USAF Band of Flight presents Glenn Miller Tribute at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
By Sarah Swan, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
/ Published May 03, 2007
DAYTON, Ohio --
The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight's Night Flight Jazz Ensemble will celebrate the music of Maj. Alton Glenn Miller during a special outdoor concert at 6 p.m. on May 19 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
The performance will take place outside the museum's Modern Flight Gallery, and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For additional information, call (937) 255-8046, ext. 495.
The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight Night Flight Jazz Ensemble is one of 13 active duty Air Force jazz bands in existence today. As a direct descendant of the original Glenn Miller Army Air Corps Band, the Night Flight Jazz Ensemble continues to preserve the "Glenn Miller sound," a permanent fixture of America's national musical heritage. This highly acclaimed ensemble performs a diverse and exciting program consisting of swing music of the "Big Band" era, jazz, Latin and funk compositions from contemporary big bands and original music written music by members of the band.
Alton Glenn Miller got his musical start when his father brought home a mandolin, which Miller quickly traded for an old battered horn. On Oct. 7, 1942, he joined the Army and soon transferred into the Army Air Corps, where he organized the Major Glenn Miller Army Air Forces Band. In less than a year, the band engaged in more than 800 performances, 500 of which were broadcasts heard by millions. Since then, countless people have enjoyed the sound and personality of Glenn Miller's music.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).
NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force at (937) 255-8046, ext. 495.
NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 333.
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