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Films

     Notable films John played trumpet in:

1941 "Sun Valley Serenade"
Big band era classic "Sun Valley Serenade" is a romantic comedy nominated for 3 Oscars (Best cinematography, Black and White) (Best Music, Original Song) (Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture) Won Oscar for Best Music, Original Song
   
1942 "Orchestra Wives" (Glenn Miller Band)
A backstage drama showcasing the big band music of Glenn Miller and his orchestra.   Features the songs "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," "At Last," and "Serenade In Blue."  When Gene Morrison's band rolls into town, Connie Ward (Anne Rutherford) is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot (George Montogomery).  After marrying him, she travels with the band and their spouses learning about the life as an orchestra wife.  This film depicts a dramatization of actual lives of working musicians.
   
1953 "The Glenn Miller Story"
Glenn Miller's biography and his music that defined an era and got the whole world dancing to his new rhythm: Swing.   Won 3 Oscars for Best Sound, Recording; Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.
   
1955 "The Benny Goodman Story"
Benny Goodman's biography and his sweet swinging clarinet.  The highlight of this film is his 1938 jazz concert at Carnegie Hall, a significant turning point in American popular music.  Featured song "Sing, Sing, Sing" -- brilliant.
   
1976 "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars"
Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.
   
1985 "Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got"
Documentary about the life and music of the band leader and clarinetist, Artie Shaw.  Won Oscar for Best Documentary, Features in 1987 .
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