Disneyland Resort All-American College Band Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

The Disneyland Resort All-American College Band returned to the Disneyland Resort on Tuesday night. This comes after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The last time there was a college band at the Disneyland Resort was in 2019.

This year the band returned in full force and brought joy and music to Disneyland on an evening in the park. For its opening day, the 2022 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band performed three sets. They were as follows:

  • 6:10 PM – Main Street Station
    • Bubbles Was a Cheerleader
    • When You Wish Upon a Star
    • Stevie Wonder Medley
    • Earth, Wind and Fire Medley
  • 7:10 PM – Sleeping Beauty Castle
    • A Dream is a Wish
    • Under the Sea
    • Aladdin Medley
    • We Don’t Talk About Bruno
    • Disney Attraction Medley
  • 8:00 M – Main Street Pre-Parade
    • Goin’ Down the Bayou
    • The Incredibles
    • Tower of Power Medley
    • Celebrate
    • The Impression That I Get

The band performed some favorites from previous years. They also had some new music. One new song that was a hit with the crowd was We Don’t Talk About Bruno from Disney’s Encanto. This was performed at the 7:10 PM set at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

The Disneyland Resort All-American College Band program began at Disneyland in 1971. Throughout 11 weeks, band members get to experience what it is like to work in the music industry. They generally perform daily in the Disneyland Resort five days a week throughout most of the summer, work and perform with guest clinicians, and also participate in special events. This summer, the band will be a part of Disneyland After Dark: Grad Nite Reunion.

The guest clinicians that the band learns from and perform with are often a highlight of the summer. Generally, they perform during sit-down jazz sets. Clinicians for these sets in the past have included Steve Houghton, Wayne Bergeron, Gregg Field, John Clayton, Jiggs Whigham, and Rick Baptist, and more. They bring first-hand knowledge of what the music industry is like. Members of the college band focus on an emphasis during the program of one of the following: Composition and Arranging; Careers in Music; Recording and Production.

Are you excited about the return of the Disneyland Resort All-American College Band? What is your favorite song that they are performing so far this summer? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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