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36th Annual Glenn Miller Festival June 9-12, 2011

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Columbus Jazz Orchestra maintains the tradition ANGELA GREEN Contributing Writer A community organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Big Band Jazz tradition, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) was originally organized by a science teacher at Scotus Central Catholic High School in the early 1980s. It was called The Columbus Community Jazz Band. After a few years the teacher decided to move on but the band had become a fixture in the community. In the mid 1980s the band became affiliated with Platte Community College and

changed its name to the Columbus Jazz Band. The band was offered as a ¼ college course for a small tuition fee. Over the next few years the band took on many forms – from a full size stage band to a much smaller group with 3 saxophones, 2 trumpets, a trombone and a rhythm section. In 1992 the band became autonomous and reorganized as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra of CJO. This enabled the band to become a full size Big Band again. It is still in full “swing” to this day. Band members are from all sectors of the community – teachers, students,

lawyers, engineers – who come together weekly to spend a couple of hours playing the music they love. A few members have been with the band since its inception. The newest member, the guitarist, is a high school senior. Dr. Jeffrey Curry is an Instrumental M u s i c Instructor at C e n t r a l Community College in Columbus, Nebraska. He has held that position for 10 years. Prior to that Curry taught middle

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Three-time world champion, a festival favorite ANGELA GREEN Contributing Writer Just prior to his appearance at the 2010 Glenn Miller Festival, Adam Swanson won the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest for the third consecutive year. He is the youngest person to win this competition held annually in Peoria, Illinois. This master musician also won the Junior Trophy for Old-Time Piano Playing three times – 2003, 2004 and 2006. This made him eligible to compete in the regular division. Swanson finished fifth in his first regular division competition in 2007. However, he

returned in 2008 to win that division and has continued to win in 2009 and 2010. Adam thrilled audiences at the 2010 Festival with a program of music and information regarding the history of ragtime music. From the small town of Shenandoah, Iowa, only 18 miles from Clarinda, Swanson is rapidly becoming known as one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of American ragtime. He discovered the genre on his grandparents” Web TV and has played the piano about eight years. “Adam is absolutely amazing,” stated Marvin Negley, President of the

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society. “Last year audience members raved about his performance. We’re thrilled to have him here again this year.” Although he is only eighteen years old, Swanson has been a featured performer at ragtime and Jazz festivals across the United States. In 2007 he appeared alongside John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary. Swanson recorded a duet album with the great Johnny Maddox. They perform together in the Diamond Belle Saloon at the Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado. Adam

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All-time favorite, Glenn Miller Orchestra returns with new faces ANGELA GREEN Contributing Writer An all-time favorite, the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra (GMO), will return to Clarinda for the 2011 Glenn Miller Festival. January 2011 marked the beginning of a new era for the GMO – Gary Tole has been selected to lead the band after the retirement of director Larry O’Brien. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tole attended Duquesne University then traveled on the road for four years playing first trombone with the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Jimmy Henderson. Making his permanent residence in Southern California in 1978, Tole became first trombone with the Harry James Orchestra and performed on Harry’s last recording. Following that he performed with the Les Brown Band of Renown and recorded television shows with legendary entertainer Bob Hope. On stage as well as recording, Gary’s smooth but dynamic style placed him in constant demand with such stars as Ray

Charles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Rita Moreno, Phil Collins and others. He has been seen and heard on numerous television programs backing great performers – Diana Ross, Sammy Davis, Pia Zadora, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, the Pointer Sisters and many more. Tole has spent numerous hours in recording studios doing record sessions, television film, jingles and major motion picture sound tracks. Tole’s long and illustrious career in the Big Band world encompasses performances with the orchestras of Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Ray McKinley, Tex Beneke, Stan Kenton, Ray Anthony, Benny Goodman, Xavier Cugat, Woody Herman, Louis Bellson, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Buddy Childers and many more. From a family of dedicated musicians, Tole’s calling was more or less a fait accompli. In addition to trombone, he also plays bass trombone and euphonium. He is an active clinician for Yamaha and participates in music education programs as a judge for

Jazz festivals, band and orchestra festivals, private teaching of the low brass instruments and has traveled throughout the country conducting various clinics. In 1984 Tole started his own entertainment production company, Gary Tole Music Productions, Inc. His own sixteen piece ensemble, Legends of Swing, has become one of the world’s most- sought after Big Bands, in heavy demand nationally and internationally for its white-hot tributes to icons like Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, The Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman. Legends of Swing released its second recording in 2007. “One Kettle For Count” was nominated for several Grammy awards – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). Tole’s accomplishments and his high standards combined with the tremendous skills and talents of the Glenn Miller Orchestra band members, audiences will be delighted to hear the Big Band Era come alive at the 2011 Glenn Miller

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Festival. While enjoying the Miller tunes performed by the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, people will notice another new face in addition to Gary Tole at the 2011 Glenn Miller Festival. Valerie Duke is the female vocalist with the band and will be making her first appearance in Clarinda. Valerie is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee where she graduated from Chattanooga High School Centre for Creative Arts with a major in Musical Theatre. She spent a year studying theater and voice in New York City. She has been very active in the local theater scene of Chattanooga where she

won The Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Miss Annie Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2005 Valerie traveled to South Korea as a member of an elite musical theater group, The Choo Choo Kids, to represent the United States at the Gangneung International Arts Festival. Valerie was also a singing server at the Station House, located at the world famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. It was there that her boss, Allan Brooks, arranged for her to audition for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Shortly thereafter she was asked to join the prestigious ensemble as lead female vocalist. Ms. Duke is proud to accept the responsibility and honor of upholding the tradition that is the Glenn Miller Sound. She looks forward to the fantastic opportunity of entertaining Miller fans around the globe for years to come. Returning to Clarinda with the orchestra as male vocalist is Brian Hemstock. Brian’s mother was a music teacher and he credits his becoming interested in music at an early age to that fact. After studying piano

for a few years, Brian began playing the trumpet at age twelve. As a high school sophomore he joined the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and continued with the group until graduation. Brian found himself pulled in too many directions when he was accepted as both a vocal and a trumpet major at Western Michigan University. Therefore, he decided to concentrate on voice. Brian was involved in many ensembles including Collegiate Singers, a choir of about 100 students, and the University Lab Band. As a member of the Gold Company Sextet he performed around the Midwest and San Francisco, Toronto and France. Brian states that among those who are major influences to him are Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies. Brian joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra in September 2009. Hear those wonderful Miller tunes that bring back so many fond memories on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, June 11 at 4:30 PM.

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Neighbors to the north cross the border to swing ANGELA GREEN Contributing Writer Our neighbors to the north have a secret – the Toronto AllStar Big Band! Making its first appearance at the Glenn Miller Festival, this group of remarkable musicians revives the spirit, style and sound of the 1930s and 1940s – that golden age of the Big Bands. With brilliant programming, slick choreography and witty cultural nostalgia, this vibrant cast of awesome young talent has earned its position at the top of the list of presenters throughout Ontario and the United States. Ranging in age from 15 to 22, these musicians have “generated a reputa-

tion that has led them to perform across Ontario and in the United States.” Engagements are farreaching with recent venues including the Port Hope Jazz Festival; Port Elgin Big Band Celebration; Beaches International Jazz Festival; Art Park in Lewiston, New York and Toronto’s famed Palais Royale and Casa Loma. Founder and Artistic Director Zygmunt Jedrzejek has developed a program that engages undeniably talented musicians who “sound as if they’ve been playing together for 21 years.” The Toronto All-Star Big Band (TABB) provides one of the most intense and stimulating youth All-STAR see page 10

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Fountain City Brass Band (FCBB) America’s premier brass band Modeled on the British-style brass band with 25 brass players and 4 percussionists ANGELA GREEN Contributing Writer The Fountain City Brass Band (FCBB) is America’s premier brass band. As the reigning North American and U.S. Open Brass Band Champions, the group has won an unprecedented six consecutive national titles. In November 2009 FCBB became the first American band ever and the first nonUnited Kingdom band in over 50 years to win a

major brass band competition on United Kingdom soil at the Scottish Open Brass Band Championships. Modeled on the Britishstyle brass band with 25 brass players and 4 percussionists, FCBB is now in its 7th season under the baton of Music Director Dr. Joseph Parisi. The group is committed to a mission of cultural enrichment through presentation of concerts that are both entertaining and educational. At the end of the 19th century, there were over 18,000 brass bands in the United States. Those bands were a central part of the cultural life of America at a time before the advent of

radio and other forms of mass media. Mindful of its responsibility toward this rich but now endangered historical tradition, FCBB strives to keep alive a vital part of early American heritage. Also aware of its responsibilities to future generations, the band is committed to education, offering a wide array of outreach programs designed specifically for schools and the community. Offering casual audience-friendly concerts, the band also actively seeks to initiate cultural revitalization and arts awareness in the local community. In addition to its annual sixconcert series presented in Kansas City, FCBB tours

throughout the United States and abroad performing as part of community and university concert series, major national and international competitions and arts festivals. FCBB also offers a variety of chamber ensembles as well as individual band members who are available for performances and clinics in the local community. FCBB has been the host of numerous internationally known brass soloists and clinicians including Patrick Sheridan, Steven Mead, Roger Oyster, Stephen Bulla and Helen Tyler. Members of the FCBB have performed with such prestigious ensembles as the New York

Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, Empire Brass, United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Mr. Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Black Dyke Band, Fodens Band, YBS Band, Halle Orchestra, Lieksa Symphony and numerous New York City Broadway productions including “Les Miserables” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” They have also been on the faculties of schools such as the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Central

Missouri, Kansas State University, University of Colorado, Missouri Western State University, Washburn University and the University of Southern Mississippi. FCBB has released its first recording, “Celebration,” featuring several Fountain City Favorites. Dr. Joseph Parisi is now in his 7th season as the director of FCBB. Parisi is an assistant professor at the University of MissouriKansas City (UMKC) where his teaching opportunities include the University Wind Ensemble, undergraduate conducting FBCC see page 9

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Ballyhoo Leads us through Glenn’s Journey Ballyhoo Foxtrot established its reputation through performances at a variety of venues ANGELA GREEN Contributing Writer After an extremely wellreceived performance at the 2010 Glenn Miller Festival, the Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra (BFO) is returning to Clarinda for the 2011 Festival. BFO’s program last year focused on Glenn Miller’s early career, men-

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tioning some of the notable musicians with whom Miller associated along the way. This year’s program, “Friends of Glenn – A Celebration of the Musicians Who Shared Glenn Miller’s Journey to Fame and Fortune,” will tell a bit of the associates’ stories and how they came to know Glenn. The Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra (BFO) from Des Moines, Iowa is comprised of eight men and one woman with backgrounds including award-winning compositions, professorships with local universities, performing in Broadway musicals and

backing performers such as Steve Lawrence, Edie Gormet, Doc Severinsen and Mickey Rooney. BFO has exhibited incredible ability to perform music from a variety of periods in the 20th century. Founded in 2005, BFO has established its reputation through performances at a variety of venues throughout Iowa including Cedar Basin Jazz Festival in Cedar Falls, Old Settlers Days in Corydon, Music Under the Star in Des Moines, Iowa State University alumni events, 20th Annual Ragtime in Randall, Gatsby Gala in Des Moines, concerts for

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four Des Moines area fine arts series. In 2008 BFO recorded its first CD. Titled “I’m Gonna Jazz My Way,” it features nineteen songs that trace the life story of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. 2010 was a year of firsts for the Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra, including a debut at the Glenn Miller Festival and at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Festival. Leader, arranger, trombonist and pianist John Benoit is a Professor of Music at Simpson College where he teaches music theory and trombone. John plays trombone with the

Party Gras Classic Jazz Band, the House of Bricks Big Band and the Festival Brass Quintet. Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, he holds degrees from Louisiana State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to moving to Iowa, John taught music theory at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Jim Bovinette, trumpeter, is the Director of the Jazz Ensemble Program and Professor of Trumpet at Iowa State University. As a symphony musician, Jazz artist and recitalist, Jim has toured and performed extensively throughout the

United States and Europe. He also performs regularly with the Des Moines Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Des Moines Civic Center Show Orchestra and his own Jazz quartet, The Jazz Quartet of Ames. Jim is currently involved with Diana Upton Hill and her latest CD project and tours. In addition to being the drummer with BFO, Kurt Bowermaster is the leader and drummer with Party Gras Classic Jazz Band, the official band for the Iowa Cubs baseball team. He is BALLYHOO see page 11

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Scholarship applications set new record ANGELA GREEN Contributing Writer A new record is set! A total of 158 scholarship applications were received, surpassing last year’s record by 14. What a great way to honor Glenn Miller – so many vocal and instrumental students striving to make their mark on the world of music. A total of 54 applications were received for the Vocal Competition. The Instrumental Competition received a record 104 applications.

Twelve (12) applications were not acceptable because they were missing items or were not mailed by the March 15th deadline. Thirty-eight (38) states were represented by the applicants. The vocal applicants are from the 22 states of Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Instrumental applicants represent the 36 states of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The Screening Committee members were tasked with the responsibility of selecting 10 finalists and 5 alternates in each category. With so many talented applicants it was difficult to narrow the field down to those who were asked to come to the Festival and participate in the Scholarship Competition Finals on Thursday, June 10. The Thirty-fifth Scholarship Competition will award scholarships of $4,000, $2,000 and $1,000 to both instrumentalists and vocalists.

Awarded without regard to any other award, these scholarships may be used for any education-related expense. High school seniors and college freshmen who intend to make music a central part of their future life are eligible for the awards. It is not the purpose of the competition to select Glenn Miller look-alikes or sound-alikes, nor is it limited to pop music performance. In honoring Glenn, the purpose is to seek out and assist promising young talents in any field of applied music

who may be musical leaders of tomorrow. These scholarships are funded by donations and by GMBS memberships that are above the regular membership level. I n s t r u m e n t a l Competition begins at 8:15 AM; Vocal Competition will start at 1:00 PM. These are free for GMBS members and $5 for the entire day for non-members. This is an excellent opportunity to witness performances by young musicians who will be leaving their stamp on music in the future.

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36th Annual Glenn Miller Festival June 9-12, 2011 Continued from page 6 and methods, technology for teaching music and improvisation methods for the music curriculum. Prior to his appointment at UMKC he spent eight years teaching middle and high school band in the public school system of Georgia. He has extensive experience as a conductor, performer, clinician and adjudicator while also keeping active as a presenter and researcher, making presentations at state, regional, national and international meetings of groups such as National Association for Music Education (MENC), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and International Association

for Jazz Education (IAJE). Parisi’s research has been published in various professional journals including the International Journal of Research in Music Education, Jazz Education Journal and the College Band Directors Journal. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. While at the UMKC Music Conservatory, Dr. Parisi received the Outstanding Service Award in 2005. He has also been nominated for the Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award, Research Award. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam (Crane School of

Clarinda, Iowa Music), Parisi earned a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance and a PhD in I n s t r u m e n t a l Conducting/Music Education from Florida State University. He is a member of numerous music educators’ organiza-

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Continued from page 5 music programs in Canada. They engage cream-of-thecrop young musicians in a rigorous regime of rehearsals, workshops and a fantastic breadth of experiences. Skill-building performance experiences with international stars including Buddy DeFranco, Eddie Daniels, Larry Elgart and gifted Canadians like Peter Appleyard, Tommy Ambrose, Phil Nimmons, Oliver Jones, Rance Lee and the great Jackie Richardson have given these band members unbelievable opportunities to expand their expertise. Bandleader Howard Cable; trombonist Al Kay; saxophonists Alex Dean, John Dankworth and Benny

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Golson; trumpeter Clark Terry and John McLeod have given workshops to further enhance the band members’ abilities. The TABB 5 singers have thoroughly loved choreography workshops with some of Toronto’s top dancers and have been back-up for Jackie Richardson’s great blues. TABB’s “In the Miller Mood” program pays tribute to the most enduring figure of the Swing Era, Glenn Miller. It features the award-winning TABB in fresh renditions of so many chart-stopping classics from the celebrated Miller years. “A superb Swing band.” “As fresh and new as this morning’s dew…to hear this band is a MUST!” “A

dazzling display of consummate professionalism, amazing talent and infectious energy.” With these accolades, this is definitely a band that will have “people virtually dancing in the aisles…like listening to…Miller live.” Thrill to the sound of this northern neighbor when the Toronto All-Star Big Band performs Thursday, June 9 at 8:00 PM and at the Big Band Dance on Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 PM. (Quotes from April 23, 2010 Your Ottawa Region; Phil Surgy, The National Post; Hugh Fraser, The Hamilton Spectator; Joanna Manning, The Welland Tribute; David Hurst, Roselawn Centre Theatre.)

Tickets are now available for three additional events: Friday, June 10, 10:30 AM --- “Portrait—Glenn Miller” By Dr. C. F. Alan Cass, University of Colorado Friday, June 10, 1:00 PM --- Toronto All-Star Big Band Friday, June 10, 7:30 PM --- Glenn Miller Orchestra Toronto All-Star Big Band and Glenn Miller Orchestra concerts are $22 each. “Portrait – Glenn Miller” is Free for GMBS members and $5 for non-members. These events are not listed on the Ticket Order Form but tickets are available. Call the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society at 712-542-2461 Tuesday – Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM to order your tickets.


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videos has won numerous awards. Two of his compositions for orchestra have been premiered by the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Tubist Michael Short is a native of Fort Dodge, Iowa where he played for the famous composer, Karl King. After earning music degrees at the University of Northern Iowa, he moved to Chicago to study with the world-famous tubist Arnold Jacobs. While there he performed with several national known traditional jazz and ragtime groups. Currently, he is Senior Teaching Artist of Low Brass at Drake University and Simpson College. Short is also Principal Tuba in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Des

Clarinda, Iowa Moines Symphony Brass Quintet. Dan Stevenson plays clarinet and tenor saxophone with BFO. He graduated from Drake University with a degree in Music Education and teaches clarinet privately in Des Moines. Dan has performed with numerous orchestras, combos and Big Bands including the Party Gras Classic Jazz Band, the East Village Quartet, the Downtowners and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Vocalist Gina Gedler is a regular to the Des Moines, Iowa entertainment scene and has been performing for over 30 years. She has had the privilege of appearing in numerous musicals on stage and many professional acts throughout the

United States. Her stage performances include “Souvenir” at the Civic Center Stoner Theater for Stage West; “Utopia” at the Tall Grass Theater for Right Brain Productions; “Gypsy,” West Side Story,”

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The 2011 36th Annual Glenn Miller Festival Schedule of Events

Thrilling Music from Around the World Featuring: • The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra • Toronto All-Star Big Band from Toronto, Canada • Fountain City Brass Band from the Greater Kansas City Area • Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra from Des Moines, Iowa • United States Air Force Noteables from Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska • Columbus Jazz Orchestra from Columbus, Nebraska • Adam Swanson - Three-Time World Champion Old-Time Piano Player from Shenandoah, Iowa • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Big Band Plus Special Shows and Presentations: • “Portrait - Glenn Miller” by Dr. C.F. Alan Cass • Panel Discussion - Miller Historians, Authors, Radio Personalities, etc.

(Hours 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM) 10:00 AM GLENN MILLER BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM OPENS (Hours 8:00 AM 6:00 PM) 10:00 AM NODAWAY VALLEY MUSEUM OPENS (Hours 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM) 10:00 AM BALLYHOO FOXTROT ORCHESTRA from Des Moines, Iowa (High School Aud) “Friends of Glenn,” Casting light on the music and careers of notable musicians that associated with Glenn. 10:30 AM PORTRAIT - GLENN MILLER by Dr. C. F. Alan Cass, Univ. of CO (High School Gym) * LUNCH BREAK - CLARINDA LUTHERAN SCHOOL *

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2:00 PM

8:15 AM


1:00 PM 1:00 PM 5:00 PM 8:00 PM

NODAWAY VALLEY MUSEUM OPENS (Hours 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION Instrumental (High School Aud) KICK-OFF PICNIC Page County Cattlemen (High School Gym) TORONTO ALL-STAR BIG BAND from Toronto, Canada (High School Aud)

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011 8:00 AM

9:00 AM 9:00 AM

WELCOME AT GLENN MILLER BIRTHPLACE HOME Clarinda Lutheran School will serve coffee and pastries BUSINESS MEETING (High School Band Room) EXHIBITS AT HIGH SCHOOL OPEN

4:00 PM

TORONTO ALL-STAR BIG BAND from Toronto, Canada (High School Aud) PANEL - Miller Historians, Authors, Radio Personalities, etc. - Fielding Audience Questions about Glenn Miller and the Exciting Big Band Era (High School Gym) COLUMBUS JAZZ ORCHESTRA from Columbus, Nebraska (High School Aud)


7:30 PM 8:00 PM

The World Famous GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA (High School Aud) THE “NOTEABLES” from OFFUTT AFB 8-10 PM (Town Square) [Rain Location - High School Gym]

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2011 7:00 AM

BIG BAND BREAKFAST Served by the Clarinda Lions Club (Fire Station) SW Iowa Humane Society will serve coffee and pastries at High School 9:00 AM EXHIBITS AT HIGH SCHOOL OPEN (Hours 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM) 9:30 AM STAGE SHOW - FEATURING 2011 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS & GMBS BIG BAND (HS Aud) 10:00 AM GLENN MILLER BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM OPENS (Hours 10:00 AM 6:00 PM)


1:00 PM 3:15 PM 4:30 PM

FOUNTAIN CITY BRASS BAND from the Greater Kansas City Area (High School Aud) PORTRAIT - GLENN MILLER by Dr. C. F. Alan Cass, University of Colorado (High School Gym) The World Famous GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA (High School Aud)


8:00 PM

DANCE - TORONTO ALL-STAR BIG BAND - 8PM to 12Mid (High School Gym) Refreshments will be served by Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) Relay for Life

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011 Flight Breakfast & Air Show Sponsored by Clarinda Rotary Club at the Clarinda Municipal Airport Pancake Breakfast 7:00 to 10:30AM -Cowboy Church 9:00 AM -- Air Show 10:30 AM Display & Flight Demonstration of Model Radio-Controlled Aircraft (following Air Show) 12:00 Noon GLENN MILLER BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM OPENS (Hours 12:00 Noon 5:00 PM) 12:00 Noon EXHIBITS AT HIGH SCHOOL OPEN (Hours 12:00 NOON 5:00 PM) * LUNCH BREAK - ENJOY ONE OF CLARINDA'S FINE RESTAURANTS *

2:00 PM

ADAM SWANSON - Three-Time World Champion Old-Time Piano Player (High School Aud) 4:15 PM ICE CREAM SOCIAL (High School Commons) Note: State codes do not permit animals at Festival venues

Glenn Miller Festival  

The Glenn Miller Festival is June 9-12.