Young Ambassadors is a performing group that includes 20 performers and a 10 piece live band that was originally created in 1970 to perform for Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan. Since then they have brought their music and dance across the United States and to 66 foreign countries. In May of 2009 the group toured Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. On tours like these they are found giving almost 30 performances and serving through outreach activities at hospitals, rest homes and local schools. Their current director, Randy Boothe, has been with the group since 1977, creating relationships with leaders across the globe including the prime minister of India, the queen of Thailand, the king and queen of Jordan and many others.
This year marks the Young Ambassadors 40th anniversary and the celebration is one worth seeing. Former Young Ambassadors from across the country are joining together to perform in the current group’s annual De Jong performance on BYU’s campus. Alumni include Broadway stars and performing groups like Dallyn Vail Bayles (Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera), Jericho Road (inspirational pop/contemporary recording/performing artists), Taylor Frey (Hairspray and Finian’s Rainbow) and many more.
Dave Kimball, one of four singers in Jericho Road, joined us on Studio 5 to share how being members of the BYU Young Ambassadors inspired the creation of their group.
For more information about the BYU Young Ambassadors go to http://pam.byu.edu/SimilarPage.asp?title=Young%20Ambassadors
For ticket information for the 40th Anniversary concert go to http://www.byuarts.com/tickets/index.php
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