The past three weeks I’ve been playing with the 2011 Disneyland All American College Band. The group is 21 college age musicians from all over the country. The first two weeks were pretty much a blur of constant rehearsals for the memorized street sets. We’re playing medleys from disney movies, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power. These sets also have quite a bit of choreography along with them. Here’s a video of the band playing the Tower of Power Medley.
The band is sponsored by Yamaha and we’re all playing new horns. The sax section was able to try out a bunch of different horn and neck combinations (I still like my horn better). Although I didn’t find a horn and neck combination that I loved, it was a great experience to hear how much the neck bore and material effect the sound of an instrument.
In addition to playing the memorized street sets, we also play flag retreat set and a big band set. We do these 5 sets every day, 5 days a week. Even though it’s been busy, it is a lot of fun-I’m playing a lot of new music and I’m working at Disneyland…I can’t complain.
The band is a lot of fun to play with, it’s definitely the most powerful brass section I’ve ever played with. Here is a video of our first set as a big band a few weeks go.
The week before I came out to L.A., my sextet played at Miles’ Cafe in New York. Here is a video of us doing my version of Little by Little (a track off of the new radiohead album). enjoy the clapping at 4:03.
Angelo Di Loretto- Piano
I finish up the gig in Disneyland on August 13th. The following week, we will be playing in Ohio, and New York as I release my new CD Between the Lines. Stay posted for exact dates and times!