23
JAN 24-26
Papillion Lavista High School – Papillion, NE
JAN 28-30
JAN-FEB 31-1-2
Cambridge Schools – Cambridge, NE
FEB 4-6
Wasau Public Schools – Wasau, NE
FEB 7-9
La Qui Parle Valley School – Madison, MN
FEB 11-13
Bismarck School District – Bismarck, ND
FEB 14-16
Cheyenne, WY
FEB 25-27
FEB-MARCH 28-29-1
MAR 3-5
Windward High School – Ferndale, Washington ›› |
MAR 10-12
MAR 13-15
Del Oro High School – Loomis, CA ›› |
MAR 17-19
Summerville High School – Tuolomne, CA
MAR 20-21
OUR $1,000,000 COMMITMENT TO THE ARTS
  • WHAT IS TURN UP THE MUSIC?
    It’s a campaign to bring our Outreach Tour to kids in schools throughout the country
  • During twenty years of touring, we’ve worked with more than 2,000 schools to shine a light on music education. We roll into town with one of our intrepid, 45-member crews for a three-day intensive workshop for an elementary, middle or high school. Up to 400 students sign up to participate in a vibrant and exciting music intensive.

    In just three days, we turn a group of eager students into a show to remember, demonstrating to teachers, parents, school districts and communities the power of music education in our schools. Just imagine what this means to an arts- starved inner city, an isolated rural district, or a school that art forgot. Our student performances electrify decision-makers who can direct educational dollars into music programs for schools.
What can your students look forward to?
  • Learn a show in only two days!
    Yes, The Young Americans will be performing alongside the participants, but the students will be the ones in front singing, dancing, and performing the variety show and solos they’ve learned.
  • Classes, Self-Confidence, & Leadership
    In addition, the students will take classes in the areas of voice, dance, songwriting, and performance (acting and improv). Throughout the entire three days, we’ll focus on the students as individuals. Our goal is to encourage every student we meet to become more confident in who they are and what they’d like to become. Music is our tool to reach a common ground between age groups, cultures, and peers.
How can you bring The Young Americans to your community?
  • Submit your contact information to our Booking Director | Submit Now!
  • Download our Tools for Schools materials : An informational guide to hosting
    The Young Americans and Turn Up The Music | Download Now!
  • Start looking for a month that works for your school. Refer to the listing of future tours above. All of our workshops take place on either a Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday(show night) or a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday(show night). Download the sample schedule for both options. | Download Now!
Raising up schools across the nation.
Congratulations to the schools that have hosted The Young Americans & Turn Up The Music. These schools have gone above and beyond to support their school’s fine arts programs.
Platinum Record Level
Raised $2,448
St. Mary’s Cathedral School – Gaylord, MI
Raised $11,087
West Ottowa High School – Holland, MI
Raised $2,507
Mona Shores High School – Muskegon, MI
Raised $11,000
Keystone High School – Knox, PA
Raised $2,733
Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Port Washington, WI
Gold Record Level
CANADA
Raised over $1,500
HB Beal Secondary School – London, ON, Canada
Raised $750
Westminster Secondary School – London, ON, Canada
Raised $500
Widdefield Secondary School – North Bay, ON, Canada
ARKANSAS
Raised $1,500
Rogers High School – Rogers, AR
CALIFORNIA
Raised $500
2014 : Palo Verde College – Blythe, CA
Raised $500
2015 : Palo Verde College – Blythe, CA
Raised $8,364
2014 Camp : Carlsbad Foundation – Carlsbad, CA
Raised $2,518
Carlsbad Foundation – Carlsbad, CA
Raised $5,149
2014 Camp : Corona Norco USD – Corona, CA
Raised $9,333.50
2014 : El Segundo USD, El Segundo, CA
Raised $12,064
2014 Camp : El Segundo USD, El Segundo, CA
Raised $9,215
2015 : El Segundo USD, El Segundo, CA
Raised $250
St. Anthony’s Catholic School, El Segundo, CA
Raised $750
Encore JR. & SR. High School – Hesperia, CA
Raised $250
Mesa View Middel School – Huntington Beach, CA
Raised $7,000
Los Alamitos USD & Education Foundation – Los Alamitos, CA
Raised $2,554
Milikan High School – Long Beach, CA
Raised $2,554
Valley Christian High School – Long Beach, CA
Raised $4,998
2014 Camp : Sinaloa Middle School – Novato, CA
Raised $750
2014 : Daniel Webster Elementary School – Pasadena, CA
Raised $3,398
2015 : Daniel Webster Elementary School – Pasadena, CA
Raised $1,000
Rosemead High School – Rosemead, CA
Raised $500
Rosemead High School – Rosemead, CA
Raised $15,729
2014 Camp : Tustin Foundation – Tustin, CA
COLORADO
Raised $1,622
2014 Camp : Cheyenne Mountain High School – Colorado Springs, CO
FLORIDA
Raised $500
Doral Sr. High School – Miami, FL
Raised $1,500
Milton High School – Milton, FL
Raised $800
Everglades High School – Miramar, FL
GEORGIA
Raised $942
Gainesville High School – Gainesville, GA
Raised $900
North Hall High School – Gainesville, GA
ILLINOIS
Raised $750
Belvidere High School – Belvidere, IL
Raised $750
Brooks Middle School – Oak Park, IL
Raised $750
Springfield High School – Springfield, IL
INDIANA
Raised $750
Lawrenceburg High School – Lawrenceburg, IN
LOUISIANA
Raised $500
Bogalusa High School – Bogalusa, LA
Raised $1,500
Franklinton High School – Franklinton, LA
Raised $500
Marksville High School – Marksville, LA
Raised $250
Ponchatula High School – Ponchatula, LA
Raised $334
Slidell High School – Slidell, LA
MAINE
Raised $750
Herman High School – Herman, ME
Raised $500
Orono High School – Orono, ME
MARYLAND
Raised $250
D’Ann Danse Studios – Salisbury, MD
MASSACHUSETTS
Raised $3,000
North Reading High School – North Reading, MA
MICHIGAN
Raised $500
Allegan High School – Allegan, MI
Raised $500
Alpena High School, Alpena – MI
Raised $5,610
2014 Camp : Alpena High School, Alpena – MI
Raised $2,432
Academy of the Sacred Heart – Bloomfield Hills, MI
Raised $500
Boyne City High School – Boyne City, MI
Raised $250
Bridgman High School – Bridgman, MI
Raised $1,500
Caro High School – Caro, MI
Raised $500
Clarkston Community Schools – Clarkston, MI
Raised $250
Charlevoix High School – Charlevoix, MI
Raised $500
Cheboygan High School – Cheboygan, MI
Raised $2,545
Dowagiac Union High School – Dowagiac, MI
Raised $750
East Jordan High School – East Jordan, MI
Raised $750
Island City Academy – Eaton Rapids, MI
Raised $500
Frankenmuth High School – Frankenmuth, MI
Raised $2,448
St. Mary’s Cathedral School – Gaylord, MI
Raised $750
Greenville High School – Greenville, MI
Raised $250
Harbor Springs High School – Harbor Springs, MI
Raised $32,138
2014 Camp : Harbor Springs High School – Harbor Springs, MI
Raised $750
Milford High School – Highland, MI
Raised $11,087
West Ottowa High School – Holland, MI
Raised $750
Westwood High School, Ishpeming, MI
Raised $500
Lake Orion High School – Lake Orion, MI
Raised $500
Hill-McCloy High School – Montrose, MI
Raised $2,507
Mona Shores High School – Muskegon, MI
Raised $9,346
2014 Camp : Mona Shores High School – Muskegon, MI
Raised over $2,250
Niles High School – Niles, MI
Raised $1,500
Parma High School – Parma, MI
Raised $500
Paw Paw High School – Paw Paw, MI
Raised $12,284
2014 Camp : Paw Paw High School – Paw Paw, MI
Raised $500
Traverse City Christian HS – Traverse City, MI
Raised $500
Suttons Bay High School – Suttons Bay, MI
Raised $250
Swartz Creek High School – Swartz Creek, MI
Raised $500
Wayland Union High School – Wayland, MI
MINNESOTA
Raised $750
Lac Qui Parle Valley School – Madison, MN
Raised $750
Irondale High School – New Brighton, MN
Raised $2,554
New Prague Middle School – New Prague, MN
MISSISSIPPI
Raised $2,473
Copiah Academy – Gallman, MS
Raised $750
Delta Academy – Marks, MS
NEBRASKA
Raised $10,000
2014 Camp – Midland University – Fremont, NE
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Raised $1,500
Milford High School – Milford, NH
Raised $3,000
Nashua High School North – Nashua, NH
NEW JERSEY
Raised $750
Mainstage Center for the Arts – Blackwood, NJ
Raised $2,500
Kroc Center – Camden, NJ
Raised $1,500
Robbinsville High School – Robbinsville, NJ
NEW YORK
Raised $500
Attica Central High School – Attica, NY
Raised $750
Newark High School – Newark, NY
OHIO
Raised $2,500
Benjamin Logan High School – Bellefontaine, OH
Raised $1,500
Nativity School – Cincinnati, OH
Raised $750
Lakota West High School – West Chester, OH
PENNSYLVANIA
Raised $750
Montgomery School – Chester Springs, PA
Raised $750
Clarion Area High School – Clarion, PA
Raised $11,000
Keystone High School – Knox, PA
SOUTH CAROLINA
Raised $250
Augusta West Dance – Augusta, SC
Raised $750
Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston, SC
TENNESSE
Raised $750
Cleveland St. Community College – Cleveland, TN
Raised $250
Gallatin Arts Council – Gallatin, TN
Raised $500
Macon County Arts Council – Lafayette, TN
TEXAS
Raised $3,442.50
Arlington High School – Arlington, TX
VERMONT
Raised $750
Green Mountain High School – Chester, VT
WISCONSIN
Raised $373
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School – Madison, WI
Raised $1,500
Marinette Middle School – Marinette, WI
Raised $500
Greendale High School & Young Dance Academy – Oak Creek, WI
Raised $2,733
Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Port Washington, WI
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Youth showcase their talents alongside Young Americans
3/8/15 | By: Terrence Holden, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs
CAMP ZAMA – Nearly 100 Camp Zama youth members performed alongside The Young Americans Feb. 26 inside Arnn Elementary School’s cafeteria for community members, parents and guests…
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Hayley Williams from Paramore gives The Young Americans a SHOUT OUT
| By: Hayley Williams
“Rock on Young Americans! Let’s keep music in schools where it belongs.”…
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Young Americans and Johannisberg students show musical show
4/28/15 | By: Wiebke Huck
Witzenhausen. Goose bumps and tears were plentiful on Sunday evening in the gym at Johannisberg. In the final show of the workshop with the Young Americans many viewers were overwhelmed by their emotions…
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OneOC honors county's leading volunteers
4/14/15 | By: T. Walker - OCRegister
ANAHEIM – When performers from the Young Americans serenaded the audience at Disneyland Hotel on Tuesday with such songs as “What a Wonderful World” and “Lean on Me,” it was like singing to the choir…
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Walk The Moon gives The Young Americans a SHOUT OUT
| By: Walk The Moon
“We think it’s so important to keep music in schools. We love you Young Americans!”…
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Young Americans come to Copiah Academy
3/22/15 | By: Copiah County Courier
Copiah Academy gym was the place to be on March 19 – 21 as approximately 45 Young Americans worked with 277 area students representing Wesson Attendance Center, Hazlehurst Elementary, Copiah Academy, Copiah Christian Learning, and as well as Bennett Russell Elementary in Florida. The Young Americans, a non-profit professional performing arts company…
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The dancing and singing sensation, The Young Americans
4/2/15 | By: ElSegundoTV
The dancing and singing sensation “The Young Americans” are back in El Segundo firing up the creativity of our local youth.
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High Five: Young Americans Troupe Teaches Rogers Students To Dance
3/19/15 | By: 5NEWS WEB STAFF
ROGERS (KFSM) – The Young Americans Troupe spent Monday and Tuesday teaching Rogers students to dance. Every week 5NEWS shares stories of local people making a positive difference in ourHigh Five report…
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Jason Mraz gives The Young Americans a SHOUT OUT
| By: Jason Mraz
“Hey Young Americans! Keep doing what you do. Keep music in schools. Keep rockin’!”…
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Different class at Colàiste Eoin
2/9/15 | By: Dublin People
THE 50th anniversary celebrations continued with great gusto at Colàiste Eoin last week when some very special guests from the USA held a special workshop for the young Finglas students. It was a case of the Young Americans meeting the Young Northsiders in a series of workshops that culminated in an amazing performance in the school last Thursday (February 6)…
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Local youth get exposed to performing arts through ‘Young Americans’ workshop
2/7/15 | By: Matthew Brown Press Gazette
Nearly 200 local youth in the 4th through 12th grade levels received some additional exposure to the performing arts last week with the help of the ‘The Young Americans,’ a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts to youth in communities across the country…
Albert-Herrera
Albert Herrera
Florida
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on finishing my degree in criminal justice and becoming a police detective.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I played football, wrote for the yearbook, and was very active in choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I have always wanted to help out and make a difference, the YAs gave me the opportunity to do just that on an incredible scale.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on finishing my degree and returning to my hometown to help support dwindling arts programs.
ANDREA-NEAHOUS
Andrea Neahous
Wisconsin, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned to go to Tennessee State University until I got accepted to the Young Americans.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was in Spanish Club, Choir and a group called Best Buddies. I also had a part time job and Culvers and spent most of my afternoons there.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Because they inspired me so much with their kindness towards the kids and each other, and their love for music.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would love to move to Southern California and go to college :)
ASHLEY J
Ashley Jones
Nebraska
Brodie-Case
Brodie Case
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I planned on going to college to get a degree in engineering.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: In High School I was a part of ASB, Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, the Drama program, and the golf team.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the YA’s because I wanted to see more of the world while doing what I love to do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: My plans after the YA’s are still being decided… but I would love to do some technical work for Disney.
CARLEY-CONGDON
Carley Congdon
South Carolina, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: Before joining the group, I was in college as a Biology major, and I planned to become a Neurosurgeon.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Band, National Honors Society, Musical Theatre.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined the group because I have a huge passion for music, and I needed to be around people that felt the same way. I loved the joy and freedom that The Young Americans had on stage, and I wanted to have that and share it with other people.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I would really like to record an album, and I’d like to go into Neuroscience research.
CAROLINE D
Caroline Dale
Tennessee
Charleston-Troutman
Charleston Troutman
Georgia
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I attended Georgia College & State University for two years pursuing a pre-law degree.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I participated in musical theatre, ballet, church choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The Young Americans inspired me to be myself and pursue my dreams. I joined the group to share that same message with kids around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I may go back to school to pursue law.
CHEYENNE-HIRST
Cheyenne Hirst
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a photo journalist and write sports articles.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was a part of cheer, show choir, theatre, asb, and ALOT of different clubs on campus.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I took a workshop my a Junior year oh High School with my little brother who was in 5th grade. And to see how much the YAs brought him out of his shell, I knew this was something I needed to be a part of.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to be a first grade teacher or practice music therapy with special needs children.
CHRISTINA D
Christy Duechle
Indiana
CLARK L
Clark Long
Louisiana
DAHSN W
Dahsn Walsh
Alaska
Daisy-OBrien
Daisy O’Brien
England
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My Plans before YA was that I was going to train as a mental health nurse and join the military in the air force along with in rehabilitation with adolescents in prisons, rehabs and homes.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curriculars were a swimmer and a student counselor.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined Young Americans I got work with people from all different backgrounds, travel the world combined with being able to perform.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I still plan to train as a mental health nurse and join the military, also rehabs and prisons but i want to expand this and hopefully travel with this job.
DANIEL C
Daniel Cervantes
California
DANIELLE A
Danielle Andersen
Nebraska
DEANDRE
DeAndre Ford
Louisiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plan before i met the YA’s was to go to the Marines and after to then go to college to be a Choreographer.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Basketball and Drama.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: What made me join the YAs was the fact that there able to dance and sing together no matter what level they are and to have fun is what got me.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to open up my own dance studio for kids and to host the YA’s to do workshops with the kids.
EMILY M
Emily McBride
Nebraska
Eri-Matsumoto
Eri “Elly” Matsumoto
Japan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My dream was to be YAs since I was in junior high.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I did dance, school band.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love music, kids, performing, traveling, and seeing different people. and when I took workshop, YA taught me very important things through the music. I thought this is exactly what I wanna do.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I wanna keep performing!
GABRIELLE P
Gab Piazza
Michigan
JLin-Jordan
J’Lin Jordan
Louisiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Plans were to Southeastern University and major in music education.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Extra curriculars were choral, band, Key Club, Bible Club, etc.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined YA’s because they changed my life in such a positive way, so I want to share that with other kids around the world.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: Continue performing and helping kids, and maybe someday become a teacher!
James-Price
James Price
California
Jason-Liebson
Jason Liebson
California
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: Plans were attend St. Olaf College and double major in Music Education and Theatre.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Extra curriculars were drama, orchestra (viola/double bass), jazz band (voice/alto sax), aerial arts (silk, static/flying trapeze).
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to perform, teach, and see the world, so Young Americans made the most sense.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to go back to a university (possibly overseas) and finish school, maybe perform for a little bit, and then teach music somewhere in the UK!
JONATHAN V
Jonathan Velez
Arizona
JOSHUA W
Joshua Wright
Louisiana
JUSTIN LOTITO
Justin Lotito
New Jersey, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2010
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to work for a record label.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: My extra curricular activities included playing soccer, football, being involved with choir and musicals.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: Because my best friend (who is also a YA) inspired me, and because it was an alternative to “real” school.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on continuing to perform.
KATIE W
Katie Wacker
Michigan
Keenen-Lattimore
Keenen Lattimore
Tennessee
KIARA-SAMPSON
Kiara Sampson
California, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a preschool teacher. I have a huge passion for kids and I’ve always wanted to be the one to make a positive impact on a kids life.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was involved in show choir, jazz choir, theatre as a thespian, and I sang for the jazz band.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined because it combined the two things I loved most together, kids and music, there was no better option. Not to mention my father and older sisters were in the group and I look up to the a lot and aspired to be like them.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan to live my dream and become a teacher but try and perform on the side for fun.
LEAH J
Leah Jones
Michigan
MADELAINE S
Maddi Stanford
Illinois
MADDIE G
Maddie Genger
Washington
Mariah-Strickland
Mariah Strickland
Louisiana
Mary-Lehmann
Mary Lehmann
Michigan
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: My plans were to audition for musical theater at colleges that were in Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Choir, band, tennis, golf, dance, voice lessons.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I joined YA’s because it was one of the only performance based school where everyone supports eachother. Competition wasn’t the main focus of the group.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on moving to New York and start auditioning for shows or attend Penn State University to finish a degree in musical theater.
Patrick-Marshall
Patrick Marshall
California
Riley-Knight
Riley Knight
Nebraska
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I wanted to be a high school band director.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Band, choir, theater, speech and debate.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I wanted to help kids just like the group helped my sister.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I want to go back to college and become a high school band director.
Shantal-Francis
Shantal Francis
Florida
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: After highschool, I received an Associates Degree in Psychology.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: I was very involved in the music department in highschool as well as honor societies.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: I love the support and inspiration I felt as a townkid and wanted to provide that for others. Also, when the YAs sang “We Wish You Love” I knew I wanted to be a part of that.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I’m not sure what I want to do after Young Americans. I might want to perform or become a psychologist!
Travis-Mattsson
Travis Mattsson
Louisiana
NEW KID YEAR: 2012
BEFORE YAs: I was planning on going to the New York Film Academy to work on my acting but due to their large tuition I decided I was a pelican and spent 2 years in a less expensive college while making money!
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Theater! Thespian Troupe! Choir!
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: The workshop impacted me so much both times I did it and it changed my life but one of my biggest influences to come here was Mariah Strickland. After hearing her sing during a YA Workshop made me heart go nuts and I told myself that I had to do something like that.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I plan on moving out to either NYC or Hollywood trying to better myself in acting, maybe do an audition, and become famous!
ZACH-STAUFFER
Zach Stauffer
Nebraska, USA
NEW KID YEAR: 2011
BEFORE YAs: I planned on attending college and getting a degree in Computer Science.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRA CURRICULARS: Golf, Musical Theater, Show Choir.
WHY I JOINED THE YAs: No feeling is greater than the feeling of performing on a stage, I wanted to explore the world while doing what I love.
MY PLANS AFTER YAs: I enjoy what it takes to put a show together, something that has to do with directing, production, or management.
ZakMoses
Zak Moses
Louisiana, USA
Welcome! We can’t wait to visit your community.
Welcome and thank you for taking time to look into our program. The information below will give you a great idea of everything involved to host The Young Americans in your community. Our team will help you every step of the way to ensure a successful and inspiration experience.
“Music is the vehicle we use to create the perfect environment for magic to happen. It’s incredible to watch a group of 3rd -12th graders get together and work as a team in a matter of days. They develop new friendships, self-confidence, and acceptance among their peers. Music connects people and our program is successful everywhere we go regardless of language, socioeconomic backgrounds or cultures.” – International Booking Director, TJ Stoltz
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STEP ONE: Understanding what’s a part of hosting the tour.
  • Delegate Status & Promotion : As a delegate, you would host The Young Americans and Turn Up The Music. We would provide a high quality music education workshop for your students in 3rd-12th grades. The workshop culminates in a terrific two-hour performance with your students performing with The Young Americans (for more information, refer to the About section). You will be listed as a Gold Record school on our website and Facebook. This list promotes and signifies schools going above and beyond to bring quality music education to their students as well as valuing how their students feel about themselves amongst their peers. (Don’t know what Turn Up The Music is? Refer to the ‘About’ section)
  • Money Donated : As the host school, you have the preference of where the Turn Up The Music donation funds go. It’s up to you, and we can provide scenarios from what other schools have chosen to do for their music programs. Here are the fund raising levels associated with hosting Turn Up The Music.
    • 50 students Registered = $250
    • 100 students Registered = $500
    • 150 students Registered = $750
    • 200 students Registered = $1,500
    • 250 students Registered = $1,750 PLUS $1/show ticket
    • 300 students Registered = $2,000 PLUS $1/show ticket PLUS entered for a chance to win an additional $8,000
  • Student Scholarships : You’ll have first access to the scholarship money from Turn Up The Music for your workshop. This money is used for students that cannot afford to take the workshop. We will provide a scholarship application that will then be passed onto you to determine which students you’d like to receive help. We can send out notifications to them for you thereafter.
  • Host Families & Food : Host is responsible for food and housing for The Young Americans’ cast and their Director. We have been staying in families across the world since the Outreach Tours began in 1992. It is one of our favorite aspects about tour. The relationships that are made last a lifetime. At least two Young Americans stay in each family (roughly 21 families per tour cast). We provide tools to help your coordinator collect information for the volunteer families. Each family will receive complimentary tickets in our VIP seating for the final performance as a thank you. In most scenarios, you would only need to provide two meals out of the entire stay, because host families can help provide the rest through packed lunches. Schools do so through community restaurants they have a relationship with or pot-lucks with parents/music booster clubs.
  • Facility Space : The host is responsible for providing a facility for the event. Start with deciding what the main venue for the performance would be. Gym or Theatre? Can we have access to it for all three days? Additional teaching spaces (e.g. choir room, band room, small theatre, wrestling room, outdoors if the weather permits) We only need two of these additional spaces during Day One and Two when we split up to teach different groups at the same time.
  • Registration : There is no fee to the school for the workshop or fundraiser. Instead, we charge $59 to students who’d like to participate. This includes registration for all three days and a Young Americans t-shirt. Students wear this as their costume for the show. It has become a memento for students; many choose to have it signed by The Young Americans and their friends after the show. Our online registration site can help with any parent that would like to pay via credit card. Parents that would like to pay by cash or check can do so with your school. Our business manager can then invoice the school for any funds collected.
  • Show Tickets : Tickets for the final performance are sold by The Young Americans : $10/adult and $8/student. Our staff will take care of this upon arrival.
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STEP TWO: Reserve & Confirm your Date
  • Submit your contact information to our Booking Director : Click here.
  • Tools for Schools materials: An informational guide to hosting The Young Americans and Turn Up The Music : Click here.
  • Start looking for a month that works for your school. Refer to the listing of future tours below. All of our workshops take place on either a Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday(show night) or a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday(show night). Download the sample schedule for both options : Click here.
  • Tour Schedules:
    • Fall Tour 2015 | Sept – Nov : Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Missouri, and Wyoming
    • Spring Tour 2016 | Jan – March : Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Western Canada
    • Fall Tour 2016 | Sept – Nov : Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Central Canada
    • Spring Tour 2017 | Jan – March : Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Central Canada
    • Fall Tour 2017 | Sept – Nov : Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia
    • Spring Tour 2018 | Jan – March : Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, and North Carolina
  • Things to think about when checking with your school:
    • What is the main venue? Gym or Theatre? Can we have access to it for all three days?
    • Additional teaching spaces (e.g. choir room, band room, small theatre, wrestling room) We only need two of these additional spaces during Day One and Two.
    • Conflicting dates with surrounding schools. Very successful schools have focused on collaborating with everyone around them (i.e. schools inside and outside of their district, dance studios, performing arts academies). Try to find a date that works with their students’ schedules as well.
  • When your date is solidified, we can start collecting information to create online registration, posters, and flyers for you.
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STEP THREE: Your Team
  • Here are positions that we recommend you delegating to parents/teachers who are a part of your team. As a thank you, we can provide free student registration and show tickets for your team members.
    • Elementary School Promo : Responsible for distributing posters/flyers/emails to all Elementary School students.
    • Middle School Promo : Responsible for distributing posters/flyers/emails to all Middle School students.
    • High School Promo : Responsible for distributing posters/flyers/emails to all High School students.
    • Specialty Organizations/General Marketing Promo : Responsible for distributing posters/flyers/emails to all other organizations (e.g. radio commercials, TV specials, press release, dance studios, performing arts academies)
    • Host Family Coordinator : Responsible for coordinating families that would like to be a host family for 2 or more YAs during the event
    • Sponsors & Parent Volunteers : Responsible for coordinating parent volunteers for the workshop (parents that can help check-in students or monitor meal breaks). Responsible for utilizing connections with local sponsors to raise funds towards the student scholarship fund.
  • Some of these positions can be combined, but our most successful workshops position someone in each of these roles.
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STEP FOUR: Promote & Follow Up
  • Promote : Student Registration drives the success of your fundraiser. The higher that number is, the easier everything else truly becomes. Think about what marketing/promotion works best for your community and we can work with you to make it happen. Even though it may not be something we’ve done before, we are open to taking your direction and providing support.
  • Our team will provide you with videos, registration flyers, and posters to distribute to classrooms and organizations.
  • Advance Promotion Tour : About 2-4 weeks prior to your workshop date, a small team of Young Americans will come visit your community for one day. They can speak with classes, conduct assembly shows, radio spots, or anything you feel that would help spread the word
  • Local Sponsorship : You can ask for food sponsors or registration sponsors. Our scholarship money, notated above in step one, is the ground work for you to challenge local business’s to jump in. We are more than willing to provide advertisement opportunities to them on our projection screens during the show and in the program we hand out to every audience member.
  • Follow Up : Don’t be afraid to follow up with every school you speak to about helping you advertise. School life can get busy and everyone needs that nice reminder when deadlines are coming up.
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STEP FIVE: The workshop begins. ENJOY!
  • As a new member of our family, we want you to feel comfortable to be involved as little or as much as you’d like. We will introduce you to the cast and thank you for believing in the power of music. You work all year to provide so many amazing opportunities for your students needs to be congratulated.
  • Don’t forget that this three day event can go by fast. Make sure you have everything ready to be able to enjoy the magic as what happens.
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