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Disney’s Freese To Judge ROCK LAMN Jam

18 May 2011

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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:

  • A Perfect Circle
  • Chet Atkins
  • Barnum & Bailey Ringling Brothers Circus Band
  • Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Bulgaria – Guest Conductor
  • Chuck Berry
  • Glen Campbell
  • Roy Clark
  • Dallas Brass
  • Disneyland Band
  • Dukes of Dixieland Band
  • Performed at 2008 Grammy Awards
  • Pete Fountain
  • Hee Haw – Featured Guest 1983-1991 Nashville Tennessee
  • Indiana Symphony Orchestra – Soloist
  • Minnesota Symphony Orchestra
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Tokyo Disneyland Band
  • United States Army Band, Norfolk Virginia
  • Vandals Punk Rock Band
  • Joe Walsh (Eagles)
  • Walt Disney World Band

Personal

Stan is married and has two sons, Josh and Jason.  Both are internationally recognized studio and touring musicians. Josh plays drums, writes and produces. Jason plays keyboards and sax, writes and produces.

 

 


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