Glenn Miller launched his band – the one that lives on today – in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a “hit” ever since.
The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, constant broadcasts on the radio, and frequencing of theatres, hotels and dance pavilions, built and sustained his popularity
At the height of his fame in 1942, Glenn volunteered for the Army. There, he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band to entertain servicemen across Europe, performing numerous live and radio shows. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single engine plane to precede his band to France, disappearing over the English Channel, never to be seen again. The army declared him officially dead a year later.
With the release of the major motion movie The Glenn Miller Story, featuring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson in 1954, interest and popular demand led the Miller Estate to authorize the formation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra. On June 6, 1956, and under the direction of drummer Ray McKinley who had become the unofficial leader of the Army Air Force Band after Glenn’s disappearance, the reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra performed its first concert and has been on the road ever since.
Other leaders have followed Ray including clarinetists Buddy DeFranco and Peanuts Hucko, trombonists Buddy Morrow, Jimmy Henderson, Larry O’Brien and Gary Tole, and tenor saxophonist Dick Gerhart. Since January 2012, vocalist Nick Hilscher leads the band.
Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries, like “Moonlight Serenade,” “Little Brown Jug” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.
Just as it was in Glenn’s day, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today is still the most sought after Big Band in the world.
“During the 1930s and ’40s, Glenn Miller was among the most popular of the big band leaders and his band’s hits such as In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade and Chattanooga Choo-Choo still evoke the sound and feel of the classic swing era for audiences.” – The Canberra Times
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