Paul Collins of the JAMMitors

by MouseStation Crew, staff writer

MouseStation 251 - Paul Collins of the JAMMitors

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Featured topic: Paul Collins of the JAMMitors

In this week's feature, Mark interviewed Paul Collins of the JAMMitors. Paul is an original member of the group, playing with them continuously since their formation in 1996 except for a couple of stints helping to launch similar groups in Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, including training the first all-Asian JAMMitor group.

Paul Collins is the lead JAMMitor for the main (five-day) cast. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

The JAMMitors perform in the Innoventions breezeways, usually in pairs of 6-7 minute shows starting 10 minutes apart, featuring music and comedy. The performers generally have drum & bugle corps experience, and the show features silly humor and guest interaction. They created a new show for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this year after adding a show for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival about 3-4 years ago.

The JAMMitors introduced a new show this year for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

In the new show, the "Epcot JAMMin' Chefs" play a wide … er … range of kitchen equipment. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

They've added a few different shows over the years, most recently "the gong show," which was added when they were performing for a while in front of Mission: Space.

The JAMMitors have their origin with the Trashcan Trio at Disneyland Park, when Walt Disney World wanted to form their own group. Danny Raymond, Jr. was playing with the Hollywood Hit Men at the (then) Disney-MGM Studios, Paul was playing with the Caledonia Bagpipe Trio at Epcot's Canada pavilion, and Anthony Parrulli (now with Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando) was added and the JAMMitors were born.

A show for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival was introduced a few years ago (this photo is from 2004). Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Paul first got involved with Disney through the Disney All-American College Marching Band in the summer of 1979, then worked at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA for two seasons before returning to Walt Disney World and becoming a member of the Future Corps (from 1982-1990), then joining the Caledonia Bagpipe Trio for five years or so.

"The Gong Show" is relatively new, as well. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

There are now two JAMMitors groups, the main group (led by Paul) that performs five days a week and a two-day group (led by original JAMMitor Danny Raymond, Jr.), with several subs, for a total of about 15 drummers. Drummers are actually cast to perform left-side, right-side and center (lead) positions.

Paul cooks up a new rhythm with the Epcot JAMMin' Chefs. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

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She really enjoyed the show with Mark and The Kid discussing their trip because it sounded like we had so much fun doing it.

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