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MARILYN HAGERTY: Glenn Miller band will stir memories with Sunday concert here

Marilyn Hagerty

The modern day version of Glenn Miller Orchestra is coming to town. And people who arrive early with their lawn chairs will have ringside seats at the Myra Centennial Pavilion at 2 p.m. Sunday.

In case of rain, the two hour concert will be held in the Central High School Auditorium.

The board of the Grand Forks County Historical Society is hoping for fair weather. Following the tradition of the ice cream social in years gone by, there will be cake and ice cream and refreshments available. The school house, post office and all of the historical buildings surrounding the Myra Museum will be open to visitors.

The program by the 20-piece orchestra will include “Moonlight Serenade” and other songs that lingered on after Glenn Miller’s tragic death over the English Channel in 1944.

The Glenn Miller concert will close with “America the Beautiful” and “Stars and Stripes forever.”

The orchestra is coming to Grand Forks with support from the State Council on the Arts and the Myra Foundation as well as private donors. While there is no admission fee, individual donations will be welcomed.

The original Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1938. In 1942, Miller joined the U.S. Army Air Corps to boost morale by entertaining the troops.

On Dec. 15, 1944, Miller boarded a single engine plane bound for Paris. It disappeared over the English Channel and was never found.

The new Glenn Miller Orchestra, authorized by his estate, has been touring internationally since 1956.

Appearance of the band will provide a setting to honor veterans, according to Leah Byzewski, museum director, and Greg Vettel, board president.

They expressed hopes it would help build membership among Grand Forks and county residents.

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Q. Do you have your days mixed up?

A. Well, not really. I did report I would be in Langdon Thursday when actually I visited there on Wednesday. I had a chance to reminisce about going viral with 150 women at the First Presbyterian Church.

From the church I went to KDNK radio station for a tasting bee with Ryan Bachman.

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A. It’s the 125th anniversary of this little town, and I hope to join up with book signers and other events in the Community Gardens during the afternoon.

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Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.