It’s more than 70 years since Glenn Miller went missing in World War II. The famous American bandleader, trombonist, composer and arranger disappeared while directing the Glenn Miller AAF Band during World War II. He was age 40.

But he and his music still remembered around the world, and especially in his birthplace Clarinda, Iowa.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Festival. On the second weekend in June, visitors and entertainers from around the world converge to celebrate the music and memory of Glenn Miller. They come to hear bands from around the world, including Glenn Miller Orchestra, play Miller’s music. There are stage shows; picnics; dances; historical displays; plus the fellowship of hundreds of Miller fans from around the world.

One can also visit the new Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum and the Birthplace Home.