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    I thought this local event was a promising step in the preservation of the sounds of Glenn Miller, and to bring these sounds back to life for a new generation.
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 16, 2007
      I thought this local event was a promising step in the preservation of
      the sounds of Glenn Miller, and to bring these sounds back to life for
      a new generation.



      Glenn Miller exhibit swings its way into museum

      By Linda McIntosh

      March 16, 2007

      Glenn Miller led his bands only from 1937 to 1944, but the sound he
      created lives on today.

      A tribute to the man and his band, known for swing hits, such as
      "Moonlight Serenade" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo," is at the Museum of
      Making Music through May 7.

      Miller's daughter, Jonnie, and son, Steve, are slated to be at the
      museum with veteran trombonist Paul Tanner tomorrow for a multimedia
      presentation, "Glenn Miller: A Celebration of his Big Band Sound."

      "It'll give people an idea of what Glenn Miller was able to do in the
      music business," Steve Miller said from his Las Vegas home.

      "The exhibit tells the story of Glenn Miller and the era of swing
      music," said Tatiana Sizonenko, curator.


      What: Glenn Miller: A Celebration of his Big Band Sound

      When: Music and discussion 4 p.m. Saturday; exhibit through May 7;
      museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

      Where: Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad

      Cost: Museum admission $5; seniors and students $3

      Information: (760) 438-5996


      The museum's historian, Dan Del Fiorentino, will lead the historical

      "It was Miller's idea to have the clarinetist up front with the
      saxophone, which made a big difference in the sound," Del Fiorentino said.

      Del Fiorentino's presentation will feature band footage and recorded
      interviews with several former band members, including Tex Beneke,
      Billy May and Frankie Carle.

      Del Fiorentino will share stories he collected while interviewing
      members of the orchestra as a radio announcer in San Francisco for 15

      He recalled the time he talked to Ray Anthony, a former trumpeter in
      the orchestra.

      "He told me he was the only person fired four times from the band,"
      Del Fiorentino said.

      One of his favorite stories is about Miller's plans to start a series
      of music stores with Vito Pascucci, who repaired instruments for the
      band during the war. Miller's death in 1944 prevented those plans from

      The exhibit will feature original photographs, posters and memorabilia
      loaned to the museum by the Glenn Miller family, including the gold
      record presented to Miller by RCA in February 1941 for 1,200,000 sales
      of "Chattanooga Choo Choo." It was the first gold record presented to
      a recording artist.

      Among the several dozen items on display are a Tiffany & Co. silver
      cigarette box with engraved signatures of Glenn Miller Orchestra
      members given by them as a gift to him, his dog tag from the Army Air
      Forces, a V-mail letter - which stands for Victory mail and involved
      microfilming letters to save cargo space - from Miller to his wife,
      Helen, and a pocket Bible given to Miller by his mother.

      There are music trophies, sheet music and a scrapbook with August 1939
      articles collected by photographer, Sol Mednick.

      "Glenn Miller left a massive legacy and we want to keep it alive," Del
      Fiorentino said.

      Linda McIntosh: (760) 752-6756;linda.mcintosh@...

      (c) Copyright 2007 Union-Tribune Publishing Co. • A Copley Newspaper Site
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