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Source: Thomas Jackson, 785-532-2354,
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News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the most popular big bands in the world, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.

The orchestra has produced several memorable songs, including "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "String of Pearls," "Moonlight Serenade" and "Tuxedo Junction."

Miller left his original group in 1942 when he volunteered for the U.S. Army. He was appointed a captain after many months of convincing the military higher-ups that he could modernize the Army band and ultimately improve the morale of the men by organizing the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. The band would go on to play hundreds of performances worldwide. Miller was lost at sea in 1944, but the band reformed in 1956 and is still considered the greatest big band of all time.

Tickets for the Glenn Miller Orchestra are on sale now. Prices start at $12.50 for K-State students and children 18 and under. General public tickets start at $25. Discounts for K-State faculty, seniors and military also are available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information also is available online at