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Parachute Express
Genres Children's music: pop, rock, funk, bluegrass, R&B, doo-wop, folk, comedy
Years active 1984-2011
Labels Disney Records
Trio Lane Records
Members Donald "Donny" Becker
Janice Hubbard
Stephen Michael Schwartz
Past members Rick Cunha

Parachute Express were a band of three California-based entertainers who performed, wrote, and produced music for children. Members were Stephen Michael Schwartz, Janice Hubbard, and Donny Becker. Parachute Express gained national prominence as recording artists for Gymboree Play & Music, Walt Disney Records, and Trio Lane Records. They sang the theme song to the popular television series Jay Jay the Jet Plane and have been seen on TV shows Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. Rocks and Disney's Kaleidoscope Concerts. Their music was featured in over 550 Gymboree franchises throughout the world, as well as in preschools, daycare centers, and diverse informal education programs. Parachute Express created a total of twelve albums.



  • Shakin' It! (1984)
  • Sunny Side Up (1992)
  • Feel the Music (1991)
  • Circle of Friends (1991)
  • Over Easy (1992)
  • Happy to Be Here (1991)
  • Friends, Forever Friends (1998)
  • Dr. Looney's Remedy (1998)
  • Who's Got A Hug? (1998)
  • Don't Blink (2005)

Song collections

  • Gymbo's Play and Pretend Favorites (2007)
  • It's a Gymboree Party! (2007)


  • Dr. Looney's Remedy (1995; The music video of this song is most notable for being on the previews of the VHS version of the 1995 film, A Goofy Movie.)
  • The Coming of December (2005)

Tracks in compilations

  • Disney's Music Box: Disney's Spotlight (1992): Smooth Movin' Boogie Express
  • The Man Who Ran Away with the Moon (1992): Smooth Movin' Boogie Express
  • Pocahontas: The Enchanted Songs (1995)
  • Exercise Party: Stretchin' and Jumpin' Songs for Young Children (2003): Can You Show Us; Reach Up High
  • Hear and Gone in 60 Seconds: One Minute Songs by an Awesome Array of Award Winning Artists (2003): Alphabet Soup
  • Jay Jay the Jet Plane: 24 Fun and Inspirational Stories for Kids (2003): Jay Jay the Jet Plane theme song
  • Jay Jay the Jet Plane: 12 Fun and Inspirational Stories for Kids (2004): Jay Jay the Jet Plane theme song
  • Songs for Little Boys: Trains, Cowboys, Pirates and More! (2004): I Like Trucks
  • Songs for Little Princesses: Ballerinas, Best Friends, Dressing Up and More! (2004): Polka Dots, Checks and Stripes; Dress Up Queen
  • Dance Party: Movin' and Groovin' Songs for Young Children (2006): Don't Blink; Dance, Puppet, Dance
  • Favorite Lullabies: 15 Gentle Songs to Ease Your Baby to Sleep (2006): Good Night Moon
  • Classic Animal Songs (2007): Me and My Dog
  • Kindergarten Prep: Songs to Get Your Child Ready to Learn (2008): Tie a bow; Red Means Stop


  • 1989 - Live In Concert (Gymboree)
  • 1995 - Come Sing With Us! (Disney)


  • 1991 Parent's Choice for Feel the Music
  • 1995 - Parents Choice Video Award for Come Sing With Us!
  • 1995 - International Monitor Award in the category Best Electronic Effects for Come Sing With Us!
  • 1998 - National Association of Parenting Publications of America (NAPPA) Gold Award for Doctor Looney's Remedy
  • 1999 - Best Group Award by the American Academy of Children's Entertainment
  • 1999 - Indie Award in the category Best Children's Album
  • 2005 - Creative Child Magazine's Toy of the Year Award for Don't Blink
  • 2005 - NAPPA Gold Award for Don't Blink
  • 2005 - Parents Choice Gold Award for Don't Blink
  • 2008 - NAPPA Gold Award for It's a Gymboree Party
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