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Stan Freese

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1313 S Harbor Blvd

Anaheim, California,92803

United States

Company Description

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks - Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park - plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences...more

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Employment History

Casting Director

The Walt Disney Company


Walt Disney World Resort



Edina schools

music education degree


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Celebrating 50 Years of Magical Memories Event - July 15-17, 2005 [cached]

The seminar was conducted by Stan Freese, Disneyland Resort's Talent Booking Director and former Disneyland Band Leader.
He started in 1971 as the first leader of the Walt Disney World Band (being involved in the development of the band and facing such challenges as finding musicians who could and would march in the Orlando heat and humidity) and then became the leader of the Disneyland Band in 1974. He was very much involved when Tokyo Disneyland was developed, including training the Japanese musicians in playing top 40 and bluegrass, which was a bit of a challenge. Stan's musical interest and abilities have been passed along to his children, with a son in a current prominent band and another son who regularly plays with name artists. Stan talked about how Walt Disney hired the first Disneyland Band, first for a period of a day, and then extending that time to two weeks, a month, and so forth, continuing to this day. The Disneyland Band (which has 15 - 20 regular members as well as some substitutes) plays 5 days a week, and Stan spoke of the need to be careful to make sure that the music being played on Main Street is either themed to the turn-of-the-century or is some kind of Disney music - modern music would not fit into the theme of Main Street. Many of the members of the Disneyland Band also break up into smaller groups that play as other bands on Main Street and elsewhere in the park, including as the Main Street Merchant Band, the Fire House Band and the Side Street Strutters. Stan also spoke about the All American College Band, explaining that early in its existence, college kids would play in the band for the summer, and then some would fly back in on weekends to play before returning to their schools to attend classes for the week. Stan also mentioned the Plaza Gardens Stage, which has hosted numerous big bands for many years, and Rod Miller, longtime Main Street ragtime piano player. Stan then brought in the all-female mariachi band that plays at both Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland and in the Pacific Wharf area in Disney's California Adventure, and everyone enjoyed listening to them play. Nothing like some good music to entertain a crowd. Stan also discussed the piano/bicycle combination (which proved to be difficult when the piano player had to pedal on any kind of incline), the Dapper Dans (who can dress in various different costumes), the Dickens Carolers (who can be found on Main Street during the holidays), the Magic Kingdom Korps, the Trash Can Trio, the Bayou Brass, the Steel Drum Band and Billy Hill & The Hillbillies. Stan expressed the opinion that it was great for Disneyland to continue to have so much musical talent in the park because while they might not be the reason that people are coming through the turnstiles, they definitely add to the enjoyment that a guest has during the day. Stan went on to mention some of the many well-known talents that got their start at Disneyland or have performed at Disneyland and also discussed the musical venues of the Tahitian Terrace and the Golden Horseshoe. Stan was a great storyteller and was very personable and engaging.

Freese To Judge LAMN Jams 2011 | LAMN [cached]

We are delighted to announce that Stan Freese, Walt Disney Talent Casting & Booking Director,will judge talent at the LAMN Jam ROCK Music Contest Finale on June16, 2011 to take place at the 1616 Club in Los Angeles.
Over the course of his career, he has hired over 100,000 artists to perform at Disney properties worldwide. About Stan Freese Born in Minnesota, Stanford Freese (Stan Freese) is now in his 40th year working for the Walt Disney Company. Stan has served in many roles throughout his Disney career including the Director of Bands at both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort. He served as a Show Director for Tokyo Disneyland, an Entertainment Producer for Pleasure Island and Walt Disney World, and a Musical Show Director for Tokyo Disney Seas. Stan is currently the Talent and Casting Director for Disneyland, finding talent, developing musical ensembles, and overseeing the multitude of live musical performances at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney and for a wealth of special events off property. Stan maintains his status as a principle advisor and mentor for hundreds of Disney Entertainment Division staff members who are responsible for the music and show development for Disney theme parks around the world. Performance Achievements In addition to his work at Disney, Stan has been a renowned tuba soloist and entertainer for over forty years. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Stan was selected by the United States Cultural Exchange Department, Washington D.C. as a tuba soloist with the Minnesota concert band that toured the Soviet Union, culminating with a command performance for the President of the United States at the White House. Stan was chosen again by the government to tour China as a tuba soloist with the Minnesota band on a goodwill tour. Stan later moved to Hollywood, California, where he produced and played in television and motion picture soundtrack recordings until he was hired by Disney to move to Orlando, Florida to serve as the first leader of the Walt Disney World Band. Two years later Stan relocated to Disneyland, where he became Director of Bands and began re-envisioning the musical programming for Disneyland and the upcoming Disney California Adventure theme park. Stan is the recipient of much recognition and countless awards. One noteworthy accomplishment includes being entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as producer of the largest Tuba Christmas Ensemble in the world consisting of over 500 tubas performing in concert at Downtown Disney, Anaheim, California (2007). He has performed and/or recorded with: Stan is married and has two sons, Josh and Jason.

News [cached]

Although they rarely invite guests to join them on stage, they warmly welcomed Stan Freese and his amazing sousaphone (tuba).
Freese had just recently retired from Disneyland, and his huge instrument wrapped around him like a snake. He had it painted like a boa constrictor, fangs and all, "because it sucks the wind out of me," he said.

1 year ago today: R.I.P. Ernie McLean. I’m sorry I... [cached]

"Ernie was the last of his breed here at Disneyland," remembered Stan Freese, Disneyland Resort talent booking director and friend of Ernie's.

Nearly 200,000 votes were cast for the bands during the four-week, open online voting period, resulting in nearly 1.5 million page views to Jazz Avenue was awarded the winning title by a panel of judges including: Disney talent casting director Stan Freese, Irwin Kornfeld of InTune Partners and Westchester Media, Menzie Pittman from Contemporary Music Center, and Michael Smith of Peavey Electronics Company. Second and third place runners-up included: damsel band The Hi-Tops from Jeffersonville, Ind., and Ergo We Play from Knoxville, Tenn., respectively.
This year's judges panel includes: Stan Freese, talent casting director, Disneyland Irwin Kornfeld, CEO, In Tune Partners and Westchester Media Menzie Pittman, owner and director of education, Contemporary Music Centers Michael Smith, project manager, MI and instruments, Peavey Electronics Company The winning band will perform at the original SchoolJam festival in Frankfurt, Germany in spring 2012; receive a music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus along with cash prizes of $1,000 to purchase of new gear and $5,000 for their school music programs. Peligro was awarded the winning title by a panel of judges including: Michael Blakeslee from MENC (National Association for Music Education), Steve Dobo from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Stan Freese from Disney, Kevin Lyman from Vans Warped Tour, and Menzie Pittman from Contemporary Music Center.

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