In the Mood with Glenn Miller’s Big Band at The Fred

Tue, 07/28/2009 - 4:20pm
By: The Citizen

The Fred will be swingin’ August 7 as the Glenn Miller legend lives on through the big band tunes of the 30’s and 40’s. “The hardest thing in the world is to start an orchestra and the next hardest, to stop it.” That bit of wisdom was uttered by Hans Richter more than a century ago, but he might very well have been speaking about the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, which appears in Peachtree City at The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater.

The first orchestra Glenn Miller formed didn’t make it at all. It was a total and absolute failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band in March of 1938, and unlike the first band, it became an enormous success.

The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts, and the drawing power at theaters, hotels and dance pavilions built and sustained the momentum of popularity.

Glenn disbanded his musical organization in 1942, at the height of its popularity, volunteered for the Army and then organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. It went to Europe to entertain servicemen, and then on December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single-engine plane to precede his band to France and was never seen again. The Army declared him officially dead a year later.

Now, over sixty years since the public first embraced the successful Miller Sound, both the legend and the music live on. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most sought after Big Band in the world today. Still considered the greatest band of all time, its unique sound is loved by almost anybody that loves dance music.

The 19-member band continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements including In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and Tuxedo Junction. The band has been touring consistently since 1956 and plays over 300 live dates a year around the globe to millions of fans.
Tickets may be purchased at The Fred Box Office Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Reserved seating is $20 and a discounted Senior/ Student price of $15 is also available. For further information call 770-631-0630 or visit the web site at

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