June 7-9, 2018, will be the 23rd year this event has been held in Fort Morgan, Colorado, where famous son Glenn Miller graduated from high school. It has gone through many changes over the years but there is always a hard working group of individuals behind it, starting with the Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce kicking it off to The School for The Performing Arts holding the reins for a while and now The Fort Group of many entities in Fort Morgan are continuing the tradition.
Glenn Miller was an American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best-known big bands. In 1918, the Miller family moved again, this time to Fort Morgan, Colorado, where Miller went to high school. In the fall of 1919, he joined the high school American football team, Maroons, which won the Northern Colorado American Football Conference in 1920. He was named the Best Left End in Colorado. During his senior year, Miller became very interested in a new style of music called “dance band music”. He was so taken with it that he formed his own band with some classmates. Glenn’s plane disappeared over the English Chanel headed to France to perform for troops in December 15, 1944, during WWII.
Many of Glenn’s family have made an appearance at this event over the years and it was always an honor to have them in town. His sister Irene was a featured performer one year and of course as schedules permitted this event brought in The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.
This year’s event will be no exception for entertainment, new events and something for everyone. A schedule is shown below along with some pictures from previous events. Hope to see everyone in Fort Morgan this coming week.
Having some fun over the years:
This blog written in honor of Alan Cass who helped me tremendously as we were starting this event and was always a shining star of our events with his history. We will miss you.
Written by Cathy Shull owner of Discover Northeast Colorado. She was also the Chamber Director when this event was first started, took an idea to her board and the rest is history. She worked with the event for about 18 of it’s 23 years. For more events throughout Northeast Colorado go to our website at http://www.discovernortheastcolorado.com
Photo cover by artist Ann Iungerich of Fort Morgan.