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June 11-14, 2020

2020 Glenn Miller Festival  - June 11-14, 2020

On the second weekend in June, visitors and entertainers from around the world converge on Clarinda, Iowa, the Birthplace of Glenn Miller, to celebrate the music and memory of the great American bandleader, trombonist, composer and arranger. Hear exciting bands from around the world topped off by the World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Enjoy the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum and the Birthplace Home, music scholarship competition, stage shows, picnics, dances, swing dance competition, historical displays, plus the fellowship of hundreds of Miller fans from around the world. The majority of concerts and programs take place at the Clarinda High School. 

The 2019 Glenn Miller Festival featured the following performances and events: 

  • World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

  • World-Renowned Tom Daugherty Orchestra

  • 4-time World-Champion Ragtime Piano Player, Adam Swanson

  • “Gooch” and His Las Vegas Big Band

  • Nebraska Brass Band

  • UNO Jazz Ensemble

  • GMBS Big Band

  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Music Scholarship Competition

  • Kick-off picnic

  • Free Concert on the Town Square

  • Festival dinner prior to the dance

  • Festival dance featuring the World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

  • Swing Dance competition

  • Michael Delaney “Female Bands on the Night Shift” presentation

  • Dennis Spragg, Glenn Miller Archives "1939 Glenn Found the Sound” presentation

  • GMBS Big Band Stage Show

  • Pancake breakfast and more!


  • Click HERE for 2019 festival memories.

Links to some of our favorite Bands and Orchestras

  • World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, led by Nick Hilscher – click HERE

  • World-Renowned Tom Daugherty Orchestra, led by Tom Daugherty - click HERE

  • 4-time World Champion Ragtime Piano player, Adam Swanson - click HERE

  • Nebraska Brass Band, led by Glenn Greet - click HERE

  • UNO Jazz Ensemble, led by Dr. Pete Madsen - click HERE

  • Gooch & His Las Vegas Big Band – click HERE

  • Bill Baker's Big Band, Rijswijk, The Netherlands – click HERE

  • Canadian Brass – click HERE

  • Tamana Girls High School Band - click HERE

  • Toronto All Star Big Band - click HERE

  • 312th United States Army Band, Lawrence, Kansas - click HERE

  • Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble- click HERE

  • Osaka Raiders Jazz Orchestra - click HERE

  • Key of Steam - click HERE

  • Blue Beginners, Japan - click HERE

  • Lady Luck Trio - click HERE

  • Swing Esquire Orchestra - click HERE

  • Des Moines Symphony String Section - click HERE

  • Hunter Fuerste & His American Vintage Orchestra - click HERE

  • Jack Million Band - click HERE

  • Jan Slottenas Orchestra - click HERE

  • Five by Design - click HERE

Call the Museum 712-542-2461 or Contact Us for more information.

The Glenn Miller Festival is officially endorsed by the Glenn Miller Estate.