WHEELING – Dancers who are “In the mood” for a “Moonlight serenade” you don’t have to take the “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” to hear the famous Glenn Miller Orchestra this Labor Day weekend – they can just go to the Osiris Shrine in Elm Grove.
The legendary group is back in full swing after having to cancel most of its performances during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and will perform for the Big Band 200 Club’s 2021-22 season premiere dance on September 5, in from the 7th afternoon
Club president David Demarest explained that this is one of five dances the group has scheduled by the end of the year, although the group has a full concert schedule.
âThis is probably the smallest venue they’ll be playing this season, so it’s a unique opportunity to experience the Glenn Miller Orchestra up close. “ said Demarest.
The performance, he said, is a gift to the local dance community by longtime Club 200 member Jan Reiter of Bloomingdale in memory of her husband and dance partner, the late Richard. “Tail” Reiter, who died on August 30, 2019.
The Glenn Miller Dance is included with every 200 Club Memberships purchased for the 2021-22 season, although a limited number of Glenn Miller Dance tickets will be made available to the general public for $ 50 per person.
A five-dance subscription costs $ 85 and includes dances with the Wally Merriman Trio on December 4, the Ross Denman ball and swing disc jockey on March 12, 2022, the Wally Gingers Orchestra on May 14, and Wally Merriman and his accordion on the 18th. June.
All of the dances will take place at the Osiris Shrine, with the exception of the June Dance, which will take place at the Hess Hut in Oglebay and will include a covered picnic.
Information on Glenn Miller Dance tickets or season tickets can be obtained by visiting the club’s Facebook page or calling Demarest at (304) 280-3206.
All dances other than picnic are formal optional – formal wear is “Admired, but not obligatory” but women must wear dresses and men must wear coats and ties.
The decision to require dancers to wear masks will be made closer to the date of the dance and will be based on national and local guidelines.
Glenn Miller formed his first band in 1937, but it was a financial failure. He launched his second band the following year, changing the sound and pushing Tommy Dorsey out of the “Best sweet group” position in Downbeat magazine poll. His recordings of “In the mood,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “A pearl necklace”, “Moonlight serenade” and “Tuxedo Junction” were all successful records.
Miller has sold out, and his music has consistently dominated the airwaves.
In September 1942, after volunteering for the army, he dissolved his famous orchestra and ended up forming the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band to entertain the military. He and the plane he was in were lost over the English Channel in December 1944.
The Miller Estate formed the current Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956 following strong popular demand created by the hit film “The Glenn Miller Story”, with James Stewart and June Allyson.
Now, over 60 years after audiences first embraced the unique Miller Sound, the legend and the music live on under the musical direction of Nick Hilscher.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra is today the most sought-after big band in the world for concerts and dance engagements. Still considered by many to be the greatest band of all time, it has retained its unique sound.
With the exception of the pandemic, the band has toured regularly since, performing an average of 300 live dates a year around the world in front of millions of fans.
Speaking on behalf of the Club 200 board of directors, Demarest said: “We are delighted, honored and grateful to be able to provide this opportunity for the local community to spend an evening dancing to the sound of the world’s most famous band.”