Clarinda Lied Library Outdoor Space Grand Opening Jazz Concert

On April 8, 2017 the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society collaborated with the Lied Library to sponsor a jazz concert to celebrate the Library’s outdoor space. The concert featured the Clarinda High School Jazz Band and Dr. Pete Madsen and the University of Nebraska Jazz Ensembles. The concert was free to the public and was complete with Sonrisers catering a BBQ dinner.

The weather was beautiful, the concert was attended by over 225 guests, and the music was exceptional.

GMBS would like to thank our sponsors:  Bank Iowa, C&L Fabrication, Cornerstone Bank, Clarinda Regional Health Center, Lisle Corporation, Marvin & Jean Negley, PCSB, Ritchie Funeral Home and Super 8 Clarinda.

CHS Jazz Band

CHS Jazz Band


UNO Jazz Band Ensembles

UNO Jazz Band Ensembles


Moonlight Serenade on the Chattanooga Choo Choo
February 11, 2017

The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society invites you to “Moonlight Serenade on the Chattanooga Choo Choo,” Saturday, February 11, 2016. Gather at the museum for an evening of dinner and dancing to benefit the Glenn Miller Scholarship Fund. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

This event will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first gold record ever awarded to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

The first course of the evening will begin in the great hall with appetizers and social hour. We will retire to the museum where festively decorated tables await the main courses. Enjoy a wonderful second course of pumpkin ginger soup followed by café green salad. Our main entrée is a delicious cherry-stuffed pork loin, mashed potatoes with rosemary gravy, glazed carrots, and homemade rolls and butter. A selection of wines will be available with your meal. Savor scrumptious desserts for the fifth and final course.

After dinner you can dance the night away to the sounds of big band music.

Tickets to this gold record celebration are $50 each, and a portion of the price is tax deductible. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Society’s Glenn Miller Music Scholarship competition, now in its 41st year. The annual competition, held each year during the Glenn Miller Festival, honors Glenn Miller by assisting promising young talents from any field of applied music with scholarships. The Society will be distributing $12,000 in scholarships during 2017.

Reservations can be made at the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum between 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday or by calling (712) 542-2461, or email

(Below are a few pictures from our 2016 Café Rouge event)