2018 Glenn Miller Festival Performers

 The 2018 Glenn Miller Festival will feature the following performers:

 World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time, with over 1700 compositions. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

Led by Nick Hilscher, since 2012, the 18-member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries.  Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.

Nick Hilscher is a first rate singer of the American Songbook. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he began his professional career in his teens, playing piano and singing in the Atlanta area. His early musical influences were Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, and Tommy Dorsey.  Nick first joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra as the band’s Male Vocalist in 1998 at the age of 21, taking a hiatus from his performance degree in piano at Samford University.  After returning to school and finishing his degree the following year, Nick returned to the GMO as the band’s male vocalist for another five years.  Now as Music Director, Nick is still honoring the tradition of Glenn Miller with an excellent band that is pleasing audiences everywhere.

The GMO, along with Maria Schafer and the “Moonlight Serenaders,” is scheduled for a performance in the Auditorium which will showcase Glenn’s “great classics” to songs “from the vault.” GMO will also take over the Gym for the Festival dance (after the pre-dance dinner), dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band. Bring your dancing shoes, swing dance moves, and join the fun.

GMO is scheduled to perform at 7:30 PM on Friday, June 8th in the High School Auditorium and the Festival dance on Saturday, June 9th at 8:00 PM in the High School Gym.

World-Renowned Canadian BrassWith an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.” Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences.

 With a discography of over 130 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is an important pioneer in bringing brass music to mass audiences everywhere. They have sold well over 2 million albums worldwide.

The varied Canadian Brass repertoire  features brass standards as well as a   wide-ranging library of original arrangements. These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, Classical works, marches, holiday favorites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway and Christian music as well as popular songs and standards.   Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created their own   musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 600 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis and more.

They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile and vital ensemble that can play everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin! Canadian Brass is especially noted for their famous Holiday Concerts at Christmas time and was at the forefront of re-establishing Scott Joplin with today’s audiences through their research, arrangements and recordings of his “rags” and other works. Canadian Brass will play one concert on Saturday, June 9th at 4:00 in the High School Gym.

Bill Baker’s Big Band – The NetherlandsBill Baker’s Big Band is a Dutch band from Rijswijk who plays mainly music from the 30’s and 40’s. Many of the Glenn Miller repertoire (including the entire Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Orchestra show, with the right outfit of course), but other composers of those times are on the shelves: Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Count Basie … to name a few! Some of their most   requested tunes are Trumpet Boogie, String of Pearls. Misty Mornin’, Caravan, Let’s Dance, Rug Cutter Swing, Fever, Chattanooga Choo Choo, I’m the Big Band Singer and much more.

Bill Baker’s Big Band is scheduled to perform Friday June 8th at 3:15 PM in the High School Auditorium, the Big Band Breakfast Saturday June 9th, at 7:00 AM, and the final Festival concert, outdoors at the Glenn Miller Birthplace museum on Sunday, June 10th at 7:30 PM.

Tamana Girls High School Band – Japan The band currently has 93 members in the band. Most of them are living in student dorms, and they practice their music Monday to Friday after school for 3 hours. They also practice 8 AM to 5 PM on every weekend and holidays, so they are playing music almost 365 days per year. As a result of their hard work and dedication, they get numerous national level student’s music awards every year. Some of their awards include: All Japan Band Competition (9 times), Gold Award (4 times), All Japan Marching Contest Winner, (19 times), All Japan Band Association Special Award, (3 times),  All Japan Ensemble Contest, (7 times), 3 years consecutive triple crown achievement, Triple Crown All Japan Band Competition, and their first medal for Kyushu area—Gold Awards in all of Three Competition sponsored by the Band Association in 2016. 

The Tamana Girls High School band has performed at the Festival 12 times (1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016), making their trip to the 2018 Festival their 13th performance.

The Tamana Girls will perform on Friday, June 8th at 1:00 PM, Saturday June 9th at 10:00 AM and Sunday, June 10th at 1:00 PM.

Nebraska Brass Band –  The NEBB is a British-style brass band comprised of both male and female performers. Hailing from across Eastern Nebraska, each with one thing in common – the drive for excellence in musical performance. Band members are all volunteers and come from many industries ranging from education at all levels, former and current military, medical doctors, attorneys, railroad employees, sound engineers, and human resource specialists to name a few. Of the 32 current members of the Nebraska Brass Band: 29 have a BA in Music, 20 have a MA in Music, and 5 have a PhD in Music.

NEBB performances are wonderfully entertaining and offer music that everyone can enjoy. Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to discover the world of brass banding right here in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Brass Band will host the FREE opening Festival concert on the town Square (weather permitting or move to the High School), on Thursday June 7th 2018 at 8:00 PM.

Adam Swanson – Ragtime Piano Player Adam is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s degree in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Although he is only twenty-six years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 2007, he appeared alongside the late John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary and has also toured Switzerland. Adam made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with multi-platinum-selling artist Michael   Feinstein. Adam has played at the prestigious Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and privately for noted Disney/Hollywood composer Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, etc.). In 2013, Adam made his first appearance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C.

Adam will perform Saturday June 9th at 1:15 PM in the High School Auditorium.

Key of Steam – Steam Punk featuring GMBS Big Band performer, Marcy Holub. Key of Steam is a ‘Steampunk’ group. Steampunk is described as: a subgenre of science fiction and  sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century         industrial steam-powered machinery.

Key of Steam will perform on Saturday, June 9th at 6:30 in the High School Auditorium.

GMBS Big Band Each year musicians from across the country converge on the Glenn Miller Festival to play in the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Big Band. You can enjoy their concert on Friday, June 8th, at 9:30 AM featuring the 2018 Scholarship Winners.

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