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Alan Glasscock began his interest in big band and swing music while still in elementary school, listening to such artists as The Andrews Sisters and Glenn Miller, even at that young age.

After taking up the piano, Glasscock attended the prestigious Arts Magnet High School in Dallas, TX. He recalls that many of his music instructors at that school were frustrated at his interest in jazz, as opposed to the standard Classical repertoire they insisted on. He certainly preferred boogie-woogie to Beethoven and Brahms! The same type of scenario paralleled Glenn Miller's head-butting with the Army Air Force's “old guard;” Miller wanted to play more modern music for our troops in the WW2 days besides the standard faire of Sousa marches. Both Glasscock and Miller eventually won their cases!

At the same time, his interests soon led him into the field of arranging after hearing the works of such arrangers as Jerry Gray, Bill Finegan, Paul Weston and Sy Oliver. He began putting together his own big band at the age of 18, because he was disappointed at the quality of big band music offered in his home town area of Dallas, TX. There were several big bands playing in the area offering dancers ballroom rhythms and some big band hits, but almost none of them played the authentic hits in their original recorded arrangements. Perhaps somewhat naively, Glasscock was determined to make a difference in the local big band scene...

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