Dan Bower became a member of the Young Americans in 1982. During his 5-year tenure, Dan enjoyed performing in the original Young Americans Christmas Show, touring Hawaii, and singing at the YA Boyne Highlands Dinner Theatre in northern Michigan for three seasons. Dan is proud to have served as the Boyne Highlands dining room manager for 5 seasons after exiting the group, becoming the first YA alumni to do so.
During his years with The Young Americans, Dan continued his education, graduating from the University of California, Irvine majoring in psychology. He went on to receive his teaching credential at the University of California, Riverside and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.
Over the past 29 years. Dan has received many accolades including Harbor Springs Teacher of the Year and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for northern Michigan. In 2004 Dan was chosen to be a Fulbright Exchange teacher, living abroad and teaching in Newport, Wales for the 2004-2005 school year. Dan recently returned to California and is currently teaching music in Irvine Unified School District. He and his wife Jodi have two children: a son, Stewart, and a daughter, Perry, who both attend college in Michigan. Dan is honored to serve on the Board of Directors and is looking forward to supporting the next generation of Young Americans.