The big band sound from the 1940s returns to the Egyptian Theatre as the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra takes to the stage this Saturday, May 4 at 2 pm.
The first Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1937 and failed financially. Glenn Miller launched his second band in March of1938 and it became a sensation, with multiple hits and huge box office sales. In 1941, the Glenn Miller Orchestra had more hit records in one year, including A String of Pearls, than anybody in the history of the recording industry at that time. In addition, Glenn Miller’s Chattanooga Choo Choo received the first Gold Record ever to be awarded, with over 1 million copies sold.
In 1942 during World War II, Miller volunteered for the Army and disbanded his musical organization. On December 15, 1944, now Major Miller took off in a single engine plane from England – against his better judgment – to precede his band to France and was never seen again. The army officially declared him dead one year later.
Based on popular demand, the Miller Estate authorized the formation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956. Nick Hilscher is the current music director and male vocalist for the orchestra; Eileen Burns is the featured female vocalist. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is a fully self-contained group consisting of the music director, two vocalists, five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four trombonists, and three rhythm musicians (piano, bass and drums). As the vocalists, Hilscher and Burns perform individually and as part of The Moonlight SerenadersÒ vocal group.
Today the Glenn Miller Orchestra travels over 100,000 miles each year, playing nearly 300 dates and entertaining more than 500,000 people annually. The orchestra has performed in all 50 United States, as well as throughout Europe, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Guam, the Philippines, South and Central America. The orchestra has also toured Japan annually for 45 years. Read more →