Celebrate 'An Evening with Glenn Miller' at the museum
By Sarah Parke , National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
/ Published September 21, 2006
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 concert, "An Evening with Glenn Miller," on May 20 at 6 p.m. 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 showcases the "big band" style of American music. The ensemble is one of 14 active duty Air Force jazz bands. A descendent of the Glenn Miller Army Air Corps Band, the Night Flight jazz ensemble continues to preserve the "Glenn Miller sound." The ensemble performs a diverse program consisting of swing music from the big band era, jazz, Latin and funk compositions from contemporary big bands, and original music written by band members.
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 MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 332.