The Glenn Miller Orchestra plays at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus, for a single night of musical bliss on Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 7:30PM. The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought-after big-band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time.
What Glenn Miller felt as he and his band went out on the road in 1938 still holds true, which is why the famous Glenn Miller Orchestra lives on today! Formed by popular demand in 1956, the band has been touring consistently, playing an average of 300 live dates a year around the globe to millions of fans. Led by musical director Nick Hilscher, the band remains devoted to the Miller sound, interpreting such standards as “String of Pearls,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Little Brown Jug,” and of course “Pennsylvania 6-5000.”
“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” – Glenn Miller
In his book “Glenn Miller & His Orchestra”, George Simon wrote this about the man: “His pet hates were bad swing, early-morning telephone calls (he liked to sleep from 4 a.m. to noon), and the phrase ‘goodbye now’”. His favorite quotation, one he stated was not from the Bible nor from Runyon, but from Duke Ellington:“It Don’t Mean a Thing If it Ain’t Got that Swing!”
It is said that Miller could never remember precisely the moment he decided to emphasize his new reed section sound. But it was during this disheartening interim, that he realized the unique sound — produced by the clarinet holding the melodic line while the tenor sax plays the same note, and supported harmonically by three other saxophones — just might be the individual and easily recognizable style that would set his band apart from all the rest.
For Glenn Miller’s full biography and for the current cast of The Glenn Miller Orchestra, visit The Glenn Miller Orchestra website.
THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
Date: Thurs, April 5, 2012
LOCATION:WilsonCenter for the Arts:
Florida State College at JAX So. Campus
11901 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32246
TICKETS: (Vary) Tickets start at $38.50. Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 632-3228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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