The Glenn Miller Orchestra comes to the WYO Theater – Sheridan Media


The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at the WYO Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 25.

According to a statement, Glenn Miller was one of the most successful dance bandleaders of the Swing era of the 1930s and 1940s. A series of hit records, the constant impact of radio shows and the power of attraction of theaters, hotels and the dance pavilion, built and sustained the momentum of popularity.

Miller disbanded his musical organization in 1942 at the height of its popularity to volunteer for the army. There he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. He went to Europe to entertain the military performing numerous live and radio shows. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off from Europe in a single-engine plane to precede his party to France, disappearing over the English Channel, never to be seen again. The army declared him officially dead a year later.

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 Miller’s disappearance, the reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra performed its first concert and has been on the road ever since. Since January 2012, vocalist Nick Hilscher has led the group.

Today, the 18-member ensemble continues to play many of Miller’s original arrangements from both the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. He also plays more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.

Tickets are $35 for adults and seniors, $22 for students and can be purchased here.

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