Glenn Miller died in 1944 during World War II, but his music and band are as alive as ever. On Saturday night, Oct. 22, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, with its unique jazz sound, performed at the Northumberland High School auditorium to a nearly full house.
In the Rappahannock Concert Association’s first concert of the season, the Glenn Miller orchestra, made up primarily of saxophones, trumpets, trombones accented by a clarinet, drums, a bass fiddle and piano had the audience breaking into applause in the middle of numbers.
In addition to the instruments, band leader and singer Nick Hilscher from Atlanta delighted the crowd with “Moonlight Becomes You” and “At Last.” Female vocalist Maria Schafer sang “The Lady is a Tramp” and “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good.” The pair joined others of the band as “The Moonlight Serenaders” to reprise Miller’s group, The Modernaires’ “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” the first gold record ever recorded.
In the hour and a half long concert many of Miller’s famous pieces charmed the audience. The band opened with “Moonlight Serenade” and followed with such pieces as “Pennsylvania 6-5000” and “Diplomat Blues.”
Hilscher had the house lights turned on and asked all veterans in the audience to stand before the band played its tribute to American service men and women, “American Patrol.”
The Glenn Miller estate authorized the orchestra in 1956. It travels 100,000 miles a year keeping Miller’s music fresh. According to their website, they play an average of 300 live dates per year all over the world.
The concert association’s next event will feature piano soloist Thomas Pandolfi on Nov. 18. Their box office voicemail is 866-217-8149