An announcement from the Glenn Miller Archive, April 18, 2018:
With profound sorrow and at the request of Sue Cass, I wish to inform his friends around the world that our beloved Curator Emeritus C. F. Alan Cass has passed away this morning, April 18, 2018.
It is impossible at this time to properly describe the integrity, character, love and commitment that Alan selflessly gave to all of us over the years and his devotion to the University of Colorado Boulder and the legacy of Glenn Miller. At the proper time, we will publish and circulate a proper biography that does justice to Alan’s far-reaching impact and achievements in the areas of university facilities management, athletic events, the CU football and basketball programs, the Denver Broncos, public speaking, commencements above all, the archive. A formal announcement from the University of Colorado Boulder will follow and we will also be posting tributes to Alan on the Glenn Miller Archive website and social media.
Alan was the kindest man that I have ever met and, as you might expect, this is an overwhelming moment. In the years that I have known and loved him, I have never heard or read any negative comment about Alan ever spoken or written. Needless to say, he was a wonderful and remarkably patient colleague who had a deep impact on all of us. To paraphrase a very nice remark that a friend made about my own father when he passed away, “he was the purest man that I have ever met.”
We can only imagine the embrace that he has now received from Glenn, Helen and Steve Miller.
According to Alan’s wishes, services will be private.
I sincerely hope that, moving forward, we will honor Alan by continuing to preserve, restore and communicate the legacy of Glenn Miller and the big band era to future generations, and continue to value and develop his treasured Glenn Miller Archive.
Further comment to follow.
Dennis M. Spragg
The Glenn Miller Archive (GMA) of the American Music Research Center is the designated repository for the legacy of Alton Glenn Miller (1904-1944), American popular music icon and Doctor of Humane Letters, Distinguished Alumnus Honorare, University of Colorado Boulder The GMA encompasses many thousands of audio recordings, documents, photographs and memorabilia from the "Big Band Era" of American Popular Music. Founded in 1969 by Curator Emeritus Alan Cass, the GMA is a leading resource for scholars, students, researchers and collectors.
The objective of the GMA is to preserve, enhance and share the history of the Big Band Era. As encouraged by our benefactors, the late Steven Davis Miller (1943-2012) and Jonnie Miller Hoffman, the children of Glenn and Helen Miller, the GMA is a permanent and accessible center of learning for future generations of scholars, students, historians and the public. Alan Cass and Dennis Spragg have worked closely with associates around the world and benefit from important affiliations with universities, government agencies and key partnerships within the entertainment industry. The legacies of many prominent artists and collectors are entrusted to the GMA. In addition to extensive Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey catalogs, all of the bandleaders, musicians and singers of the mid-20th Century are represented in the 56 individual GMA Collections.
The GMA presents original radio broadcasts from our collections every Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time on KEZW Studio 1430 Denver, an Entercom Communications station. The Star Spangled Radio Hour is streamed worldwide at KEZW Studio 1430