Swing Era trombonist and band leader born in Clarinda, Iowa on March 1, 1904. He took up the trombone while young to earn extra money and, after dropping out of College, headed out to Los Angeles, where he started playing with Ben Pollack's orchestra. His first band, formed in 1937, lasted less than a year. His second band floundered as well, until being invited to play at the Glen Island Casino in 1939, after which it became hugely successful. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps where he was made Captain and formed the Army Air Force Band to entertain the troops in Europe. On December 15, 1944, he boarded a plane from Bedfordshire to Paris. The plane was lost over the English Channel and he was never seen again.

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Glenn Miller Birthplace Society
Group based in Clarinda, Iowa maintains the leader's restored childhood home, publishes a newsletter and sponsors a festival featuring the modern band led by Larry O'Brien. Membership, detailed biography with photographs.
Glenn Miller Orchestra, The
Official site for the US band led by Larry O'Brien. History, scheduled performances by date and state, recordings, personnel, booking information, merchandise, newsletter, photo galleries and reviews.
Big Band Library: Glenn Miller "A Memorial, 1944-2004"
Biography by librarian Christopher Popa with extensive comments from Miller bassist Trigger Alpert, and detailed personnel list with dates of birth, death, and years with Miller.
Glenn Miller Orchestra Europe
Germany-based band led by Wil Salden offers gig schedule. In English and German.
Glenn Miller Orchestra UK
Orchestra directed by Ray McVay and featuring the Moonlight Serenaders vocal group. Photo, bookings.
The Jonny Cooper Orchestra
South African Glenn Miller tribute band, but also plays other music. Repertoire, audio, merchandise.
Twinwood Events
Hosts an annual Glenn Miller festival at the Twinwood Airfield and Arena in the UK. Also runs a Glenn Miller museum.
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