Glenn Disney (b. 1975) was born and raised in Sacramento, California, and has been composing, arranging and performing music for over 25 years. He has written works for band, orchestra, and marching band, as well as for a wide variety of solo instruments, voice and instrumental chamber ensembles. His works have been performed by various students, ensembles, and faculty at Sacramento State and around the Sacramento area.
Glenn began his musical studies at age 10 on piano, and later began learning string bass while in his junior high school orchestra. He began composing music while in high school. After graduating high school in 1993, Glenn began his musical studies at Sacramento State. He received his Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from Sacramento State in 1999 and his Master of Music in Composition in 2012, having studied under Professor Leo Eylar. Glenn has worked full time for the School of Music as its Events Manager since 1999. He is also the webmaster for the School of Music and for Runaway Stage Productions.
Glenn's composition "Duality" for violin and cello was co-winner of the 2008 Festival of New American Music Student Composers Competition at Sacramento State. Prior to that, "Bouncy Ball" for solo clarinet was the winning composition of the same competition in 2007. "Frenetical" for solo flute, was released on the CD "Inflorescence IV - Music for Solo Flute" in 2009, performed by Laurel Zucker on Cantilena Records. Glenn arranged the wind/brass charts for the Sacramento State Marching Band pre-game and half-time showsfrom 2010-2016. He has also arranged short works for the Mandarins Entertainment since the fall of 2014, that have been performed at Sacramento Kings NBA games.
In addition to composing music, Glenn has been a performing musician throughout the years, primarily on string bass and electric bass. He has played with Sacramento State's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band (trumpet and mellophone) and Jazz Ensemble, and with Runaway Stage Productions (RSP), Green Valley Theatre, and the Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento, in addition to numerous other Sacramento area organizations. In the summer of 2009 Glenn finished the last four and half months of California Musical Theater's run of Forever Plaid at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret.
Glenn made his conducting debut with the Runaway Stage Productions production of Meet Me In St. Louis in November 2009, and continued by directing the pit orchestras for The Wiz in November 2010, 9 to 5 in January 2013, The Producers in June 2014, The Addams Family in January 2015, Catch Me If You Can in June 2015, Big Fish in January 2016, and All Shook Up in June 2016. A history of the shows Glenn has played string and/or electric bass for is below.