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8/21/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to DeWitt Sept. 25
The legend lives on - and so does the sound of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

The big band sound made famous by the late Glenn Miller makes a return visit to the Central Performing Arts Center (CPAC) at Central Community High School, in DeWitt, Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with this concert, CPAC will offer a dinner at 6 p.m. in the atrium, catered by Matthiesen's Catering. Combination dinner/performance tickets may be purchased until Sept. 15 and are limited to 200.

The menu includes roast beef with homemade gravy, cheesy chicken bake, buttery new potatoes, green beans with bacon, grape salad, 7-layer salad, roll and butter, chef's choice dessert, coffee, tea and lemonade.

Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s.

In 1941, Miller and his orchestra had more hit records in one year - including A String of Pearls, In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Tuxedo Junction - than anyone in the history of the recording industry. Miller regularly played to sell-out crowds, and his music dominated the airwaves. The theme song of Glenn Miller and His Orchestra was the beautiful Moonlight Serenade, which still is the signature tune of the orchestra today.

At the height of popularity, however, Miller disbanded his musical organization and volunteered for the Army, where he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band.

The musicians traveled to Europe to entertain the troops. Major Glenn Miller took off from England Dec. 15, 1944, in an ancient, single-engine plane to precede his band to France. He never was seen again. The army declared him dead a year later.

In 1956, Miller's estate authorized the formation of the orchestra.

The orchestra brings its big band sound to DeWitt by popular demand. Its last performance in DeWitt was a near-sell-out. As the result of a schedule of "one-night stands," the band travels over 100,000 miles a year, playing nearly 300 dates.

"The orchestra has proven staying power, and its popularity never has seemed to wane," the promoter says. "Indeed the Glenn Miller Orchestra still is the most sought-after big band in the world - just as it was in Glenn's day."

Tickets for the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra concert Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. as well as combination dinner/performance tickets are on sale online at and locally at DeWitt City Hall, 510 Ninth St.

All seats are general admission. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the concert.

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