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All-American Boys Chorus in music video by award-winning a capella group Vocal Point

May 15, 2015


COSTA MESA, Calif.— Vocal Point, the award-winning male a capella group from Brigham Young University has produced a new music video set for release on May 5, 2015. The video features a new and moving arrangement of “Homeward Bound,” and was filmed and recorded on March 28th, the day after the group’s sold-out concert in Newport Beach in collaboration with The All-American Boys Chorus. The Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim served as the locale.

Vocal Point and The All-American Boys Chorus first met 3 years ago when the world-renowned Boys Chorus traversed Utah on their Rocky Mountain concert tour and met with members of Vocal Point to explore the popular world of contemporary a cappella singing. Preview audiences have remarked on the video’s powerful and universally positive message, leading to its release in the week prior to Mother’s Day.

Vocal Point received two CARA Awards for the best Contemporary a cappella album of 2014, and was a nationally featured finalist on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” The All-American Boys Chorus is a professional ensemble based in Costa Mesa. In addition to collaborating with Vocal Point, the Chorus also just recorded the definitive “A Charlie Brown Christmas” album with Grammy nominated pianist David Benoit for release this coming holiday season. Later this year the Chorus will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well as embark on a concert tour throughout Japan.


AABC “Wings of Freedom” Fall Gala

October 22, 2014

Event will honor General William Lyon and Astronaut Eugene Cernan

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The internationally acclaimed All-American Boys Chorus (AABC) is hosting its annual Fall Gala on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa. This year’s “Wings of Freedom” gala event will feature the presentation of the AABC “Great American Awards” to Major General William Lyon USAF (Ret) and Apollo 17 Astronaut Captain Eugene A. Cernan USN (Ret) for their positive, extraordinary and lasting contributions to the world, our nation and our community. The evening will also include live entertainment by the Chorus, which has recently returned from a concert tour to Canada and the Pacific Northwest, a VIP reception with the honorees, a gourmet dinner, and silent and live auctions.

Funds raised at the Gala will be used to support the All-American Boys Chorus’s world-class music education and leadership training programs that currently serve over one hundred boys ages 8 to 15. Boys in the program come from a wide variety of backgrounds from throughout Southern California.

General Lyon started building homes for returning military personnel and others attracted to the Golden State more than 50 years ago. This modest effort evolved to become William Lyon Homes, which is now one of the nation’s largest private homebuilders.

His love of flying led General Lyon to be a partner in the purchase of AirCal, and to then acquire Martin Aviation. In 2009 he established the Lyon Air Museum to preserve and promote the memory of World War II and “The Greatest Generation.” During General Lyon’s distinguished military career of more than 35 years, he flew combat missions in Korea, as well as several assignments in Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa during World War II. General Lyon received numerous awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal (with three oak clusters), and the Presidential Unit Citation. General Lyon currently serves as a director on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Board (a former chairman of that board). He is the founding chairman of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, and past chairman of Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council.

During 20 years as a Naval Aviator, Captain Eugene A. Cernan left his mark on history with three historic missions in space as the Pilot of Gemini IX, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo X, and the Commander of Apollo XVII. He also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last man to have left his footprints on the lunar surface. Among his numerous honors are the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal with Star, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the FAI International Gold Medal for Space, induction into the U.S. Space Hall of Fame, enshrinement into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Naval Aviation’s Hall of Honor and the International Aerospace Hall of Fame. Captain Cernan was awarded the 2007 Lindbergh Spirit Award. And in December 2007, The National Aeronautic Association presented Captain Cernan with one of the most prestigious aviation trophies in the world, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Captain Cernan gives his time to support many aviation-related causes and travels overseas on good-will tours for our military.

Tickets to the gala are priced at $100 and are available to the general public. Information and a link to purchase tickets may be found at the Chorus’s website www.taabc.org
Note to Editors: High-res digital images are available upon request. Interviews with the Artistic Director and choristers are also available upon request.


The All American Boys Chorus Kicks Off Recruiting Campaign

September 9, 2014

Shadow Day Sep 13th; Performance at Festival of Children Sep 20

(COSTA MESA, Calif.) – September 1, 2014 – The internationally acclaimed All American Boys Chorus invites boys 8, 9 and 10 years old to be “AABC Shadows” and experience what it’s like to be an AABC chorister on Saturday, September 13th from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Shadow Day is free and will take place at AABC Headquarters at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The Chorus is also performing at South Coast Plaza at the Festival of Children on Saturday, September 20th at 1:30 and 3:30 pm in the Jewel Court. Both events are the kick-off for the Chorus’s fall recruiting campaign for new members.
“The All American Boys Chorus wants to reach out to as many families as possible,” Anthony Manrique, executive director of the AABC, said. “Boys in the AABC receive a superb music education, acquire leadership qualities, establish lifelong friendships, and enjoy unique opportunities to travel the world.”
Artistic Director Wesley Martin states that “Shadow Day and the performance at the Festival of Children are perfect showcases for interested boys and parents to see our choristers in action. These short visits might be the beginning of a wonderful journey that sees boys walk away from the AABC in a few years as fine young men, inspired with vision and determination and leadership instilled through a program of musical excellence.” AABC staff members and parents will be on hand on Shadow Day and at the Festival of Children to answer questions and provide information.
To date, the AABC has released five albums and performed to standing ovations in concerts worldwide. This summer the Chorus’s concert tour included performances in Washington state, and in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Summer of 2013 found the Chorus touring in Australia and New Zealand.
The AABC’s choristers have sung before some of the nation’s most prestigious audiences—from U.S. presidents to well-known celebrities, including Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Taylor Hicks, Bob Hope, Melissa Manchester, and Victor Borge. There have also been artistic collaborations with Disney, the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pacific Chorale.
Additionally, the AABC has given its youngsters a taste of stardom; earning them television credits for nationwide commercials for Mazda, Toshiba, Cartoon Network, KFC and Pacific Life.
Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2015, the All-American Boys Chorus believes strongly in community involvement, and has performed for more than 50,000 school children in Southern California and on 50+ concert tours.
For more information on the All-American Boys Chorus, call (714) 708-1670 or visit www.taabc.org.
High Res photos available upon request
Interviews with Artistic Director and/or choristers available –
Call Tony Manrique at (714) 708-1670 x11 to schedule


All-American Boys Chorus presents “You Raise Me Up!”

February 6, 2014

Saturday, July 12 at SOKA Performing Arts Center

COSTA MESA, Calif.— The ALL-AMERICAN BOYS CHORUS, under the direction of Wesley Martin, will present a concert entitled YOU RAISE ME UP!, Saturday, July 12 at SOKA Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. The performance is slated for 6 p.m.

Artistic Director Martin states, “A boy’s voice has a power, beauty and magic like nothing else. The extraordinary voices of the All-American Boys Chorus, together with the stunning acoustics of SOKA Performing Arts Center will leave you wanting more as Orange County’s only all boys choir presents a broad sweep through the very best of America’s musical heritage, including a rousing salute to America’s military and works by Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Pharrel Williams and Eric Whitacre! Martin adds that, “We’re very excited to have the backing of our high school Graduate Chorus and our Alumni Chorus, as well as some of the Southlands foremost musicians.”

Tickets are priced at $40, $36, $32 and $27 and can be purchased online or by phone at (714) 708-1670, ext 16.

The All-American Boys Chorus, America’s most beloved boys choir, has delighted audiences worldwide for over forty years. Based in Costa Mesa, the Chorus is comprised of over 100 boys ages 8 – 15 drawn from throughout Southern California. Under Martin’s artistic leadership the Chorus provides boys with comprehensive musical training and unsurpassed performance and touring opportunities.

The AABC is also deeply committed to community involvement, and has performed for more than 60,000 school children through its various educational outreach programs.
To date, the Chorus has released five albums and has performed to standing ovations in concerts worldwide. This summer the Chorus will embark on a 24-day concert tour of the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

AABC choristers have sung before some of the nation’s most prestigious audiences—from U.S. presidents to well-known celebrities, including Josh Groban, Taylor Hicks, David Benoit, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Melissa Manchester, Mary Hart, Bob Hope and Victor Borge. There are also artistic collaborations with the Disney Company, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Additionally, the AABC has provided its members with a taste of stardom earning them television credits for nationwide commercials for Mazda, Pacific Life, KFC, Cartoon Network and Toshiba.

For more information about the All-American Boys Chorus, visit www.taabc.org
FOR INTERVIEWS AND PHOTOS call (714) 708-1670 ×11 or email a.manrique@taabc.org


All-American Boys Chorus Presents Series of Free Concerts for Veterans & Active Military

20-day tour will begin in Auckland and conclude in Sydney

COSTA MESA, Calif. USA—A concert tour that has been in the planning stages for more than two years will come to far-flung fruition this August, when The All-American Boys Chorus stage a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The 30 choristers, ages 11 to 15, and eight staff members will arrive in Auckland on August 3 and finish in Sydney on August 22. During those 20 days they will visit, conduct workshops for students, and perform public concerts at schools in Auckland, Wellington and Lindesfarne in New Zealand; and in Albury, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney in Australia.

Intervening days will be devoted to sightseeing and other activities. The All-American Boys Chorus, America’s quintessential professional boys chorus, has delighted audiences worldwide for over forty years. Based in Southern California, the Chorus is comprised of over 100 boys ages 8 – 15. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wesley Martin, a veteran of Hungary’s renowned Kodaly Institute, the Chorus provides boys with comprehensive musical training and unsurpassed performance and touring opportunities.

Among the Chorus’s credits are performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, concerts in the Crystal Cathedral and on their “Hour of Power” broadcasts, collaborations with Disney and the Cartoon Network, and a televised Christmas Day appearance with Josh Groban at Disneyland in California. According to Martin, on this tour choristers will perform a broad sweep of America’s musical heritage, including Dixieland, Jazz, spirituals, country and popular. Audiences will hear the music of Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys and Leonard Bernstein, among many others. (more)

BOYS CHORUS AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEAONALD TOUR/2 “The Chorus definitely has a trademark repertoire and spirit, which will not be absent,” says Martin. “But we also want to perform for our audiences music with which they likely will be more familiar. Overall, our intention is to share with them some of America’s favorite vocal music as a gift. And we know we’ll receive much in return from our hosts, audience members and others we meet in both of these wonderful nations. The concert tour will be a two-way cultural exchange.” “It’s also a prime opportunity for us to show a very positive image of how American boys, in addition to their involvement with sport, are also involved and connected to the arts and, in particular, music,” Martin continues. “I think it’s extremely important to debunk any stereotypes that singing and boys don’t mix.” AABC President and CEOTony Manrique, who will accompany the Chorus on this tour, says that, “preparatory meetings for the tour have been stressing that the choristers will be in a different, and beautiful, part of the world and that they’ll need to take time to adjust, to experience the sights and sounds and tastes. All of us are especially excited about a planned Mauri welcome ceremony, and visits to Port Arthur, Bonorong Wildlife Park and . . . a jet boat ride!” He adds, “We’re honored to be invited and we’re very grateful to the Australian and New Zealand host schools who are providing most of the billeting and meals, as well as sponsoring the concerts.”
FOR INTERVIEWS AND PHOTOS call (714) 708-1670 ×11 or email a.manrique@taabc.org.


All-American Boys Chorus to Perform Concerts in Australia & New Zealand

20-day tour will begin in Auckland and conclude in Sydney

COSTAMESA, Calif. USAA concert tour that has been in the planning stages for more than two years will come to far-flung fruition this August, when The All-American Boys Chorus stage a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The 30 choristers, ages 11 to 15, and eight staff members will arrive in Auckland on August 3 and finish in Sydney on August 22. During those 20 days they will visit, conduct workshops for students, and perform public concerts at schools in Auckland, Wellington and Lindesfarne in New Zealand; and in Albury, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney in Australia. Intervening days will be devoted to sightseeing and other activities. The All-American Boys Chorus, Americas quintessential professional boys chorus, has delighted audiences worldwide for over forty years. Based in Southern California, the Chorus is comprised of over 100 boys ages 8 15. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wesley Martin, a veteran of Hungarys renowned Kodaly Institute, the Chorus provides boys with comprehensive musical training and unsurpassed performance and touring opportunities. Among the Choruss credits are performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, concerts in the Crystal Cathedral and on their Hour of Power broadcasts, collaborations with Disney and the Cartoon Network, and a televised Christmas Day appearance with Josh Groban at Disneyland in California. According to Martin, on this tour choristers will perform a broad sweep of Americas musical heritage, including Dixieland, Jazz, spirituals, country and popular. Audiences will hear the music of Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys and Leonard Bernstein, among many others. (more)

BOYSCHORUSAUSTRALIA/NEWZEAONALDTOUR/2 The Chorus definitely has a trademark repertoire and spirit, which will not be absent, says Martin. But we also want to perform for our audiences music with which they likely will be more familiar. Overall, our intention is to share with them some of Americas favorite vocal music as a gift. And we know well receive much in return from our hosts, audience members and others we meet in both of these wonderful nations. The concert tour will be a two-way cultural exchange. Its also a prime opportunity for us to show a very positive image of how American boys, in addition to their involvement with sport, are also involved and connected to the arts and, in particular, music, Martin continues. I think its extremely important to debunk any stereotypes that singing and boys dont mix.AABCPresident andCEOTony Manrique, who will accompany the Chorus on this tour, says that, preparatory meetings for the tour have been stressing that the choristers will be in a different, and beautiful, part of the world and that theyll need to take time to adjust, to experience the sights and sounds and tastes. All of us are especially excited about a planned Mauri welcome ceremony, and visits to Port Arthur, Bonorong Wildlife Park and . . . a jet boat ride! He adds, Were honored to be invited and were very grateful to the Australian and New Zealand host schools who are providing most of the billeting and meals, as well as sponsoring the concerts.

FORINTERVIEWSANDPHOTOScall (714) 708-1670 11 or email a.manrique@taabc.org.