This week the 2018 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band was joined by jazz legend Jiggs Whigham for an incredible concert at the Royal Theatre at Disneyland. Whigham has been returning for over thirty consecutive years as a clinician for the Disneyland Resort College Band. Throughout the concert, Whigham brought a wonderful sense of humor to the performance. It garnered laughs from both the audience and the band members.
Jiggs Whigham began his professional jazz career at the age of 17. He joined the Glenn Miller/Ray McKinley orchestra in 1961. In 1963 he left the band to play in Stan Kenton’s “mellophonium” band. He then moved to New York to play commercially. Eventually getting frustrated with this, Whigham moved to Germany. There he taught at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.
Through the years he played with some of the best big bands in Germany. He also was the musical director for the RIAS Big Band in Berlin, Germany. For a time he conducted the BBC Big Band. He is currently the co-conductor of the Berlin Jazz Orchestra with singer Marc Secara. Whigham has also been featured on many albums through the years. He is known for his expressive and fluent playing. Jiggs Whigham continues to keep a busy schedule as he tours the globe as a soloist, conductor, and educator.
Jiggs Whigham and the 2018 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band
For the concert with the 2018 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band and Jiggs Whigham, the following music was played.
- When You Wish Upon a Star/Introduction of Jiggs Whigham
- It Could Happen To You
- Walking Tip Toe
- Buckeye Blues
- My Old Flame
- Touch of Your Lips
- To John
The band performs a jazz set Monday through Friday at the Royal Theatre at 7:45. In general, when clinicians have been performing as well the performance has begun five minutes earlier.
Jiggs Whigham and the 2018 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band Concert Videos
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