Each year they cover over a hundred thousand miles, working almost every night for 48 weeks in front of more than a half million people.
“Although this entails a LOT of traveling, the fact that I’m performing a live stage show and making music almost every night keeps me going,” said Hilscher. “It really is a wonderful life for those who are ‘made’ for such a thing.”
Opening for the most sought-after big band in the world is the jazz band from Lapel High School.
“We were asked by Ann Hardacre and I jumped at the chance,” said Greg Scott, band director for the school. “To me it is an extreme honor. We’ve always had a close association with the Paramount. We perform during the Festival of the Trees every year and used to stage our spring concert there when we didn’t have an auditorium.”
The jazz band plays during some basketball games, but mostly performs for local clubs and churches. Annually they host a dinner and performance in conjunction with the show choir to raise funds for community concerns.
“In this particular event, the students are going to be able to perform on stage, get a feel for what it’s like to be up there and then immediately watch the most famous big band in the country follow them,” he said. “Because our band is an extracurricular group, we don’t have time to do much jazz improvisation. Watching the Glenn Miller Orchestra will be a great experience for them.”
“I’ve worked in theatres since I was four years old and my husband and I were among the original group of people that decided to start restoring the Paramount,” said Hardacre. “It’s important to keep bringing things to the theatre that make people want to come in the doors.”