Glenn Miller Orchestra trombonist Paul Tanner dies at 95

By Camille Requiestas,

On Tuesday, Paul Tanner, a trombonist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, died in Carlsbad, California at age 95.

Tanner was the last surviving member of Glenn Miller Orchestra, according to CNN .

The Associated Press reports that his stepson, Douglas Darnall, stated in an interview that the cause of death was pneumonia.

Tanner was born into a family of musicians in Skunk Hollow, Kentucky, in 1917.
He was scouted by Miller and was asked to join the band.

During his lifetime, he taught music at UCLA for 23 years and worked with the ABC Orchestra, where he had the honor of playing with musicians such as Andre Previn, Arturo Toscanani and Leonard Bernstein.

Tanner developed a keyboard-style electronic instrument called the Electro-Theremin. Its sound is most recognized in the Beach Boys song “Good Vibrations,” as well as several other recordings.

His wife, Jeanette Tanner, says her husband did not create the instrument, “he enhanced on it and made it easier to play.”



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