Glenn Miller band will perform at school fundraiser

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PARIS — Dec. 15, 1944, was a day that rocked the nation. Major Glenn Miller, a talented trombonist and bandleader, disappeared forever when, on his way to a gig in Paris, the single-engine plane in which he was a passenger went down over the English Channel.

The world of music will forever miss him, but the Glenn Miller Orchestra will bring its world-famous big band sound — the likes of “In the Mood,” ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “A String of Pearls” — to Paris, Maine, on Sunday, May 15.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, with its trademark jazz sound, is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year worldwide, according to the band’s website, www.glennmillerorchestra.com.

The 19-member orchestra is made up of musical director/trombonist Gary Tole, vocalists Valerie Duke and Brian Hemstock, five clarinet/saxophonists, four trumpet players, four trombonists, a pianist, a drummer and a bass player.

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The 7:30 p.m. performance in the newly dedicated Mark S. Eastman Auditorium at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School is a fundraiser for the Oxford Hills Music Art & Drama Boosters.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra has performed twice before in Oxford Hills, once in 1995 and again in 1998.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors 65 and older, and students through grade 12. For tickets, visit Books N Things, 430 Main St., Norway, or call 739-6200. The school is at 256 Main St.

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