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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.
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. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections
arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.