Glenn Miller attended the University of Colorado Boulder in 1923 to pursue his musical career. After leaving CU, he worked many years as a freelance trombonist and arranger, touring and recording with different bands. He finally hit it big with his own orchestra after he reconfigured it to produce a unique sound, which set him apart from other big bands. By 1939, they had 17 Top 10 hits, with many more hits in the following years.

Glenn Miller enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in 1942 and used his musical talents to boost morale for enlistees and to recruit for the aviation branch of the Army. In December 1944, while flying from Bedford (UK) to Paris in bad weather, Major Glenn Miller’s plane disappeared, most likely over the English Channel.

Glenn Miller is well-known for his songs, including his first “gold record” for “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” His big band music is still heard today throughout the world.

To learn more about Glenn Miller, his music and his service, visit the Glenn Miller Archive, hosted by CU Boulder.