Musical, wild, enthusiastic
Frontierland (Walt Disney World)
Bear Country/Critter Country (Disneyland)
Westernland (Tokyo Disneyland)
Country Bear Hall (movie)
Singing, playing music, dancing, performing, hoedowns, celebrations, camping, wild and wooly fun
The Five Bear Rugs are the house band in the Disney theme park attraction .
They perform on a platform in the theater's main stage.
The members of the band include:
- Zeke, who plays the banjo while tapping a dishpan with his foot
- Zeb, who plays the fiddle
- Ted, who blows a corn jug and sometimes plays a washboard
- Fred, who plays a mouth harp (a harmonica)
- Tennessee, who plays "The Thing" (an upright bass with only one string and a tiny bird sitting on it)
Oscar, Zeb's son, sits quietly on the right-hand side of the band's platform, clutching and squeezing his teddy bear.
From 1972's Country Bear Jamboree record album:
The Five Bear Rugs began playing music together when they were in first grade. Fifteen years later they were still playing—in fourth grade! Zeke plays the banjo and wears glasses—he’s the only one who can read music. Fred plays the mouth harp and carries the tune (his wife says Fred is lazy, and a tune is the only thing he carries). Ted blows the white lightning jug, and Tennessee plays the one-stringed thing (he hopes one day to add more strings). Zeb plays fiddle, and Zeb’s son Oscar accompanies his father on concert tours because Zeb’s wife works (she models fur coats—always the same one—at a nearby boutique).
- According to early concepts for the attraction, including concept art and an early Bear Band Serenade demo, Zeke was originally envisioned as a percussionist playing cymbals, drums and cowbells.
Bear Band Serenade Mineral King Demo
"Bear Band Serenade" Demo
- And Tennessee was initially going to be called Lemonade. The opening verse of the song, according to the aforementioned demo, would've been:
The bear band bears are ready
They're set to serenade
Zeke and Zeb and Ted and Fred
And a bear named Lemonade
But when the verse was changed to:
The bear band bears will play now
In the good ol' key of G
And a bear named Tennessee