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(Neb)-Glenn Miller Orchestra Tonight At CSC  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/16/2017 10:26 AM
CHADRON - One of the best-known groups from the Big Band Era, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, performs tonight at 7:00 Chadron State College as part of the Galaxy series.

     The present-day incarnation of the ensemble formed by the legendary band leader back in the 1930s has played for sellout crowds in Scottsbluff in recent years and Melody Carnahan of the CSC Conferencing Office says there's been good interest for tonight's concert in Memorial Hall

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Carnahan says there will be tickets available at the door.

      Glenn Miller was born in Iowa, spent part of his childhood in the North Platte area, graduated from high school in Fort Morgan, Colo, and briefly attended the University of Colorado. Nebraska Highway 97 between North Platte and Tryon is the Glenn Miller Memorial Highway.

     He was one of the best-known and best-paid performers in America and too old to enlist for WWII when in 1942 he convinced the Army Air Force to commission him as an officer and let him form a band similar to his civilian orchestra.

      He took it to England in 1944 and gave over 800 performances in about 6 months before disappearing when his plane went down over the English Channel on a flight from London to Paris to set up more concerts for the troops on the European mainland.

      After the war, the Miller family authorized an official "ghost band" in 1946 to continue his music and legacy, then took advantage of renewed interest after a successful bio-pic starting Jimmy Stewart to incorporate the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956.

      The group coming to Chadron consists of music director and vocalist Nick Hilscher, 5 saxophones,  4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass and drums. Four of the members are leading master classes at Chadron State today.


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