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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Disneyland Continues Changing Its Tune With Live Music at the Park

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

The Hook and Ladder Company drew their usual crowd on Sept. 18 in front of the Disneyland Fire Department. Donning old-timey firemen uniforms, the piano-drum-and-brass band entertained onlookers with Dixieland jazz, adding to the whimsical wonder of Main Street USA. Little did parkgoers know that it would be the musicians’ swan song.

Disney creatives have trended toward a drum-and-bugle-corps sound nowadays, giving the Hook and Ladder Company the shaft. With the beloved group founded by former members of the original Disneyland Band now gone, there’s an adage that comes to mind: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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