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As I flip back to the days when I was the Firechief and designated trombonist in the jazz band called the Firehouse Five Plus Two, it's difficult to deny that those 22 years were some of the most bizarre times of my life. Here we were, a bunch of artists, writers, and technicians who worked together for Walt Disney by day, turning out those wonderful animation films of the Golden Age and, on weekends, playing our raucous style of New Orleans jazz, all dressed up in red shirts, white suspenders, and genuine leather firehats. The roots of the band germinated in the early 1940's when some of us at the Disney Studio used to gather in my office at lunchtime to listen to my records of such jazz legends as King Oliver, Baby Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong



Jingle Bells

Featuring the music of Firehouse Five Plus Two
Duration: 3:17

The Firehouse Five Plus Two take a break from their day jobs at Walt Disney Studios to indulge their passion for Dixieland jazz in this amusing short film.

Article: Album Review

Firehouse Five Plus Two: Twenty Years Later

Read "Twenty Years Later" reviewed by AAJ Staff

One look at the cover will lead most people to say “You've got to be kidding. And you'd be right - sort of. There are many reasons to think the Firehouse Five are not worthy of your attention. They were amateur musicians, most of whom worked for Walt Disney. (Two members, Ward Kimball and Frank Thomas, ...


Goes to A Fire

Label: Ayler Records
Released: 1964


At Disneyland

Label: Ayler Records
Released: 1962


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