Thursday's concert was a return visit for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and what a concert it was. The musical director and vocalists were different, but the familiar, famous arrangements stayed the same.
Thanks to Richard Hogan Entertainment, Jenny Kling from Tom's Music House and the 12th Street auditorium staff for providing a musical venue for our enjoyment.
After introductions, Nick Hilscher, Julia Rich and the actively directed, 16-piece orchestra, themed "Moonlight Serenade" entertained us with Miller classics. Familiar charts such as "Hey, Good Lookin," "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "At Last," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "Straighten Up And Fly Right," "Kalamazoo" and "Little Brown Jug," all were familiar Miller arrangements.
Director Hilscher brought back historical instrumental and vocal memories, along with the nattily attired, red-jacketed talented musicians offering musical solos with back-up by the five "Moonlight Serenaders."
At intermission in the lobby, I visited with Rich about last year's vocalists, orchestra members and picked up her "Moonshine in Nashville" CD.
After intermission, we enthusiastically were treated to such famous standards as "Stardust," "Sunrise Serenade," "Perfidia," "Pennsylvania 6-5000," "String Of Pearls," "American Patrol," "In The Mood," "Tuxedo Junction," "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" and "It Must Be Jelly Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That."
After this wonderful golden oldies concert, I had the opportunity to meet director Hilscher, purchase his "Young and Foolish" CD, and most gratefully thank him for including Hays in their tour schedule, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra for keeping our music alive and well.
Entertainment Producer Hogan is contemplating bringing the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Pied Pipers and a Frank Sinatra impersonator to our area later this year. I hope to be ready and able to enjoy more of our era music.
Plan to join me to promote the Hays Society for the Preservation of Big Band Swing -- watch for our Sunday afternoon schedule of events at Hays Public Library.
Harry Watts is an AARP community service volunteer.