The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication, and relentlessly worked to succeed. He lauched his second band - the one that lives on today - in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a hit ever since.
The war was starting to take its toll of musicians and Alton Glenn Miller reported for induction into the Army on October 7, 1942 and was assigned to the Army Air Corps where he ultimately organized the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. In late 9143, he and the band were shipped out to England. there, in less than a year they made over 800 performances. In the fall of 1944 the band was scheduled to be sent on a 6-week tour of Europe and would be stationed in Paris during that time. Miller decided to go ahead in order to make the proper arrangements. On December 15th, Glenn Miller boarded a transport plane to Paris, never to be seen again.
Under the direction of Nick Hilscher, Singer/Director, the Orchestra is one of the few full time touring Big Bands today.