Glenn Miller Orchestra

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Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glenn Miller Orchestra with Larry O'Brien (director).JPG
Glenn Miller Orchestra, 2009.
Background information
Genres Jazz, Big band
Years active 1937–1944
Members Nick Hilscher
Natalie Angst
Kevin Sheehan
Nigel Yancey
Jon Rees
Joel Linscheid
Ian O'Beirne
Ashley Hall
Robby Yarber
Shawn Williams
Jonathan McQuade
George Reinert III
John Tyler
Clayton Lucovich
Jason Bennett
James Navan
Holbrook Riles III
Seth Lewis
Past members Bobby Hackett
Dan Riley
Glenn Miller
Tex Beneke
Beat Kaestli
Ray McKinley
Al Klink
Maurice Purtill
Lenny Hambro
Eddie Durham
Johnny Best
Buddy DeFranco
Peanuts Hucko
Dick Lowenthal
Buddy Morrow
Jimmy Henderson
Dick Gerhart
Henry Mancini
Gary Tole
Clifford Shibly
Jack Sperling
Ray Eberle
Marion Hutton
Dale Orris
Nick Hilscher
Bill Barbour
Dave Ryan
Robbie Hioki
Doug Cook
Barry Springer
Bill Barrett
Mike Duva
Julia Rich (vocal)
Charlie Lee
Jeff Hughes
Roscoe Myers
Jimmy Priddy
Trigger Alpert
Willie Schwartz
Billy May
Wally Besser
Darrell Hendricks
Larry Newman
Steve Tracy McCallum

The Glenn Miller Orchestra was originally formed in 1938 by Glenn Miller. It was arranged around a clarinet and tenor saxophone playing melody, while three other saxophones played the harmony. Miller had already formed one band before this in 1936, but dissolved it as he considered it too similar to other bands of the era.

The new band became very popular and recorded a number of chart successes — among these were the ever-popular "Moonlight Serenade", "In the Mood", "Tuxedo Junction", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", and "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo."

After the disappearance (and presumed death) of Miller in 1944, the band was reconstituted under the direction of Tex Beneke, its lead tenor saxophonist, singer, and one of Miller's longtime close friends. A few years later, the Miller estate, having parted ways with Beneke, hired Ray McKinley, principal drummer in Miller's Army Air Force band, to organize a new "ghost band" in 1956.

Hollywood contributed to the band's popularity and that of its founder and original members with the 1953 release of The Glenn Miller Story on the big screen. The band garnered award nominations and box office success, as well as top hit status for its soundtrack album in 1954.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra continued to record and perform under various leaders starting in 1956 and is still touring today. Singer Nick Hilscher became the director of the touring band in 2012, replacing previous director Gary Tole.

Current members 2014[edit]

  • Nick Hilscher – Male Vocalist and Music Director
  • Natalie Angst – Female Vocalist
  • Kevin Sheehan – Lead Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Arranger
  • Eric Brink – 2nd Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
  • Cody Leavel – Tenor Sax 1, Clarinet, Flute
  • Nigel Yancey – Tenor Saxophone 2, Clarinet, Flute
  • Ian O'Beirne – Baritone Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Flute, Assistant Road Manager
  • Ashley Hall – Lead Trumpet, Road Manager
  • Robby Yarber – Split Lead Trumpet
  • Steve Morley – Jazz Trumpet
  • Joe Young IV – Trumpet
  • George Reinert III – Lead Trombone, Stage Manager
  • John Tyler – 2nd Trombone
  • Joseph Zeigenfus – 3rd Trombone
  • Jason Bennett – Bass Trombone, 4th Trombone, Music Copyist
  • James Navan – Piano
  • Dean Schweiger – Drums
  • Sean Muzzi – Bass
  • Moonlight Serenaders Vocal Group: Nick Hilscher, Ian O'Beirne, Joseph Zeigenfus, Kevin Sheehan, Natalie Angst

See also[edit]


In the popular television show 'Lost', in episode 13 of season 2 'The Long Con', the Glenn Miller orchestra is mentioned and heard on the radio after Sayid modified the short wave radio in an attempt to pick up a transmission from the outside world. It is unexplained as to when this particular radio show was being aired, as Hurley questions when in time the transmission had been broadcast.

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