The 2002 Glenn Miller Festival

The Classic Big Band performed twice at the 2002 Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa: for the dance held 8-12 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and the final picnic Sunday afternoon. In addition, Classic Big Band leader Dan Odegaard led the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Big Band and played lead trumpet for its Saturday morning performance.
Light blue banner: Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa Downtown Clarinda honors the town's most famous citizen with a street named in his honor. The corner of Main St. and Glenn Miller Ave. (16th St.)
The band played "Begin the Beguine" for a sound check before the Saturday dance. The trombone section plays with cup mutes.

Band members shown above warming up for the Saturday dance are pianist Norm Herzog; guitarist James Allen; bassist Donna Furst; trombonists (left to right) Al Sweet, Steve Supoci, and Dave Bray; drummer Dick Reimer; and trumpeter Bob Hallquist.

Glen plays Glenn's trombone. At Glenn Miller's birthplace, shown in the background, Bill and Michael Burton listen as Glen Newton plays Glenn Miller's trombone.

Before playing at Sunday's picnic, band members visited the Glenn Miller birthplace and the Clarinda museum, each of which included displays and artifacts related to Glenn Miller's personal life and musical career. One of the most interesting artifacts was Glenn Miller's trombone.

The Classic Big Band and Nostalgics Vocal Quartet's first CD, Sing It! Swing It!, was first available for sale Saturday, June 15, at the Glenn Miller Festival, and before the festival had ended, they had sold 50 copies.

Glen Newton's article about playing at the festival was published in the Summer 2003 issue of Strutters Quarterly.