Big band of mem­o­ries

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Award-win­ning en­ter­tainer Greg Ward is joined by golden-voiced singer Deb­bie Pen­ney and brass en­sem­ble to show­case some of Glenn Miller’s great­est hits.

The Life and Mu­sic of Glenn Miller will be held at the Ro­torua Bap­tist Church on Fe­bru­ary 11.

One of the best loved mu­si­cians of the era, Glenn Miller had the pulse of the times with tight rhythm and great tunes. He was an Amer­i­can big band mu­si­cian, ar­ranger, com­poser, and band leader in the swing era and was the best-sell­ing record­ing artist from 1939 to 1943, lead­ing one of the best known big bands.

Miller’s no­table hits fea­tured in the day­time show in­clude In the Mood, Moon­light Ser­e­nade, Penn­syl­va­nia 6- 5000 and Chat­tanooga Choo Choo. His un­timely death oc­curred while cross­ing the English Chan­nel in a light plane in 1944. There are many the­o­ries about what hap­pened to the mu­si­cian in­clud­ing be­ing shot down by friendly fire. He is still of­fi­cially miss­ing.

Big band: The Life and Mu­sic of Glenn Miller (artists from left to right). Pete France, Bruce French, Mike Booth, Deb­bie Pen­ney, Greg Ward and Ron Cole­man

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