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Glenn Miller Orchestra’s Christmas Show Brings Holiday Spirit to Campus

November 24, 2015

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Swingin' Sounds on Campus: The Glenn Miller Orchestra brings its timeless big band sound to Hatfield Hall Theater on Dec. 4 for two shows of classic favorites and songs of the season.

Swing into the season with toe-tapping renditions of your favorite holiday tunes when the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings its popular Christmas show to the Hatfield Hall Theater on December 4.

For nearly 60 years, this renowned group has been taking its classic sound to audiences around the globe, while paying homage to its founder, legendary Glenn Miller. Miller was one of the most successful band leaders in the big band swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. His orchestra’s signature sound was beloved by millions, and produced several hit records, filled radio waves, and drew substantial crowds for live performances.

Miller disbanded the group at the height of its popularity in 1942 in order to volunteer for the Army, when he created and led the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. The group boosted morale and entertained troops across Europe in live and radio performances until Miller’s airplane went missing over the English Channel on December 15, 1944.

In 1954, Miller’s estate authorized the formation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra, due to popular demand, and the reassembled band performed its first concert on June 6, 1956. It has been delighting audiences ever since.

Today, the 18-member ensemble continues to perform many of the original Miller arrangements. Additionally, it also plays some modern selections in the classic Miller style. The orchestra has performed in all 50 states, as well as throughout Europe, Australia, South and Central America -- playing nearly 300 shows each year.

Second Show Added Due to Demand for Legendary Big Band

The group’s popularity locally has had Hatfield Hall adding a 5:30 p.m. show, after a 7:30 p.m. performance quickly sold out. Tickets are going fast for the early show as well, according to Dan Tryon, Hatfield Hall’s director of performing arts.

"The Glenn Miller Orchestra is timeless. That classic sound, featuring songs of the season, is sure to get people in the holiday spirit," Tryon says. "And, now with the added 5:30 p.m. show, folks will have plenty of time to catch this legendary group before going downtown for the Miracle on 7th Street event."

The show is part of Rose-Hulman's Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youths, and are available online, by phone at 812-877-8544, or at the Hatfield Hall ticket desk on Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and two hours before the show. Tickets and complete show information are also available at HatfieldHall.com.