By: Marisa Arellano

In the first concert of 2017, 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 will offer our Young Sounds (YS) members a chance to both broaden their performance experience as well as reach new audiences. It is also a great opportunity for YS members to meet the MCC music department faculty as well as music majors within the college.

Young Sounds bands and combo will perform at the Phoenix Center for the Arts on Monday, December 12, 2016, at 7:00pm. Admission is free. Phoenix Center for the Arts is located at 1202 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix.

Vince's family would like to thank everyone for the many kind thoughts, prayers, memories, and condolences that they have received during this difficult time. An open-house memorial will be held this Wednesday, September 28th at the Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center located at 1520 South Longmore in Mesa. They would like to invite everyone to join them to celebrate the life of Vince Wedge, a wonderful and caring man who is dearly missed. Please stop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:30pm.

Young Sounds of Arizona will conclude the 2015-16 season with a concert at Mesa Community College Perfoming Arts Center. See our event page for details.

Young Sounds performs at the Professional Musicians of Arizona’s First Tuesday Concert Series annual birthday celebration. Admission is free, donations are accepted. - See more at:


By Patricia Myers

Jazz entered the young lives in different ways for five members of a combo that emerged from the Young Sounds of Arizona’s two larger ensembles. The combo will perform at 7 p.m. December 8 at South Mountain Community College.

Individual interviews with each student-musician revealed strong enthusiasm and elevated respect for jazz. Here are their thoughtful and fascinating replies.