For those of you (like me) who miss the original Disneyland Band at Disneyland Park, have you ever checked out some of the “breakout bands” that were formed with several former members of the main band?
You can find these folks anywhere from Main Street, U.S.A. to Frontierland to New Orleans Square – and here are some of the places I’ve spotted them!
The Straw Hatters
You may have seen these fellows in their red, white and blue checkered and striped outfits up and down Main Street. Generally their first set of the morning (in front of the Disney Showcase store on Main Street) is one where you can find them joined by characters such as Pluto – who loves to dance to their song “Walking the Dog” – and Donald Duck – who always wants to participate in their World’s Best Drummer contest in competition with a young guest picked from the crowd.
The rest of the day they can be found on the sidewalks of Main Street, but I also recently have seen them in the afternoon aboard the Mark Twain in New Orleans Square! Like the other breakout bands, they play a mix of jazz and throw in some occasional Disney tunes, too. Check the daily Entertainment Times Guide or the Disneyland app for their schedule.
Hook & Ladder Co.
I’ve been seeing this band a bit more regularly lately as they have a set that has been running at the Firehouse on Main Street right before the last Dapper Dans set of the day. It’s a fun melding of light comedy and music and what differentiates this band from the Straw Hatters (aside from their firemen costumes – a nod to the early Walt Disney Studios band made up some of Walt’s “Nine Old Men” – the Firehouse Five Plus Two) is that their instruments include a piano and a fun all-around percussion piece that functions as drum, cowbell and more.
Like the Straw Hatters, the Hook & Ladder Co. also gets to perform a set with Disney characters – in this case, with Chip & Dale who come out to dance to the band’s music.
Sadly, their schedule is not listed on the daily Entertainment Times Guide (though they may turn up on the Disneyland app) so it can be pretty much catch ‘em as you see ‘em either at the Firehouse or occasionally I think I’ve found them at Coke Corner, too.
Silver Dollar Six
This is the rarest of the three breakout bands as they generally only perform once or twice a day in Frontierland. Check the daily Entertainment Times Guide or the Disneyland app for the time.
They can be found playing either outside upon the balcony of The Golden Horseshoe Saloon or inside the Saloon itself.
While I’m happy to have some form of music in the Saloon, a jazz/brass band doesn’t really fit the Frontierland theming the way Billy Hill and the Hillbillies did so well – or how easily Miss Chris and Tex Tumbleweed could’ve been brought over to this location from the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue Stage Show… but sadly they weren’t. Of the three breakout bands, this one seems the most superfluous to me.
Still, I’m all about supporting live music at the park, so I’d encourage you to stop and check out any or all of these shows if you happen upon them on your day at Disneyland!
Have you watched any of the breakout bands performing at Disneyland Park? Which is your favorite?