Paul Tanner dies: Last-surviving member of Glenn Miller Orchestra was 95
The last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra died Tuesday. Paul Tanner was 95-years-old when he succumbed to pneumonia, CNN reports.
Tanner first started performing with his family, touring the country during the great depression. After a performance, he was approached by Miller with an invitation to join his band. Tanner accepted, playing trombone in the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1938 until 1942. The band split when Miller joined the military and started a military band.
Following the split, Tanner became a studio musician in Hollywood, before taking a job teaching music at UCLA, where he stayed for 23 years. Tanner also developed the Electro-Theremin, also known as a Tannerin, an electronic instrument he used when he played on the Beach Boys song "Good Vibrations."
Tanner retired from teaching over 30 years ago, but according to his stepson, Dick Darnall, he still received letters from his students claiming that his class changed their life.
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