You can catch the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Townsville at the Townsville Civic Centre on Tuesday, May 19 with 25 musicians, singers and dancers on stage in a brand new show.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra returns by popular demand for this concert spectacular to honour the year of the ANZAC Centenary. Featuring America's finest musicians together with the Moonlight Serenade Singers and The Broadway Swing Dancers, the concert will pay tribute to the spirit of ANZAC including a special feature of music and songs from the years of the Great War.
All the famous songs will be performed playing the original music arrangements for classics like Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String Of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and the greatest Miller hit of all time, In The Mood.
Major Glenn Miller served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 until his untimely death in 1944 when he was travelling to entertain US troops in France and his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. Glenn Miller recorded many memorable hits from the 1914 to 1918 period which the orchestra will perform in tribute to the ANZACS (My Buddy, Over There, Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, If You Were The Only Girl In The World and more).
"An evening of nostalgia…unforgettable music; an absolutely brilliant concert" - The Australian Stage
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You can catch the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Townsville on Saturday June 21 at the Townsville Civic Centre.
Glenn Miller formed his first band in 1936 but it didn’t work out because it sounded too similar to other big bands of the era. As Miller himself said, ”A band ought to have a sound of its own. It ought to have a personality” – and so it came to pass. In 1938 he formed the band that clicked, using a clarinet and a tenor saxophone to play the melody with three other saxophones providing the harmony.
The hits happened – Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, A String of Pearls, At Last, American Patrol, Little Brown Jug and (I’ve Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo.
Miller was on his way to entertain U.S. troops in France when the plane he was on went missing in bad weather over the English Channel in 1944. The music remained popular and was given a boost in 1953 with the release of the movie, The Glenn Miller Story starring Jimmy Stewart.
In 1956 a ‘ghost’ orchestra was formed, enlisting the best swing and jazz musicians of the day and that was the forerunner to the current line-up. The band has performed continuously since 1956, performing around 300 gigs a year. The timeless nature of the music is evident at any concert when you see the age range from Gen Y to Baby Boomers.
If you are travelling from out of town to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after your accommodation needs.