Episode 039 – Jonathan Chang, Part 1


Jonathan ChangStories of the Magic, Episode 39




Interview Guest: Jonathan Chang




In this episode, we’re back to our regular format for part 1 of my interview with Jonathan Chang, a former member of the Magic Kingdom Korps. If you weren’t around Disneyland in the 1990s you may have never heard of this group (though if you’re familiar with FutureCorps at Epcot, you know the concept). I don’t hear this group talked about much, so I’m excited to get to share about them with you!

For some reason, there were some issues with the audio levels in this episode, so the volume is a bit irregular at times. I cleaned it up as much as I could, but it’s still not where I’d like it to be. Sorry about that!

In this episode Jonathan talks about…

  • What he did at Disneyland;
  • How he found out about the Magic Kingdom Korps and the auditions for it;
  • The instrument that made the Korps unique;
  • What a typical performance day was like;
  • Whether he had any favorite songs they performed;
  • How they managed rehearsal times;
  • Exposing new audiences to drum & bugle corps music;
  • How changes happening in the park affected the group;
  • The one song they tried and immediately pulled;
  • How the end of the Magic Kingdom Korps’ run came about;
  • The relationship between the Magic Kingdom Korps and the Trash Can Trio;
  • And if he’d given any thought to working at Disneyland before the opportunity to perform with the Korps arose.

By the way, I played Dean Gaschler’s intro at the beginning because he has a new book out! The book he mentioned when he was on the show, I Led the Parade: Main Street Memories is now available! You can get it on his website, DeanGaschler.com.



Find Jonathan and the Magic Kingdom Korps:

  • Facebook
  • YouTube (here are some videos for you to enjoy)


Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:


 Bring “Faith and the Magic Kingdom” to the World (Indiegogo Campaign)


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Music and voiceovers provided by Rick Moyer.

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