WOLFEBORO — The Great Waters Music Festival will welcome The Glenn Miller Orchestra to Wolfeboro when they appear at The Kingswood Arts Center Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. Great Waters will be honoring all World War II veterans with two free tickets to this performance.
Glenn Miller disappeared on Dec. 15, 1944. The bandleader went down over the English Channel on a flight from London to Paris at the height of his popularity. In September 1942, just prior to going into the army, he had disbanded his famous orchestra and eventually formed the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band to entertain the servicemen.
Not long before he enlisted, he nosed-out Tommy Dorsey, the "Best Sweet Band" in the Downbeat poll. His recordings of In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and Tuxedo Junction were all major hit records. Miller played to sell out crowds, and his music constantly dominated the airways.
On Dec. 15, Miller took off in an ancient, single engine plane to precede his band to Paris. The weather was foreboding. Not very confident, he said to the pilot, "Maybe we out to call this off?" The flight officer ribbed him about his fear of flying, "Do you want to live forever?"
Now, over 60 years since the public first embraced the successful Miller Sound, both the legend and the music live on. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most sought after big band in the world today for both concert and dance engagements.
The Miller Estate formed the present Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956 following strong popular demand aroused as a result of the successful motion picture, "The Glenn Miller Story," starring James Stewart and June Allyson. The band has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year around the globe to millions of fans.
The performance is sponsored by Fidelity Investments and Steve and Carol Bush of Maxfield Real Estate.
The Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Thanks to all who have contributed to this organization, it is able to provide high quality musical performances at reasonable prices. Information and tickets for all performances are available at the office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by calling 603-569-7710, or online at www.greatwaters.org. Ticket prices for this performance are $55, $40, $30 and $20.
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