Details for March 22 Concert Glenn Miller Orchestra - Tillamook

Monday Musical Club of Tillamook

The Glenn Miller

March 22, 2020 • 2 p.m

18 and Under


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, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the
drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilion, built and sustained the
momentum of popularity. Glenn disbanded his musical organization in 1942 at the
height of its popularity to volunteer for the Army. There, he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller
Army Air Force Band. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single engine plane from Europe
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. 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. 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.

Don Whitney Auditorium, Tillamook High School, 2605 12th Street

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