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Thursday, October 13 – Glenn Miller Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Main Stage
October 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Over sixty years since the public first embraced the successful Miller Sound, both the legend and the music live on. The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most sought after big band in the world today for both concert and dance engagements. Still considered the greatest band of all time, its unique sound is loved by almost anybody that cares for dance music.
The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930’s and 40’s. But, in 1944 while leading the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band, Miller died while traveling to entertain the troops in Europe. The Miller estate formed the present Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956 following strong popular demand. The band has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year around the globe to millions of fans.
The 16-member band continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements that keep exciting fans who have not heard them played for a while. Additionally, they are also playing more modern selections in the big-band style, carefully selecting only those newer tunes that lead themselves naturally to the Miller style and sound.
Come out and hear the music you love from the best band around! Moonlight Serenade, I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, A String of Pearls …. all the great tunes of the Swing era!
Music director and tenor saxophonist, Erik Stabnau, brings his lifelong enthusiasm for big band music to each performance of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Having grown up with a love for the music of the swing era, Erik naturally gravitated toward Glenn Miller, drawn to his recognizable melodies and the distinctive sound of his reed section. A Western New York native, Erik learned to play the saxophone, flute, and clarinet in a variety of disciplines before developing an interest in the large ensembles of Ellington, Basie, Dorsey, Miller and others. Excited to pursue a future in music, he attended college at the Eastman School of Music in his hometown of Rochester, earning a bachelor’s of music in Jazz and Contemporary Media. Intent on broadening his education, Erik went on to study music business and recording with a masters degree in Audio Arts from Syracuse University.
Prior to his time with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Erik performed and recorded as a bandleader and sideman throughout the Northeast, adding to his credentials experience as an educator, clinician, writer, and arranger. He was thrilled with the opportunity to join the orchestra in June 2017 on tenor saxophone, playing the music and solos that Tex Beneke first made famous in the 1930’s and 40’s. As a member of the band, Erik has performed across the US in 48 states and abroad in Canada and Japan and now is honored to step in front of the orchestra as its music director.
Click here to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $17.50 adults, $10 children. Reserved seating, Main Stage. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont. Doors open for seating at 7:00 p.m. Online sales close two hours prior to events, please call the box office for ticket availability at 231-924-8885 if online sales have ended. The Dogwood Center Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.dogwoodcenter.com, at the Dogwood Box Office, or at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. For more information, phone 231.924.8885.