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
TODAY'S LOCAL NEWS
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
"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
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