Monroe Area Council for the Arts will present the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra at Barker Auditorium, Hiwassee College in Madisonville for a special matinee performance on May 19 at 3:30 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been on the road longer and more continuously than any other Big Band, traveling over 100,000 miles, playing nearly 300 dates, and entertaining more than 500,000 people each year. Add a repertoire that exceeds 1,700 compositions and it’s easy to see how the band remains popular with both old and young fans. In 1941, when Glenn Miller’s rendition of Chattanooga Choo Choo received the first Gold Record ever awarded, the seemingly unstoppable orchestra had more hit records in a single year than anyone in the history of the recording industry. But in 1942, at the height of the orchestra’s popularity, Glenn Miller disbanded the organization and volunteered for the U.S. Army. On Dec. 15, 1944, Major Miller, flying in a single-engine plane, left England for France and was never seen again. The Miller estate later acknowledged popular demand and authorized the formation of the current Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956. To this day, The Glenn Miller Orchestra is still the most sought after Big Band in the world.