The Glenn Miller Orchestra, bearing the name of the one of the greats of the Big Band era, will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Lourdes High School, 2800 19th St. NW.
During the late-1930s and into World War II, the orchestra, named for leader Glenn Miller, was the most popular band in the land. Hit songs included “In the Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000” and “(I’ve Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo.”
Miller, a native of Iowa and a popular trombonist, was at the height of his popularity when he disbanded the orchestra in 1942 and joined the Army. He entertained troops at bases in the U.S.and Great Britain. Miller was on a flight to Paris on Dec. 15, 1944, when the plane in which he was a passenger disappeared over the English Channel.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra started up again the 1950s, and has performed around the world since then, playing the hits made famous by the original orchestra. Vocalists are Hannah Truckenbrod and Nick Hilscher.
Tickets for the Lourdes concert range from $19 to $39, and are available through brownpapertickets.com.