“Tuesday marked the very first time that a Disney cruise ship visited Astoria,” Clatsop Cruise Host Larry Bryant observed. “Unlike other ships, that only give a blast on a single horn when they leave a dock, Disney ships play music on multiple horns.
“After enjoying a great day in Astoria with perfect weather, the Disney Wonder saluted the town by playing the opening phrase of ‘When You Wish Upon a Star.’ Returning the favor, members of the Astoria Tuba Quartet completed the famous Disney tune for the enjoyment of the passengers and crew aboard the ship.”
The tuba-dours of the day were Lee Stromquist, Bob Joiner, Brian Bergman and Greg Morrill, all members of the North Coast Symphonic Band. They also performed a few other Disney tunes, including the “Micky Mouse Song,” and “It’s a Small World.”
The short concert was arranged through the Clatsop Cruise Hosts and the Port of Astoria. “Larry Bryant approached us a couple of months ago,” Stromquist recalled. He knew it was important both to Bryant, and to the community, to have the Disney ship come, so the musicians agreed to appear.
“It was something new to do,” he added. “We had fun, and the weather cooperated.”