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Alton Glenn Miller. March 1, 1904 - December 15, 1944. By Alan Abbinanti. Early life. At age 11 Glenn Millers family had saved up enough money from milking cows to buy him his first trombone - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Glenn Miller

Alton Glenn MillerMarch 1, 1904 - December 15, 1944

By Alan AbbinantiEarly lifeAt age 11 Glenn Millers family had saved up enough money from milking cows to buy him his first tromboneDuring his senior year, Miller became very interested in a new style of music called "dance band music." He was so taken with it that he formed his own band with some classmates. By the time Miller graduated from high school in 1921, he had decided he wanted to become a professional musicianEarly yearsAfter graduation he attended the University of Colorodo but dropped out after failing three of his five classes in one semester in order to concentrate on becoming a professional musicianHe later studdied under Joseph Schillinger, who aided him in composing his famous piece Moonlight SerenadeBeginning of his carrierIn the 1920s and 1930s he worked as a freelance trombonist in many different bands and played alongside Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Joe Venuti in the All-Star Orchestra. He also made a small appetence in one of paramount's moveies The big broadcast of 1936In 1937 he started his own band but it didnt start off as successful as Glenn Miller had hoped it wouldGlenn miller hayday1938-1942 was the peak of Glenn Millers civilian popularity. He began recording for Bluebird and RCA victor records During this time of his life he composes some of the most influential and groundbreaking music of his time, such as "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", and "Little Brown Jug

Glenn Millers styleGlenn Millers style was found when he decided to make the clarinet play a melodic line with a tenor saxophone holding the same note, while three other saxophones harmonized within a single octave.He would use this style of harmonization in most of his music from that point on.Glenn Millers styleOne of his band members is quoted saying "You'll notice today some bands use the same trick on every introduction; others repeat the same musical phrase as a modulation into a vocal ... We're fortunate in that our style doesn't limit us to stereotyped intros, modulations, first choruses, endings or even trick rhythms. The fifth sax, playing clarinet most of the time, lets you know whose band you're listening to. And that's about all there is to it.War timeIn 1942 WWII had broken out and everyone was needed for the war effort.Due to Glenn Millers popularity the Army used him as a morale booster for the troops. He would travel with his band and play all over Europe. MIAOn December 15, 1944 Glenn Miller was flying from the UK to Paris France, and his plane disappeared over the English Chanel.No trace of himself, his plane, or crewman were ever discovered. He is officially declared as missing in action.

conclusionGlenn Miller contributed a unique form of hominization to the world and created many classic hits during his carrier as a professional musician.Glenn Miller is regarded as one of jazzs greatest students and composers.


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