The 43rd Annual Glenn Miller Festival – June 7th – 10th, 2018

On the second weekend in June, visitors and entertainers from around the world will converge in Clarinda, Iowa, the Birthplace of Glenn Miller, to celebrate the music and memory of the great American bandleader, trombonist, composer and arranger. Hear exciting bands from around the world topped off by the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Enjoy the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum and the Birthplace Home; stage shows; picnics; dances; historical displays; plus the fellowship of hundreds of Miller fans from around the world. The majority of concerts and programs take place at the Clarinda High School. Please note location for each program. Lunch will be available for purchase at the high school on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.


World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra with two unique concerts this year. Friday evening in the Auditorium and then again on Saturday evening in the Gym, GMO will play for the Festival dance with the focus to be Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band complete with reenactment groups and swing dancers.

Canadian Brass – the World’s most famous Brass Music Quintet

Tamana Girls High School Band – Japan

Adam Swanson – 4 time World Champion Ragtime Piano Player

Shades of Blue USAF Jazz Band

GMBS Big Band

42nd Annual Scholarship Competition

Much, much more

Thursday, June 7th

Glenn Miller Music Scholarship Competition
The festival begins with our 42bd annual Glenn Miller Music Scholarship competition. High school seniors and college freshmen from across the country compete in vocalist and instrumental competition for a chance to win scholarships. In all, the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society awards $12,000 in scholarships, annually. It is not the purpose of this competition to select Glenn Miller look-alikes or sound-alikes, nor is it limited to pop music performance. Rather, in honoring Glenn, we wish to seek out and assist promising young talents from any field of applied music who may be musical leaders of tomorrow. The scholarship competition runs from 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kick-off Picnic

Concert on the Square

Friday, June 9th

Concerts, Displays, Presentations and More!

In between the concerts there is still plenty to do. We will have displays at the high school that explore the life and music of Glenn Miller. Don’t forget to shop our merchandise table and take home your Glenn Miller Festival gear.

Saturday, June 10th


Big Band Breakfast



Sunday, June 11th

We round out the festival with an opportunity for our guests to enjoy breakfast one any of our fine restaurants, attend a church service of your choice, and visit any of our three museums; the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum, the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum, and the Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum.

Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum, and the Nodaway Valley Museum

The Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum will be open throughout the festival for touring. We will have extended hours  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Regular admission prices apply.

The Nodaway Valley Museum will be open throughout the festival. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s hours are 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm