Glenn Miller Orchestra set to play in Breck
BRECKENRIDGE – The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge for the second performance of the 2006 Blue River Series Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The group will perform popular selections including “Tuxedo Junction,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Little Brown Jug,” “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “The Nearness of You,” “Danny Boy,” “Moonlight Serenade” and more.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra originally formed in 1938 when the war was starting to take its toll on many of the big bands, as musicians and the rest of the country’s young men began receiving draft notices. On Oct. 7, 1942 Alton Glenn Miller reported for induction into the Army and was immediately assigned to the Army Specialist Corps. His appointment as a Captain came after many months of convincing the military higher-ups that he could modernize the army band and ultimately improve the morale of the men. His training complete, he was transferred into the Army Air Corps, where he ultimately organized the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. Miller’s goal of entertaining the fighting troops took another year to be realized, but in late 1943 he and the band were shipped out to England.There, in less than one year, the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band engaged in over 800 performances. There were more than 300 personal appearances including concerts and dances, with a gross attendance of over 600,000. But Miller would not be involved in the final six months of these activities.
In the fall of 1944, the band was scheduled to be sent on a six-week tour of Europe and stationed in Paris. Miller made the proper arrangements for the group’s arrival and on Dec. 15, Miller boarded a transport plane to Paris, never to be seen again. The Army officially declared him dead one year later.Due to popular demand, the Miller Estate authorized the formation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956. Since then the orchestra has continued its popularity and has been on the road longer and more continuously than any other big band. The entire Glenn Miller Orchestra repertoire now exceeds 1,700 compositions, which keeps the band popular with both the young and old.
Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 Wednesday and can be purchased by calling the Riverwalk Center box office at (970) 547-3100 or visiting http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.
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