Show Spotlight: Main Street Philharmonic

“Let the drums roll out, let the trumpet call…”

What is the Main Street Philharmonic?

The Main Street Philharmonic at the Town Square flagpole for Flag Retreat.

The Main Street Philharmonic at the Town Square flagpole for Flag Retreat.

Walt Disney World Resort’s answer to the Disneyland Band is the Main Street Philharmonic.

As with their West Coast cousins, their music is a mix of Disney favorites and period pieces as they march to different locations in the park to perform. But their versions of songs are a bit more jazzed up and faster paced and they add a bit of comedy to their performance as well.

Unlike the more stately (original) Disneyland Band, the Main Street Philharmonic incorporates more choreography and interaction with the crowds as they play. Another difference is that unlike at Disneyland, this band does not have a conductor that leads them in their performances.

Who are the performers?

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The Main Street Philharmonic consists of a dozen musicians playing instruments ranging from various horns to drums.

Clad in their bright red and white uniforms, they are a cheery sight to behold!

When and where can I find it?

The Main Street Philharmonic at Storybook Circus.

The Main Street Philharmonic at Storybook Circus.

The Main Street Philharmonic plays several days per week in two main locations in the Magic Kingdom: Main Street, U.S.A. and Storybook Circus in Fantasyland.  They also participate in the Flag Retreat ceremony in Town Square.

Check your daily Times Guide for their schedule.

Why spotlight it?

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The Main Street Philharmonic is a wonderful piece of the theming of Main Street and live musical entertainment in the Magic Kingdom.

They’re also an important component of the daily Flag Retreat as they perform from the top of the Main Street train station down to the flagpole in Town Square itself.

I’m happy to see this classic American tradition continue at the Magic Kingdom and I wonder how comparable their style is with the newly “reimagined” Disneyland Band that debuted this weekend?  I look forward to finding out soon!

Have you watched the Main Street Philharmonic perform? If you have also seen the Disneyland Band, what do you think of the differences in style?

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