Coming Up: The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in Decatur

The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in Decatur

In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower earned another term in the White House after a successful campaign. Additionally, “As the World Turns” premiered. IBM also created the very first hard disk—and they came out with their first computer too. And, of course, the Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed. They’ve been going strong for 65 years. Did we mention that they’re coming to town this month too? Come see the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in Decatur at the Princess Theatre on Nov. 20th.

More on the Glenn Miller Orchestra

If you like big-band style music, complete with a jaunty orchestra and classic songs, you’ll love seeing the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in Decatur. This jazz band is exceptionally well-traveled too. In fact, they perform around 300 live shows each and every year.

Interestingly enough, there was a Glenn Miller Orchestra playing in 1938. However, it’s not the same one that was formed in the ‘50s—the one that still tours to this day.

About Glenn

Glenn Miller was a real person—and a big influence on the music world. He was responsible for some of the many iconic hits that played throughout World War II. During that time, he supported the troops by playing his music to soldiers in military camps. Many people also tuned in to his radio broadcasts.

Though he eventually became a major symbol of hope and perseverance in the second World War, he likely did not see the end of it. Towards the end of 1944, Miller sadly met a mysterious fate. He went on a transport plane, headed towards Paris. It never met its destination.

Eventually, he also earned a major posthumous achievement. In 2003, Miller’s memory was honored when he was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Glenn Miller’s Songs

If you want to spend some time getting to know Miller, there’s no better way than listening to his music. You can purchase recordings from the Orchestra online or stream them. Some of his most beloved songs include:

  • Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me);
  • A String of Pearls;
  • When You Wish Upon a Star;
  • Serenade in Blue;
  • I’m Headin’ for California;
  • Moonlight Serenade; and
  • (I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo.

Visiting details

You can travel back in time with the Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Princess Theatre, located at 112 Second Ave. NE—only about an 11-minute drive from Summer Lodge! The show takes place on Nov. 20th at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets soon!

Finally, if you wish to stay home, but still want to support the Orchestra, consider making a donation here. You can send a contribution as low as $1!


History. Music. Hope. They’ll all sound in harmony when you see the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in Decatur.

Until then, you can tap your toes along to the tunes in your Summer Lodge apartment. Or, if you’re still looking for your home sweet home, check out our floor plans, photos, and amenities here. Plus, for more on local news and events, visit our blog.