He was one of the most popular bandleaders in the late s and early s with such songs as "Moonlight Serenade" and "Tuxedo Junction. Army and was assigned to lead the Army Air Force Band. He boosted the morale of the troops with his many popular songs before mysteriously disappearing on a flight from England to Paris, France. Miller's original recordings continue to sell millions of copies. He died on December 15,
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Music in his Blood
While in Missouri, he first started playing the trombone as a member of a town band. When his family moved to Fort Morgan in , Miller nourished his musical talents by joining his high school band. Struggle to the Top Immediately after graduating high school in , Glenn Miller entered the Boyd Senter band, the first of a series of musical groups he would join. He later quit this group to attend the University of Colorado in , but soon abandoned his college career to pursue his love of music. At this time, Miller married Helen Burger, his college sweetheart. Miller then worked for the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, organized an orchestra for Ray Noble, and studied music theory and composition with Joseph Schillinger. Miller first recorded under his own name in , while still working with the Noble orchestra. Then, in , he tried to form his own band, which gained little popularity. The record breaking crowd of , cemented the rise to fame for Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.
A Promising Start
Alton Glenn Miller March 1, — disappeared December 15,    was an American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from to , leading one of the best-known big bands. On December 15, , while flying to Paris , Miller's aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In , his family moved to Grant City, Missouri.
Noted for his big band swing music and specifically the "Glenn Miller Sound," American jazz musician Alton Glenn Miller entertained troops with catchy toe-tapping beats and sentinmental tunes during WWII. His orchestra was one of the most popular during the big band swing era. Miller was an exceptionally talented musician he played the trombone , arranger, composer, and bandleader. Glenn Miller grew up with music. His family moved multiple times, first from Clarinda, Iowa, where he was born in , to Nebraska and then to Missouri. While he was in Missouri, Miller started playing the trombone in a town band. When his family moved again to Fort Morgan, Colorado, Miller joined his high school band in and cultivated his musical talents.