Cumberland County Playhouse Glenn Miller Orchestra

Cumberland County Playhouse Glenn Miller Orchestra

The GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA, sponsored by BB&T/Legge Insurance swings into the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, TN on May 30th at 8:00 PM CST.

GLENN MILLER disappeared on December 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 airwaves.

Now, over sixty 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. Still considered the greatest band of all time, its unique sound is loved by almost anybody that cares for dance music.

The Miller Estate formed the present GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA in 1956 following strong popular demand aroused as a result of the successful motion picture, an immense box office smash – 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.

Larry O’Brien became the leader of the GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA on November 25, 1988. It is the second time that Larry had held this position; the first time being from June 1981 through September 1983 when he was called away by other commitments. O’Brien has his own ideas about how to keep the Miller style and sound fresh. “I’m a traditionalist, but we’re not nit – picking Miller. We’ve instituted some changes we think Glenn probably would have instituted himself were he still here such as retaining voicing of Danny Boy as a brass chorale, but replacing the trumpets with flugelhorns and having the trombones play in hat.”

That the Miller sound still lives on is no surprise to O’Brien. “It seems that good things just don’t ever die. Rather, they age gracefully and mellow with years. If anything, I honestly think the authentic Glenn Miller music today is more popular with more people than ever before.”

Tickets can be purchased from the Playhouse Box Office at (931) 484 – 5000. Visit the Playhouse online at to view the full season schedule and additional information.
Posted 5.15.08

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