The 43rd Annual Glenn Miller Festival

June 7th – 10th, 2018

Clarinda, Iowa

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.

The Festival will feature the following performers and much more. 
  • World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra                               
  • World-Renowned Canadian Brass
  • Bill Baker’s Big Band – the Netherlands
  • Tamana Girls High School Band – Japan
  • Nebraska Brass Band
  • Adam Swanson – 4 time World Champion Ragtime Piano
  • Key of Steam
  • The GMBS Big Band
  • GMBS Music Scholarship Competition
  • Festival Stage Show featuring Scholarship winners
  • Festival Big Band Breakfast
  • Festival pre- dance dinner
  • Festival dance featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Festival kick-off picnic
  • Festival opening concert on our town Square
  • GMBS Panel Discussion
  • Glenn Miller Archives, Dennis Spragg’s presentation on Glenn’s Army Air Force Band
  • Closing Festival dance outdoors at the Glenn Miller Museum, featuring Bill Baker’s Big Band

Click HERE for the Festival Schedule

Click HERE for the Ticket Order form

Call the Museum 712-542-2461, or email

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Glenn Miller Music Scholarship Competition
The festival begins with our 42nd 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

Free concert on our town Square

Friday, June 8, 2018

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 9, 2018

Big Band Breakfast


Pre-dance dinner

Festival dance

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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.

Final Festival concert – outdoors at the Glenn Miller Museum featuring Bill Baker’s Big Band.

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 and Friday. Saturday we will be open 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Sunday will be from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. 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