Big band sounds at The Playhouse

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:03 29 July 2011

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

The Glenn Miller Orchestra


THE big band sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra will reverberate around The Playhouse for one night this summer.

Ray McVay will lead the official orchestra in reliving the spirit of the 1940s at the performance on August 17.

This show is the complete package for Big Band aficionados, while the band will perform in US army and air force uniforms for the second half of the show.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK was formed in 1988 and has maintained the exact line-up on stage devised by the jazz musician, consisting of the leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and three rhythms and male and female vocalists.

Although the orchestra’s theme is the classic Moonlight Serenade, it also has a library of more than 200 scores to draw from, featuring arrangements from the likes of Jerry Gray, Billy May and Bill Finegan.

Among the timeless classics in that repertoire are In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo Choo and (I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo.

Tickets, priced £9-£17, are available on 01934 645544 or via

n The Mercury has teamed up with The Playhouse to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

To enter the competition simply complete the following song title: Midnight…

Send your answer, along with your name, address and a daytime telephone number, to; Glenn Miller Orchestra competition, Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW by 9am on July 29.

Alternatively, log on to to enter. Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final

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