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.
The Band’s library comprises of more than 200 scores, many of them from the original library, which includes the great arrangements from both the civilian and Army/Air Force orchestras. The library features contributions from the world’s greatest arrangers including Jerry Grey, Billy May and Bill Finnegan.
Back in the big band era of the 1940’s, any dance band worth its salt had a distinctive signature tune. The theme of the Glenn Miller Orchestra was and remains, Moonlight Serenade. Interestingly though, Glenn Miller originally wrote the music of the song as an exercise for a music arranging course. He composed it long before he had organised his orchestra and today Moonlight Serenade is considered a standard in the field of popular music. Its popularity as an instrumental continues undiminished.
The Glenn Miller Style
The orchestra have instituted some changes in the music – changes they think Glenn would have brought about himself were he still alive. However, they have stayed true to his sound and style – even when they added new songs to the repertoire. The new additions have turned out wonderfully, sounding very much the way Glenn would have insisted if he were still here!
Quality music always withstands the test of time, ageing gracefully and mellowing over the years. If anything, we believe that the authentic Glenn Miller music is now more popular than ever. We owe it to Glenn to keep it that way.
Below is a list of tunes from which the orchestra’s current concert programmes are selected.
Adios, American Patrol, Anchors Aweigh, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, Anvil Chorus, A String Of Pearls, A-tisket A-tasket, Basin Street Blues, Begin The Beguine, The Bells Of St. Mary’s, Big Band Bits (medley), Bill Bailey, Blue Moon, Caribbean Clipper, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ciribiribin, Come Fly With Me, The Creep, Danny Boy, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, Elmer’s Tune, Flying Home, Georgia On My Mind, Glenn’s Beguine, Here Comes The Bride, I Get A Kick Out Of You, I Have Dreamed, I Hear A Rhapsody, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, I’ll Be Seeing You, I’ll Never Smile Again, In The Mood, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair, Jingle Bells, Johnson Rag, Juke Box Saturday Night, Jumpin’ At The Woodside, Kalamazoo, Let It Snow, Let There Be Love, Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries, Limehouse Blues, Little Brown Jug, London Bridge Is Falling Down, Long Tall Mama, Mack The Knife, Marie, Memories Of You, Memory, Miller Mix, Moonlight Cocktails, Moonlight Serenade, My Prayer, New York New York, Nine Twenty Special, Oh Johnny, One O’Clock Jump, Opus 1, Over There, 1812 Overture, Pennsylvania 65000, Perfidia, Rhapsody in Blue, Reel Around The Sun (Riverdance), Runnin’ Wild, Russian Patrol, Saturday Night, Say Si Si, Sentimental Journey, Sing Sing Sing, South Rampart Street Parade, Stardust, Stan Kenton Medley, St. Louis Blues, Strike Up The Band, Summertime, Sweet Georgia Brown, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Take The A Train, They Say That Falling In Love Is Wonderful, Trumpet Blues And Cantabile, Tuxedo Junction, Undecided, Unforgettable, Walkin’ My Baby Back Home, We Kiss In A Shadow, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, When The Saints Go Marching In, When You Wish Upon A Star, White Cliffs Of Dover, Winter Wonderland, Woodchopper’s Ball, Yes My Darling Daughter.