Stan Freese

Tuba Soloist and Talent Casting & Booking Director with The Walt Disney Company

Stan Freese

Stan with Mickey Mouse

at Disney World

Stan Freese performing on the Great Wall of China

Freese plays "Clarinet Polka"

"Carnival of Venice" with The University of Minnesota Concert Band

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Stanford Freese (Stan Freese) is a world-renowned tuba soloist and Talent Casting & Booking Director with Disney Entertainment Productions (The Walt Disney Company).

Born in Minnesota, Stan Freese is now in his 43rd 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. Stan is also currently a music advisor consultant for the United States Army Bands. (2009-current)

“Mr. Freese in my book is a true hero of the tuba.” Mike Roylance, Principal Tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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 Freese is an entrepreneur. In many ways, he is responsible for developing the outstanding live entertainment programs at both Orlando and California Disney Parks. Stan Freeze has dedicated his life to music making, through tuba playing, engaging new audiences, and creating jobs for musicians. “ Deanna Swoboda

Freese performed with the Dukes of Dixieland Band, Elton John, See Haw, Barnum & Bailey Ringling Brothers Circus Band, Walt Disney World Band, the Lawrence Welk Show, Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band, and Dallas Brass.

-International Tuba Euphonium Association

Play that Country Tuba!

No one kisses like a tuba player! from the "Hee Haw" TV Series