Glenn Muller Interview, October 29, 1990


Glenn Muller


Courtney Jones, Deena Larson, Mike Sears



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Glenn Muller recalls learning to play guitar and saxophone as a child because his parents and siblings also played instruments. He talks about playing in Air Force bands as a young adult during the era of big band jazz and swing music. Muller describes how playing in these groups led him to play in Dixieland jazz bands later on in his life. He discusses his admiration for New Orleans-based jazz masters such as Louis Armstrong, Melvin James “Sy” Oliver, and Willie Gary “Bunk” Johnson, and his own affinity for playing improvisational types of jazz music. Muller and his wife talk about the different venues that he and his band have played and how Dixieland jazz bands, with up to 16 members, differ from popular music groups of the 1980s and ‘90s.

Muller’s wife, Dorothy, participates occasionally throughout the interview.


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Document Type

Oral History


Jazz music; Dixieland jazz; Rhythm and blues; Country and western; Rock and roll; Jazz, History of; Dixieland tradition

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Missoula Musicians Oral History Project, OH 253, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 253-004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:02:14 minutes

Local Filename

OH_253_004.mp3; OH_253_004.pdf

Glenn Muller Interview, October 29, 1990