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Big bands face off at Stambaugh

The Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey orchestras will re-create the swing-era Battle of the Bands events with a concert Wednesday at Stambaugh Auditorium.

The two bands will be side by side on stage in a back-and-forth competition that showcases jazz, swing and standards from the 1930s and ’40s.

The current Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring constantly for more than 60 years, playing an average of 300 live dates a year.

Nick Hilscher is the music director, and the band continues the legacy of Miller’s music. The bandleader, who joined the military at the peak of his musical career during World War II and died in a plane crash in 1944, is best known for such songs as “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo,” “Tuxedo Junction” and “Little Brown Jug.”

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra performs the music of the jazz trombone player and band leader remembered for such songs as “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “Opus One,” “On Treasure Island” and “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.”

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Tickets range from $20 to $80 and are available at the Stambaugh box office and online at stambaughaudito rium.com and by calling 330-259-0555.

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