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GMBS Music Scholarship program fundraising dinner event will be held on February 11, 2023; appetizers at 5:30 with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. We will have a selection of wines to go with dinner or you can bring your own.  The event is an elegant catered meal by the Garrison. Dinner choices are: broccoli stuffed chicken OR smoked porkchops. Both choices served with dinner salad, potato, veggies, rolls and dessert.

The tables are decorated by Clarinda ladies who bring out their best China and stemware to create uniquely beautiful table settings.

The evening's entertainment will be provided by the GMBS Music Scholarship competition 1st place vocal winner at the June 2022 GMBS yearly festival, Oliviana Marie. Oliviana wowed the judges and audience during the competition, and we are very blessed to have her perform during this event. Oliviana Marie is an accomplished vocal singer, song writer and composer. She is a rising sophomore studying Composition at USC’s Thornton School of Music.  She has written 4 award winning musicals. The most recent, CORONA’S CABARET: An Act of Destruction (book/ music/ lyrics) where Oliviana portrayed the Coronavirus as a nightclub singer debuting her “act” was the winner of PLAYBILL’S Virtual Theatre Festival. During her freshman year Oliviana scored two short films (AFI and Concordia University), participated in Salastina’s Sounds Promising program (mentored by Derrick Skye) Pasadena Chorale’s Listening to the Future (mentored by Saunder Choi) The Los Angeles Music Center's Swing Out (Mentored by Ron Wilkins), was the associate MD for a USC student run production of The Addams Family, and assisted director Alberto Arvelo and conductor Gustavo Dudamel (writing all the staging into the orchestral score) for the LA Phil/ Deaf West production of Fidelio. As a songwriter Oliviana was recognized by the Marvin Hamlisch International Awards for her R & B and Jazz compositions. She plays the piano and trumpet and as a vocalist Oliviana was this year’s first place vocal winner of The Glenn Miller Music Scholarship.

Tickets are $40.00 per person and can be ordered by calling the Museum at 712-542-2461 or stop at the Museum at 122 W. Clark Street to pick up your tickets.  See you all on February 11, 2023!


The 2023 GMBS Music Scholarship Competition will be held on June 8th, 2023 during our yearly festival. Applications, instructions and forms can be found here:

Since 1977, the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society has honored the music and memory of Glenn Miller by offering an annual scholarship competition open to high school seniors and college freshmen who intend to make music a part of their future. Students from across the country apply for the scholarship and vocal 10 semi-finalists, and 10 instrumental semi-finalists are chosen to compete at the Glenn Miller Festival. Three winners are selected from each category and perform at the Stage Show the next day during the festival. The Glenn Miller Society awards a total of $12,000 in scholarships each year. 


Scholarships are funded in part by:

1st place vocal scholarship sponsor:

Jan Eberle Schaberg – GMBS Ray Eberle Vocal Scholarship of $3,000 is given in honor of Ray Eberle, the “boy singer” with the Glenn Miller Orchestra during the Big Band Era. Jan is Ray’s daughter.


2nd place vocal scholarship sponsor:

Bonnie Brewster – GMBS Ralph Brewster Vocal Scholarship is based on a substantial gift made to the GMBS in memory of Ralph Brewster, who was a member of the “Modernaires” vocal group which sang for years with Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. The bequest was made at his request and his wife, Bonnie. This scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to the 2nd place vocal winner.

​3rd place vocal scholarship sponsor:

Jane Kelley – GMBS Jack & Harriet Pullan Vocal Scholarship - $1,000 is awarded to the 3rd place vocal winner. Jane Kelley finances this award to honor her father and mother.


Instrumental scholarships sponsor:

The Ed & Judy Polic family.

For more information Contact the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum

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