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The All-American College Band Returns for the Summer at Disneyland Resort

posted on July 22nd, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Now in its 44th year at the Disneyland Resort, the fan-favorite All-American College Band is back to entertain guests with their signature dance moves and memorable tunes, including Disney favorites like “Under the Sea” and the latest hit, “Let it Go.” The All-American College Band, composed of college students from across the country who have competed for a coveted spot, provides a hands-on music education experience that prepares them for careers in the music industry.

This summer, the students are joined by a series of successful music mentors, such as Sal Lozano, a band alumnus who played for hit TV shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol.” The current program is directed by former band member Dr. Ron McCurdy, who teaches jazz at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

If you haven’t yet experienced the energy the All-American College Band brings to the Disneyland Resort – you’ll want to make sure you check them out. Below is a video highlighting the Band’s 40th anniversary celebration – take a look!

The band plays at Disneyland Resort Tuesdays through Saturdays until August 15:

  • 1:50 p.m. – Hollywood Backlot Stage, Disney California Adventure park
  • 4:30 p.m. – Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland park
  • 5:10 p.m. – Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park
  • 6:00 p.m. – Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park
  • 7:15 p.m. – Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland park

(Times and locations subject to change.)

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Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort SALUTE Military Cast Members With New Diversity Resource Group

posted on July 11th, 2014 by Melanie Vogel, External Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


Hello, I’m Melanie! My colleague Kevin Rafferty, Jr., who has brought you “Every Role a Starring Role” for the last few years, is on a special assignment and has temporarily passed me the baton to bring you Disneyland Resort cast and community news. One of my favorite experiences as a Disneyland Resort cast member is watching Main Street, U.S.A. don its iconic red, white and blue décor each summer, offering a month-long celebration of our nation and those who defend our freedom.

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This July is especially momentous for cast members with connections to the military as SALUTE, a new diversity resource group, officially launched yesterday at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts with patriotic ceremonies on both coasts. Cast members participating in SALUTE will help provide a military perspective that will enhance the cast and guest experience.

SALUTE is an extension of Disney’s longstanding support of the armed forces, which dates back to Walt Disney’s service in the Ambulance Corps during World War I and his brother Roy’s service as a petty officer in the Navy.

SALUTE is the sixth diversity resource group at Disneyland Resort and the seventh for Walt Disney World Resort. These groups serve as resources to the company and our cast by sharing the unique perspectives and contributions that diverse communities can offer.

Additional diversity resource groups on both coasts include:

  • CastABLE: Promoting respect, equality and an appreciation of people with disabilities.
  • COMPASS (Community of Pacific Islanders, Asians and Allies): Enhancing cast, guest and community relations through Asian and Pacific Islander cultural awareness and business practices.
  • FAMILIES: Focusing on family-related interests. (Walt Disney World Resort only.)
  • HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement): Promoting Hispanic/Latino heritage and cultural exchange.
  • PRIDE (People Respecting Individual Diversities in Everyone): Serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender cast members by providing resources, learning opportunities and a supportive network.
  • PULSE (People United to Lead, Serve and Excel): Developing cultural, educational and professional opportunities for cast members of African heritage.
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