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Glenn Miller concert spreads cheer, benefits food bank

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From Maxwell AFB Air University Public Affairs:

The 31st annual Glenn Miller Holiday Concert is sure to spread some holiday cheer while benefitting the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

People coming to the free concert at the Davis Theatre, Dec. 20, are encouraged to bring a canned good item for the food bank. Concert starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., seating is first come, first serve and food donation boxes will be at the door. More than 2,200 pounds of food was collected at last year's concert.

The U.S. Air Force "Airmen of Note" will perform big band swing music and holiday favorites in the style of renowed band leader Glenn Miller, who was stationed at Maxwell for a short time in 1942.

Former Air University commander (1981-84) retired Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland initiated the concert tradition as a tribute to Glenn Miller in 1982. Miller, a U.S. Army Air Corps captain, and his band, "Maxwell's Rythmaires," performed a Christmas concert on the base in an aircraft hangar in 1942. Two years after this concert, Miller was ordered to France after the D-Day invasion. The plane he was traveling on encountered trouble over the English Channel, and he and the others aboard the flight were never heard from again. His Maxwell concert was the inspiration for an annual holiday concert tribute to him.

For more information, call (334) 953-1984 (pre-recorded message).

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