In Memory

Dow Young (Faculty)




Dow Harold Young Jr. was born June 17, 1921, a 4th Generation descendent of Brigham Young. He died February 1, 1971. He played the clarinet with the Utah Symphony, taught private lessons, and taught orchestra at East High. There is an annual award at East High School in his name, the Dow Young Memorial. Mr. Young was an instrumental music teacher at EHS from 1954-71. While at East he and his various organizations became the trademark by which superior high school instrumental music groups were judged. Many of the programs Mr. Young started are still traditions at East. Receiving this award with Dow Young's name attached to it is a great honor because he exemplified total dedication to and love of instrumental music. The winners are selected by the Music Department. 


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11/19/14 01:23 PM #1    

Linda Welch (LeBrane)

He was the best teacher I ever had.  He encouraged me and cared about me.  He took our orchestra to the top of High School Orchestra performances.  Our "road trip" to California to play in (and win) the Western Division of performing orchestras was the brightest point in my East years.  The friends I made in orchestra were my family.

01/10/15 07:12 PM #2    

Tom Johnson

I was fortunate to have Dow as a father-in-law.  He was one of the most talented individuals I knew.  He was a wonderful and caring individual.  Even though he passed away early in my life, his influence was profound.  He never stopped talking about his students.  I could feel the love he had for teaching.  We do miss him.



01/10/15 10:12 PM #3    

Joan Knudsen (Connolly)

I spent  many hours in the orchestra room.....Mr. Young was a good musician and "leader of the band" and orchestra.  He had a lot of noisy, fun, crazy kids to watch over and did a good job.  I especially remember our fun trips to Californina to competitions.  Yes....grand memories!!!

01/11/15 09:57 AM #4    

Steve Smith

I very much enjoyed playing the French Horn under Mr. Young's tutelage, he was a beloved and talented man and died too young, was missed in the music community after his passing.

01/11/15 10:21 PM #5    

Diane Kirkham (Miller)

Mr. Young was one of my favorite people at East High. My senior year I had two periods with him. He influenced my love for music so much. He was "instrumental" in helping me get a music schorlarship to BYU. I have never forgotten him and what he did for me. He is missed by all who knew him. 

01/14/15 10:40 PM #6    

Kent Hales

I am sorry for returning your oboe before getting to play in your orchestra. The biggest mistake I ever made! My Huge, HUGE loss. You influenced the lives of so many in such a wonderful and marvelous way and I only regret that I was not one of them.

03/11/15 10:16 PM #7    

Vickie Christiansen (Morgan)

I echo everyone else - I LOVED playing under the direction of Dow Young.  He was a great teacher and encouraging to all.  His selection of music stretched us but we worked hard for him.  And yes, the trip to Califorina was a highlight.  We did a good job!  Orchestra was one of my favorite classes.

03/12/15 12:00 PM #8    

Doug Richards

While I never had him in a class-I was priviledged to work with him in the production of "Showboat" and grew to admire him for his direction and kindness.  He paid me some personal compliments that I will never forget.  He was a wonderful man and it is only fitting that his name is attached to East High.

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