Big band orchestra to visit

PERFORMANCE: Musical director of the famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Rick Gerber. The orchestra will visit Port Lincoln next month.

PERFORMANCE: Musical director of the famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Rick Gerber. The orchestra will visit Port Lincoln next month.

The unforgettable sound of American 1940's big-band The Glenn Miller Orchestra is coming to Port Lincoln.

Featuring music from the golden era of swing, the show is a sentimental journey down memory lane, celebrating the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s 80th anniversary.

The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra features 24 musicians, singers and dancers.

Musical director Rick Gerber said the the line-up of the orchestra was representative of the original band and was mandatory for all performances as no “watered down” orchestra would be an accurate sounding Glenn Miller Orchestra.

“That is, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass and drums plus both a male and female singer.”

“The Glenn Miller Orchestra is delighted to be bringing iconic tunes such as In The Mood and Moonlight Serenade to Australia,” Mr Gerber said.

Mr Gerber – who has been directing the orchestra for about 16 years – said this tour would be the orchestra’s fourth extensive tour of Australia, having played here in 2012, 2014 and 2015. 

“We’ve played many counties over the past sixteen years and Australia has some of the finest venues we’ve ever performed in,” he said.

He said the performance highlighted great ‘big band’ hits and the music of The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and romantic World War II melodies made famous by Vera Lynn.

The concert will also feature dance routines by the Broadway Swing Dancers.

The orchestra will perform at the Nautilus Arts Centre on Wednesday, September 27 – to book phone 8621 2351.

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