Disney at the Movies





The sixth medley in the concert is entitled Disney at the Movies. It includes fourteen songs from ten of Disney’s animated features, from 1945 through 1995. The arrangement was written by John Higgins (see below) in 1996.


Since the advent of sound in film in the 1920s, no production studio has made better use of songs than the Disney studios. They have won the most Academy Awards (16) for best original song. The songs in this medley (not all Oscar winners) are in chronological order.


Below is a list of the songs in this medley, along with the name of the film in which it debuted and the year:

1. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South, 1945)

2. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Cinderella, 1948)

3. Never Smile at a Crocodile (Peter Pan, 1952)

4. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins, 1963)

5. The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book, 1964)

6. Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid, 1988)

7. Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)

8. Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)

9. A Friend Like Me (Aladdin, 1992)

10. A Whole New World (Aladdin, 1992)

11. This Land (The Lion King, 1994)

12. The Circle of Life (The Lion King, 1994)

13. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (The Lion King, 1994)

14. Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas, 1995)





Arranger John Higgins is Managing Producer/Editor for Hal Leonard Corporation, the nation's largest publisher of printed music. He began in the music field as the student arranger for the University of Michigan Band under Dr. William D. Revelli, and gained invaluable experience as a public school music teacher in suburban Chicago. John served as Illinois president of the American String Teachers Association, and his school concerts featured renowned soloists and conductors such as Skitch Henderson, Charlie Byrd, and Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops. A co-author of the Essential Elements series of methods, John is best known for his many compositions and arrangements for choirs, bands and orchestras. As a composer of children's songs, he has collaborated with notables like John Jacobson, Roger Emerson and Emily Crocker on musicals such as How Does Your Garden Grow? and A Storybook Christmas.


John has also arranged and produced a large catalog of children's music, including The Runaway Snowman, Peace Child, and Leslie Bricusse's Scrooge. His recording production for McGraw-Hill's Share The Music textbook series included music from Sesame Street, Disney films and a special project with the late Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. In two recent series of Broadway shows for young performers, John arranged and produced new versions of Annie, Guys & Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and The Music Man. His two Grammy award-winning projects include arranging on Sandi Patti's Another Time, Another Place (Best Pop Gospel Album) and co-producing on Rob McConnell's Live in Digital (Best Big Band Jazz Album). He recently orchestrated and conducted the music for the stage premiere of Willy Wonka at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. John served as president of Jenson Publications before it became a part of the Hal Leonard Corporation. In addition to his writing and producing activities, he maintains a role in music education as a guest conductor, clinician and author.


The music for Disney at the Movies was provided for the band by Rose Clark.