Chattanooga Now Glenn Miller Orchestra in Crossville

Chattanooga Now Glenn Miller Orchestra in Crossville

September 30th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music


What: Glenn Miller Orchestra in concert.

When: 7:30 CDT tonight.

Where: Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

Admission: $26 adults, $14 students.

Phone: 931-484-5000.


The Glenn Miller Orchestra, the legendary big band that popularized "Chattanooga Choo Choo," will stop in Crossville, Tenn., tonight on a swing through the South. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. CDT at the Cumberland County Playhouse.

The current orchestra has toured consistently since forming in 1956, playing an average of 300 live dates around the world each year. Trombonist Gary Cole became the band's musical director in January.

Chattanoogan Valerie Duke, a Center for Creative Arts graduate, is the band's chanteuse. The vocalist went on the road with the band in August 2010. She was working as a server at The Station House restaurant when the band performed at the Chattanooga Choo Choo in May of that year. Her boss arranged an audition, and she was offered the job in July when the previous lead singer stepped down after 25 years.

The band's other standards include "Moonlight Serenade," "In the Mood," "Tuxedo Junction" and "(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo."