Glenn Miller Orchestra (1956-present)
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Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 2009.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 2009.
Background information
GenresJazz, Big band
MembersNick Hilscher, Hannah Truckenbrod, Kevin Sheehan, Gary Meggs, Cody Leavel, Austin Yancey, Ian O'Beirne, Ashley Hall, Brad Black, Steve Walters, Joe Young IV, George Reinert III, Derek Kwong, Mike DeSousa, Jason Bennett, Ron Mills, Greg Zabel, Dean Schweiger, Jon Olejnik
Dan Riley, Tex Beneke, Beat Kaestli, Ray McKinley, Lenny Hambro, Peanuts Hucko, Dick Lowenthal, Buddy Morrow, Jimmy Henderson, Dick Gerhart, Henry Mancini, Larry O'Brien, Chris Fortner, Lee Taylor, Walt Kross, Bill Kotrba, Tim Pence, Cary Sheley, Steve Bleifuss, Andrew Burdick, David Bobroff, Terry Frenz II, Steve Molloy, Mike Manthey, Graham Breedlove, Jeff Wilfore, Alex Norris, Joe Weber, Rudy Petschauer, Jeremy Manasia, Tom McDonough, Tim Albright, Gary Tole, Clifford Shibly, Jack Sperling, Dale Orris, Nick Hilscher, Bill Barbour, Dave Ryan, Robbie Hioki, Doug Cook, Barry Springer, Bill Barrett, Mike Duva, Julia Rich (vocal), Charlie Lee, Jeff Hughes, Roscoe Myers, Wally Besser, Darrell Hendricks, Larry Newman, Steve Tracy McCallum, Clayton Lucovich, Holbrook Riles III, Joel Linscheid, Jon Rees, Jonathan McQuade, Nigel Yancey, Seth Lewis, Shawn Williams, James Navan, Betty Grable, Buck Clayton, Hoagy Carmichael, Art Tatum, Dominic "Nick" Barulli, Elliot Scozzaro, Karl Stabnau, Abdullah Ebrahim, Hayden Mapel, Ron Mills, Dean Schweiger, Louie Leager

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is a band formed after the loss of Glenn Miller, named in memory of him and the original Glenn Miller Orchestra.


After the disappearance of Glenn Miller in 1944, the band was reconstituted under the direction of Tex Beneke, its lead tenor saxophonist, singer, and one of Miller's longtime close friends. A few years later, the Miller estate, having parted ways with Beneke over creative differences, hired Ray McKinley, principal drummer in Miller's Army Air Force band, to organize a new "ghost band" in 1956.

Hollywood contributed to the band's popularity and that of its founder and original members with the 1953 release of The Glenn Miller Story on the big screen. The band garnered award nominations and box office success, as well as top hit status for its soundtrack album in 1954.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra has recorded and performed under various leaders, from 1956 to this day. Clarinetist Buddy DeFranco succeeded McKinley in 1966.[1][2]

Larry O'Brien served as director from 1981 to 1983 and from 1988 to 2010.[3]

Singer Nick Hilscher became the director of the touring band in 2012, replacing previous director Gary Tole.


Current as of 2019 [4]

  • Nick Hilscher – Male Vocalist and Music Director
  • Hannah Truckenbrod – Female Vocalist
  • Kevin Sheehan – Lead Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Arranger
  • Michael Paglione – 2nd Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
  • Erik Stabnau – Tenor Saxophone 1, Clarinet, Flute
  • Jon Olejnik – Tenor Saxophone 2, Clarinet, flute
  • Connor Baba – Baritone Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute
  • Ashley Hall – Lead Trumpet
  • Matthew Gates – Split Lead /2nd Trumpet
  • Joe Young IV – Jazz/3rd Trumpet
  • Christopher Stein – Trumpet /4th Trumpet
  • George Reinert III – Lead Trombone
  • Bryce 'Chip' Tingle – 2nd Trombone
  • Michael Madden – 3rd Trombone
  • Justin Bain – Bass Trombone, 4th Trombone
  • Ron Mills – Piano/Sound Tech
  • Tony Fidyk – Drums
  • Aaron Krings – Upright Bass


  1. ^ "Buddy DeFranco". Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Ray McKinley". Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Larry O'Brien". Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^

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