~ A Glenn Miller Introduction ~
A Band Leader Of Legends


TheMagnificent Music Of Glenn Miller
Who Could Forget The Great Sounds Of Glenn Miller
Glenn Millerís real name was, Alton Glenn Miller.  He was born on March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa. Glenn Miller, Passed away On December 15, 1944 leaving a legendary style of music never to be forgotten. He was one of the most popular big bands during the Big Band Era. His music became a symbol of a generation. 

Miller's band was one of the most popular and best-known dance bands of the "Swing Era." His music, a careful mixture of swing, jazz, and improvisation, gained the admiration and praise of audiences and critics alike. Glenn Miller and his orchestra's magnificent music will be always remembered by those who enjoy the beautiful sounds they produced.

Miller grew up in Clarinda, Iowa, with a solid mid-western family.
During Miller's early years, his family moved frequently to places such
as North Platte, Nebraska, and Grant City, Missouri. While in Grant
City, Miller milked cows to earn money to buy a trombone. After
graduating from high school, Miller attended classes for two years at
the University of Colorado. It was in college, that his interest in
music flourished. He continued to play the trombone and also worked with Boyd Senter's band in Denver. At that point, Miller's love for music
took over. He left the university and went to the west coast to try his
luck as a musician. 

Miller played for several small bands until he joined Ben Pollack's
orchestra in 1927. When Pollack's orchestra moved to New York, Miller
left the band to pursue the many opportunities that the city offered
including freelancing for other artists such as Red Nichols, Smith
Ballew, and the Dorsey Brothers. 

In 1934, Miller helped Ray Noble start an orchestra, which soon became popular through its radio broadcasts. By 1937, Miller's own popularity among big band circles enabled him to form an orchestra of his own, which eventually disbanded. In 1938, Miller put together a second band.  

Although he struggled through the first two years, Miller's imagination,
strong will, and determination kept "The Glenn Miller Orchestra" and
their aspirations alive. 

In March 1939, the band had its first important engagement to play at the famous Glen Island Casino in a New York suburb. A second engagement at Meadowbrook in New Jersey soon followed.

By mid-summer, the orchestra had achieved great popularity and demand through their radio broadcasts from both engagements.

Some of the orchestra's classics include "Chattanooga Choo Choo,"
"String of Pearls," and "Moonlight Serenade." The band was featured in two films, Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Orchestra Wives (1942). 

In October 1942, Miller disbanded his orchestra and joined the US Army Air Force with the rank of captain and assembled a quality dance band to perform for the troops. When the troops moved to England, Miller's band followed. On December 15, Miller got on a routine flight to Paris for a scheduled appearance for his band in that city. The plane never arrived. Miller's death was mourned by music lovers all over the world, and he was heralded as a hero worldwide. 

The movie The Glenn Miller Story was filmed in 1953 and starred James Stewart, as the great Glenn Miller, this film was as a tribute to Miller.