Just as it was in Glenn Miller’s day, his orchestra today is still the most sought-after big band in the world—and it’s coming to Mount Dora.
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is scheduled to perform at 2:30pm Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Mount Dora Community Building Theater, 520 N. Baker St. Tickets can be purchased at getoffthebusconcerts.com, mountdoralive.com, or by calling the box office at 352.383.2156. This show is in support of Mount Dora Patrons of the Community Building, a news release states.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra has a long history. Though his first band failed, Glenn launched his second band—the one that lives on today—in 1938, and it’s been a hit ever since.
Glenn was one of the most successful bandleaders in the Swing Era of the 1930s and ’40s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts, and the drawing power at theaters, hotels, and dance pavilions built and sustained the momentum of popularity, the release states.
He disbanded his musical organization in 1942 at the height of its popularity to volunteer for the Army, where he organized the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. The group went to Europe to entertain servicemen, performing numerous live shows and radio shows. On Dec. 15, 1944, Glenn took off in a single-engine plane to precede his band to France and the plane disappeared over the English Channel, never to be seen again.
After the 1954 release of the film “The Glenn Miller Story,” starring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson, popular demand led to the formation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra, which has been touring since 1956.
Since 2012, vocalist Nick Hilscher has led the 18-member ensemble, which plays many of the original Glenn Miller arrangements. Additionally, the orchestra plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound, the release states.