Research Topic: "Big Bands At Disneyland"
1963
6/1"Cavalcade of Bands":
     Les Brown and His Band of Renown
     Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra
     Gene Krupa and His Orchestra
     Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra
     The Elliott Brothers Band ("Disneyland resident crew")
6/28-7/4Count Basie and His Orchestra
7/22-7/27     Tex Beneke and His Orchestra
                      featuring Ray Eberle, Paula Kelly, and The Modernaires
8/27-9/1Harry James and His Orchestra
9/27-9/28     [Dixieland with] Louis Armstrong, The Dukes of Dixieland, trumpeter Teddy Buckner


1965
5/30       The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Directed By Sam Donahue
      featuring Frank Sinatra Jr., Charlie Shavers, Helen Forrest, and The Pied Pipers
6/29-7/4Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
not known     Harry James and His Orchestra
not known     Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
not known     Woody Herman and His Orchestra
not known     Wayne King and His Orchestra
9/3-9/11Tex Beneke and His Orchestra
                      featuring Ray Eberle, Paula Kelly, and The Modernaires


1980
6/16-6/21     Count Basie and His Orchestra
6/22-6/23?   The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra Directed By Lee Castle
6/24-6/30     The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Directed By Buddy Morrow
6/31-7/7?     Les Brown and His Band of Renown
7/18-7/14     Freddy Martin and His Orchestra
7/15-7/21     Bob Crosby and His Orchestra featuring the Bob Cats
7/22-7/28     Louis Bellson and His Big Band Explosion
7/29-8/4       Les Elgart and His Orchestra
                      with vocalist Carolyn Cline
8/5-8/18       The Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Jimmy Henderson
8/19-8/25     Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra
8/26-9/1       Woody Herman and His Young Thundering Herd
9/2-9/8         Buddy Rich and His Band


1982
6/19-6/26     Ray McKinley and His Orchestra
6/27-7/3       The Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Larry O'Brien
7/4-7/10       Woody Herman and His Young Thundering Herd
7/11-7/17     Harry James and His Orchestra
7/18-7/24     Bob Crosby and His Orchestra featuring the Bob Cats
7/25-7/31     Freddy Martin and His Orchestra
8/15-8/21     Lionel Hampton and His Big Band
8/22-8/28     Les Brown and His Band of Renown
8/29-9/4       Tex Beneke and His Orchestra
9/5-9/11       Buddy Rich and His Band


1984
6/84             The Count Basie Orchestra
                     with special guest Joe Williams
6/84              The Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Dick Gerhart
7/84              Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Herd
7/84              Cab Calloway and His Orchestra
                     with special guest Chris Calloway
7/84              Bob Crosby and His Orchestra featuring the Bob Cats
                     with special guest Kay Starr
7/84              Ray McKinley and His Orchestra
                     with special guest Ella Mae Morse
7/84              The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra Directed By Lee Castle
                     with special guest Helen Forrest
8/84              The Artie Shaw Orchestra Directed By Dick Johnson
                     with special guest Artie Shaw
8/84              Lionel Hampton and His Big Band
8/84              Les Brown and His Band of Renown
8/84              The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Directed By Buddy Morrow
                     with special guest Connie Haines
9/84              Buddy Rich and His Band


1985
6/22The Harry James Orchestra Directed By Joe Graves
6/23-6/29      Ray McKinley and His Orchestra
       featuring Peanuts Hucko and Connie Haines
6/30-7/6 Bob Crosby and His Orchestra featuring the Bobcats
       with special guest Kay Starr
7/7-7/14 Myron Floren and His Orchestra
7/15-7/20      Les Brown and His Band of Renown
7/21-7/27      Cab Calloway and His Orchestra
       featuring Chris Calloway
7/28-8/4The Artie Shaw Orchestra Directed By Dick Johnson
8/6-8/10The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Thad Jones
8/11-8/17      Lionel Hampton and His Big Band
8/18-8/24      Tex Beneke and His Orchestra
8/25-8/31      Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd
9/1-9/7   Buddy Rich and His Big Band


1988
6/25-7/2"Disneyland Salutes Benny Goodman"
      with guest soloists Peanuts Hucko and Louise Tobin
      featuring alumni of the Benny Goodman orchestras
7/3-7/9  Myron Floren and His Orchestra
7/10-7/16     Ray McKinley and His Orchestra
      with special guest Kay Starr
7/17-7/23     The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Frank Foster
7/24-7/30      Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
7/31-8/6Tex Beneke and His Orchestra
8/7-8/13The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Directed By Buddy Morrow
8/14-8/20      Les Brown and His Band of Renown
8/21-8/27      Lionel Hampton and His Big Band
8/28-9/4        Louie Bellson and The Big Band Explosion
       featuring Dee Dee Bellson


1989
?-7/22           Ray McKinley and His Orchestra
7/23-7/29     Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
7/30-8/5       The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Frank Foster
8/6-8/12       Myron Floren and His Orchestra
8/13-8/19     Les Brown and His Band of Renown
8/20-8/26     Lionel Hampton and His Big Band
8/27-9/2       The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Directed By Buddy Morrow
9/3-9/10       Louie Bellson and The Big Band Explosion
                      featuring Dee Dee Bellson



sources:
Dexter Jr., Dave.  "Big Bands By The Dozen At Disneyland," Billboard, 1980?.
---.  "10 Big Bands Are Booked For Disneyland Summer," Billboard, 1982?.
"Disneyland Goes Boom with Summer Music," Down Beat, June 3, 1965.
Lewis, Randy.  "Pop Beat: Big Band Series Ready to Roll," Los Angeles Times, June 21, 1985.
"Magical Melodies: Big Band Greats! [advertisement], 1989.
"Much Summer Music At Disneyland," Down Beat, June 20, 1963, p.14.


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