Glenn Miller Orchestra Review by Brenda Repland
Adnan Khalil
Publish Date: 22 Oct 2019

Alhawadeth Media


Glenn Miller Orchestra


Review by Brenda Repland


Appearing this week at Town Hall, the Glenn Miller orchestra opened with their theme song,

“Moonlight Serenade.”  The communal sigh throughout the house, showed how this luscious piece served as a balm for the jangled nerves of our current affairs. 


The legendary Glenn Miller was the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and 1940s.  Even 80 years after founding his famous orchestra, Glenn Miller's music is as relevant as ever for jazz and swing fans alike.


A member of the audience from Germany shared with this reviewer his first exposure to “that sound,” which came at the American Culture Club in Germany, shortly after WWII.  “Imagine!” he said, “hearing those songs!” (He named a few including “Chattanooga Choo Choo”).  “It was like a breath of fresh air!”  From that point on, it was moving to consider that experience through the eyes and ears of a war-torn audience. 


The original orchestra was famous for a number of pieces and this one did not disappoint, playing so many favorites.  To name just a few – “Chattanooga Choo Choo,”  “At Sundown,” “Blues in the Night,”  “St. Louis Blues March,”  “A String of Pearls,”  “Little Brown Jug,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “:Little Brown Jug.”


“American Patrol” was dedicated to all the veterans present. 


“Serenade in Blue,” sung by Music Director Nick Hilscher, was also a showcase for the “Miller Reed sound” which included a baritone saxophone and a dreamy jazzy piano.  


Joining the orchestra was vocalist Hannah Truckenbrod who sand “You Took Advantage of Me.”  Musicians from the orchestra stepped forward to sing “I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo” and “Pennsylvania Six Five Thousand!”


While renowned for its reed sound, the brass section was also outstanding with many thrilling trumpet and trombone numbers.


What a performance!  Glenn Miller, himself, would have been proud!




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