THE GLENN MILLER SOUND
Celebrating the music of the 1940s
and the Greatest Generation
Sunday, June 14, 2020 – 4:00 p.m.
Sarasota Opera House ($25-$55)
Walt Andrus, vocalist
Glenn Miller Big Band
Musicians to be announced
Music during World War II had an unprecedented impact on America, both on the home front and on troops serving overseas. Unlike World War I, which occurred in the pre-radio era, by December 1941, virtually every American household owned radios. Americans were tuning in by the millions and the name Glenn Miller became synonymous with the 1940s Swing era tunes that stormed the air waves and permeated clubs and dance halls across the country where people mingled, “cut a rug” and took a break from the bleak woes of war. It was estimated in 1940 that one of every three nickels that entered a jukebox played a Miller tune.
Take a trip back in time and get “In the Mood” with an afternoon of the best of Glenn Miller and the entire Swing era. An 18-piece big band comprised of some of Florida’s top jazz musicians pays musical tribute to the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and the glorious swinging sounds of the 40s.