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The Young Americans is a non-profit, tax exempt, educational institution founded in 1962. We were the first choir to move to the music we sang. We created the entire "show choir" movement by influencing the teachers of our nations when we performed on all of the leading television shows of the 60's and 70's.

Bing Crosby was the first to have The Young Americans on his NBC-TV special television shows. What followed was a success story on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show and Ed Sullivan's CBS-TV show out of New York City (We were on that show six times.) Red Skelton had us perform "Singing in the Rain" CBS television city in Holly-wood. They flooded the entire studio with rain for us.

Julie Andrews at ABC-TV, Dean Martin at NBC, Andy Williams, Jimmy Durante, George Burns and many others. Judy Garland performed a full-length concert with us at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. In other years, at that same theatre, we performed one year with Johnny Mathis and another year with Henry Mancini.

We had fun with most of the stars of the 60's and 70's: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and the Summer replacement series on CBS with the composer and writer of The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown the talented Meredith Willson, sponsored by Texaco.

It was in the 60's that we were able to help solve some of our nation's problems that occurred between our youth and the "establishment." The Young Americans bridged "the generation gap" and truly helped to bring clarity to the youthful generation of the time.

The 70's and 80's saw us travel to the Pacific rim countries of Japan, Okinawa, Thailand, The Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and Korea. Three summers in a row we performed on a special stage built beside the Mediterranean Sea in the French Riviera (Wow, those French girls got a lot of our young men's attention!).

Ten National Tours for Columbia Artists (Community Concert Association Series) included The Young Americans in Concert I, II, III, IV, V. The Gershwin Special, To Richard Rogers With Love, and our own National Touring Companies of Oklahoma! , The Music Man, and West Side Story.

They won the Academy Award (Oscar) for our full-length documentary for Columbia Motion Pictures and performed in the Academy Awards show the following year singing the winning song "Born Free." We recorded five major albums released by such companies as Victor and ABC Records, and produced our own hour long TV special for ABC television, sponsored by Corning Glass.

We remember performances in the finest theatres and arena's throughout this nation and the world. Madison Square Gardens in NYC, Hollywood Bowl in LA, the Cow Palace in San Francisco, Victory Place in Canada, and premiere performances on the big stages in Disneyland and Disney World, at the LA Coliseum, McArthur Place in Chicago and packaged theatrical performances for Chevrolet and IBM all across this nation. Pepsi-Cola, Coca Cola, Trans-American Insurance, Amway, and countless corporate functions have taken us to locales from Hawaii to Florida, New York to Los Angeles, Detroit to Denver.

The Young Americans performed at the foot of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., on a special stage that was built just for us during the entire Summer of our nation's Bicentennial Celebrations in 1976. Every night that summer we performed for over 5000 people. We have sung separately for 6 of our nation's Presidents and performed for Kings and Princesses all across the world.

Beginning in 1993, we have concentrated much of our efforts founding the International Music Outreach Tours and have gone into our nation's schools to work directly with our nation's youth. (See our IMOT page).

We are influencing student's ability to look at themselves, to build self-esteem and self worth and to respect others who have different beliefs. We don't lecture or preach or tell people how to live.

The Young Americans strengthen music in our nation's schools. Our Founder and Director Milton C. Anderson expressed all our feelings when he said, "It is unacceptable that music has been disappearing from our school's curriculum. OUR YOUTH NEEDS TO SING!"

In Summary, The Young Americans are a group of 30 young, talented singer dancers. Performers that retain humanity and provide a sense of reality to their audiences. The Young Americans sense of honesty allows them to enter an inner-city school and be accepted by their peers, or to perform and be accepted equally by Royalty and Heads of State. Each performance group of 30 is taken from the overall large group of 200 that studies and rehearses at our own school - California Pacific College of the Performing Arts, in Southern California. We rehearse on weekends, Saturday 8AM to 6PM, Sunday 1PM to 10PM.


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