Disneyland (CA) Band to Hold Auditions in Miami

Disneyland Resort Auditions
Audition City: Cutler Bay, FL
Location: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
Date: Monday, April 27, 2015 starting at 10:00 AM
Disney Parks Talent Casting is seeking experienced musicians with expressive and outgoing personalities to perform in the Disneyland Band at the Disneyland Resort® in Anaheim, CA. This high energy, comedic atmospheric experience will involve exciting theatrical staging and movement, some of which may be taught during the audition process. These performances will demand a passion for seeking out guest interaction, bringing fantasy and fun to each Guest.

We will be auditioning for the following:

• Candidates should prepare 16-32 bars of two selections of their choice that showcases their skills on their instrument.
• Please bring your own instruments for all except drums, a drum kit will be provided.
• This audition will be judged based upon both musical ability and showmanship.
• Sight reading and improv skills are a plus.
• Please bring a headshot and resume.
• Must be at least 18 years of age to audition.
• Rehearsals to begin in June.

Potential callbacks on Tuesday, April 27, 2015.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211th Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

9:30am - 10:00am. Late applicants will not be accepted.

Musicians employed by the Disneyland Resort® are covered under the terms and conditions of a collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of Musicians Local 7, Orange County.
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MEMORANDUM FROM: Orange County Musicians’ Association, Local 7, AFM

TO: Musicians auditioning for the Disneyland Band

After 59 years of continuous service, the Disneyland Band was given an “end of run” notice on March 31, 2015 and was told that auditions for a new Disneyland Band would commence April 15; Local 7 was informed the same day. While this does present an opportunity for employment, musicians auditioning for this job need to be aware.

Employee Musicians at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure work under a Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) between Disneyland Resort and Local 7. That CBA specifies, “The Employer will use its best efforts to inform an employee at the time of hire of his work status (i.e., Regular Full-Time, Casual Regular, etc.), and in all cases shall so inform the employee at the end of rehearsals and prior to the first day of performance [emphasis added].”
Benefits depend on work status. For example, the employer-offered health insurance benefit requires an average at least 30 hours of service per week. A musician may or may not work 30 hours a week. The Disneyland Band has historically been a full-time job, with benefits; that is not the case with some bands hired more recently.

In one band working under the CBA, there have been seven musicians employed for each position in the band. That band is usually scheduled to work ten to fourteen 7-hour shifts per week, depending on the season. Typically, musicians in that band are assigned between one and three shifts per week. The effect of this schedule is that the majority of these musicians do not qualify for the health insurance benefit; the few that do qualify, work in multiple bands in the resort. This appears to be a trend.

Particularly if you do not live in Southern California, verify what the deal is before making life-changing decisions. If you don’t, it could be possible to audition, be hired, move to Southern California, rehearse for several weeks and, “at the end of rehearsals,” be informed that your “work status” is part-time—you might be a substitute with no assigned shifts.

Hopefully, Disney will not allow this sort of confusion—but be aware.


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