Once again the Glenn Miller Orchestra had the privilege of playing to a packed house at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhamton.
This time impressario Ray McVay brought with him the arrangements of the AAF band, and supplemented the 16 piece orchestra with the lush sounds of the Glenn Miller Strings - a 6 piece string group hand picked by the wonderful Alison Gordon. The strings bring another level of beauty to some already sumptuous arrangements. Danny boy was a particular favourite of the audience.
Most people associate big band music with line-ups that include 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 3 rhythm and lots of noise!
However, Glenn Miller – while admittedly using the above line-up most of the time – did have a mellow side to his character too. And while the version of Moonlight Serenade that we all know and love demonstrated Glenn Miller’s incredible arranging ability with clarinet and saxes, there is also a lesser-known version using strings which is hauntingly beautiful.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK
The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK was formed in 1988 in conjunction with Glenn Miller Productions of New York. The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK has maintained the exact line-up on stage devised by Glenn, consisting of the leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and three rhythm plus a male and female vocalist. The singers perform both individually and as part of The Moonlight Serenaders vocal group. The Uptown Hall Gang - an outstanding Dixieland group drawn from members of the orchestra is also featured.