Founded in 1971, the Young Sounds of Arizona remains the first and oldest program of its kind in the country.  Young Sounds is comprised of forty students who range in ages from twelve to eighteen.  They come from schools in the greater Phoenix area.  All members are accepted by audition and are considered to be the best young talent that the Valley has to offer.  Youngs Sounds now features two big bands and a jazz combo. 

Young Sounds is a non-profit 501-(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors and sponsored by the Professional Musicians of Arizona, Local 586 AFM.  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 sponsors a variety of clinics by famous performers and educators.