The Glenn Miller Orchestra will play August 10 at the Palace Theatre

The Glenn Miller Orchestra will play August 10 at the Palace Theatre

Glenn Miller's Orchestra will play August 10 at the Palace Theatre.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra was founded some 84 years ago — and its namesake, legendary trombonist and bandleader Glenn Miller, vanished into thin air over the English Channel almost 78 years ago — but its current leader is only 30 years old.

Music director Eric Stabnau may not have been alive for most of the orchestra’s existence, but his appreciation for the band—and the music it makes—runs deep. He joined the big band in 2017 as a tenor saxophonist and became its leader during the pandemic.

Next Wednesday, the Rochester, New York native will lead the 17-piece ensemble when he brings his inimitable swing sound to the Palace Theatre.

In a recent phone interview with The Dispatch, Stabnau talked about how he joined the orchestra, Glenn Miller’s signature sound and his observations of how audiences dressed to get into the right 1940s-era mood .

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