Don Glasser Orchestra
Theme: "You Call It Madness, I Call It Love"
Tagline: "Music Smooth As Glass"
b. August 28, 1920 in Derry, PA. d. April 26, 2004, Birmingham, AL. Age: 83.
Glasser gained a good deal of big band experience when he worked with the Ray Pearl, Jerry Gray and the Art Kassell orchestras. In 1938, Don started his first band in Derry, Pennsylvania but soon made Chicago his home base. The band toured extensively throughout the mid-west appearing at such notable venues as the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN and The Club in Birmingham, AL. Glasser often played on the East coast as well, with many engagements at the famed Roseland Ballroom in NY.
Don's wife, singer Lois Costello, leads the band. (Early in her career, Lois had been the vocalist with the Will Back orchestra.) In 1996 and 1997, Don and orchestra made Florida tours. They had a three week engagement at The Club in Birmingham following their 1997 Florida tour. They also did a midwest tour in 1997.
In private correspondence, Mr. Joseph Enroughty, President of the Guy Lombardo Society, wrote: "....(Glasser) started his most successful band in 1953 with his wife Lois Costello after having played in the bands of Art Kassel and Ray Pearl (where he met Lois, who was Ray's vocalist). He broke the attendance record at New York City 's Roseland Ballroom when over 3000 people showed up one night to listen and dance to his orchestra. He was also the last big band to broadcast over the CBS Radio Network in 1971. 95% of the band's arrangements were penned by Don and he was an excellent saxophonist and clarinetist with a style as distinct as Carmen Lombardo."
Thanks to Mr. Doug Booth and to Mr. J. Enroughty for this information on Don Glasser. From http://nfo.net/usa/g1.html (not currently available.)