Glenn Miller Orchestra

By SCOTT VIAU

sviau@mininggazette.com

CALUMET – While it’s been a few years since they last played The Calumet Theatre, The Glenn Miller Orchestra will be making a return trip this Tuesday.

According to Calumet Theatre Technical Director Jay Maki, the last time the Glenn Miller Orchestra played they were well received.

“We’re trying to hit that genre again for the people who like that kind of (big band) music.”

Maki said one of the reasons he thinks people like that music is because of the memories it invokes.

“I think it’s just that whole feeling of the big band era,” Maki said. “People are looking for the nostalgia of it.”

The original Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1937 but was a not a financial hit. In 1938, Glenn Miller launched his second band and became a huge a success, resulting in multiple hit records and huge box office sales.

However, in 1942 Miller volunteered for the Army where he organized the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. But in 1944, Miller took off in a single engine plane and was never seen or heard from again. He was officially declared dead a year later.

In 1956 the Miller Estate authorized the reformation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra due to popular demand and has been playing ever since.

The current lead vocalist for the band is Nick Hilscher.

“He’s leading it,” Maki said. “There will be 18 members playing a lot of original Glenn Miller arrangements.”

The Glenn Miller Orchestra will be performing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at The Calumet Theatre. Tickets for the event cost $22.