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The 'Glenn Miller Orchestra' back to JAX by popular demand

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If you recall, The Glenn Miller Orchestra was in JAX in 2012 and 2013, and now the renowned group returns. The orchestra will appear at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus (11901 Beach Blvd.) on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:30PM for one performance only!

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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought-after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, The Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

Nick Hilscher, the orchestra’s music director and vocalist, creates an atmosphere of richness as the band remains devoted to the Miller sound, interpreting such standards as “String of Pearls,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Little Brown Jug,” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000.” Also joining The Glenn Miller Orchestra is female vocalist, Julia Rich.

“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality." – Glenn Miller

About the original band: Glenn Miller played and recorded with the likes of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey (who on several of their records, featured an up-and-coming singer by the name of Bing Crosby), Gene Krupa, Eddie Condon and Coleman Hawkins. In addition, during that time, Glenn cut 18 sides for Goodman, and also worked for radio studio conductors like Victor Young, Carl Fenton and Jacques Renard. In 1934, Miller became the musical director of the Dorsey Band, and later went on to organize The Ray Noble Orchestra. In April 1935, Glenn Miller recorded, for the first time, under his own name. Using six horns, a rhythm section and a string quartet, he recorded “Moonlight on the Ganges” and “A Blues Serenade” for Columbia. But selling only a few hundred records, he continued his position with the Noble Orchestra. A few years later, Glenn Miller stepped out to form his own band. There were a few recordings, but it was not to be. Broke, depressed and having no idea what he was going to do, he returned to New York City.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
DATE: Wed. February 5, 2014
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION
: Wilson Center for the Arts:
      Florida State College at JAX So. Campus
      11901 Beach Blvd.
      Jacksonville, FL 32099

TICKETS: are $38.50 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org. Parking is always free at the Wilson Center. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu.

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