During 2019 GMO, Scandinavia will celebrate the fact that Glenn Miller's music is still played throughout the World under his own name 75 years after his lost. This is made possible by the Glenn Miller Productions, Inc. and four bands in the world with the exclusive rights to use the Glenn Miller Orchestra service mark. Together we play around 600 performances a year. Counterparty may be missing in music history.
Concerts in February, March and throughout April will be played as a salute to the Miller music: In addition to anecdotes from Glenn's life, band leader Jan Slottenäs and the orchestra will explain and describe the so-called Miller sound, the design of the music, the sound's orign, structure and significance, as well as explain its success.
Glenn Miller lost his life in a plane crash across the English Channel on December 15, 1944. As United States' most popular big band leader and biggest music icon, two years earlier he closed down his civilian orchestra for being able to offer a moral maintenance to the Army as a volunteer officer and by playing his music directly for the soldiers. For this purpose, Miller built a new orchestra - The Army Air Force Orchestra. This orchestra moved in June 1944 to Britain and toured from the end of the same year on the Continent until the end of the Second World War.
During May GMO, Scandinavia will pay special tribute to Glenn Miller and The Army Air Force Orchestra by playing concerts mainly containing music from the military book.
Grand Final of the spring will take place at the Berwald Hall in Stockholm 26 May together with a 21 piece string section. The band will then also be expanded by 1 horn, 1 extra trumpet, 1 extra trombone and 1 extra saxophone. In all we will be 48 participants on stage. The music will be performed from the amazing music arrangements primarily written by Jerry Gray and Norman Leyden, and which are rarely played nowadays. Example of titles that will be played are "In The Gloaming", "With My Head In The Clouds", "Now I Know", "Symphony", "Begin The Beguine", "Victory Polka", "All I Do Is Dream Of You", "Holiday For Strings" and many more...