Preview: The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Glenn Miller orchestra. Pic: Comp

Glenn Miller orchestra. Pic: Comp

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IN the mood for some good old-fashioned swing? Then head to the Festival theatre tomorrow for a rare chance to see and hear the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Under the dynamic direction of band-leader Ray McVay, the Glenn Miller Orchestra continues to thrill and delight audiences around the world.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK was formed in 1988 in conjunction with Glenn Miller Productions of New York and has maintained the exact line-up on stage as devised by Miller himself - a leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, three rhythm plus a male and female vocalist.

Be transported back to WWII and the golden age of swing with classics such as Pennsylvania 65000, Tuxedo Junction, American Patrol and, of course, the classic In the Mood.

Back in the big band era of the 1940s, any dance band worth its salt had a distinctive signature tune. The theme of the Glenn Miller Orchestra was and remains, Moonlight Serenade.

Interestingly, though, Miller originally wrote the music of the song as an exercise for a music arranging course. He composed it long before he had organised his orchestra and today Moonlight Serenade is considered a standard in the field of popular music. Its popularity as an instrumental continues undiminished, as you can discover at the Festival theatre tomorrow.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, tomorrow, 7.30pm, £18.50-£28.50, 0131-529 6000