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Transcript of Ballroom Renovation
"The ballroom hasn't received any substantial renovations for 60 years, since it was built. For a lot of our visitors to campus, their main interactions are sporting events or events in the ballroom. So we really represent the face of the university to a lot of people. We want to make sure we are up to par with the caliber of the rest of campus."
- Carlos García,
UMC Executive Director
Grand Re-Opening January 2015
Renovation May 2014
In 1947, Colorado Governor Lee Knous proclaimed the planned University of Colorado student union a memorial to “those who served in these great wars.” After statewide fundraising efforts, the University Memorial Center opened its doors in September 1953 with President Robert L. Stearns presiding over the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
GLENN MILLER BALLROOM
Who was Glenn Miller?
Sneak Peek at the New Design!
The Glenn Miller Ballroom opened in 1953, the same time as the UMC! Much of today's ballroom is similar to what it was over 60 years ago and many aspects are in need of updating.
As summer approaches, we will say goodbye to the old Glenn Miller Ballroom and welcome its renovation. Its rich and exciting history will continue with updated features and a new catering kitchen to serve the campus and community.
Join us throughout the journey!
Renovation begins May 19
Musician, veteran & CU Doctorate of Human Letters
Glenn Miller attended the University of Colorado Boulder for a short period and left to pursue his musical career. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces (Captain) in 1942 and used his musical talents to boost morale for those enlisted and to recruit for the aviation branch of the Army. In December 1944, while flying from Bedford (UK) to Paris in bad weather, Captain Miller’s plane disappeared, most likely over the English Channel.
Glenn Miller Ballroom
History of the UMC
Glenn Miller is well-known for his songs, including his first “gold record” for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”. His big band music is still heard today throughout the world and as performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. To learn more about Glenn Miller, his music, and his service, visit the Glenn Miller Archive
, hosted by CU Boulder.
• A complete facelift, including walls, ceiling and stage.
• Skylights for better daytime lighting.
• New sound systems, updated lighting and speaker support.
• New soundproof partitions, allowing all three wings of the ballroom to be used simultaneously.
• Upgraded catering kitchen, allowing for unique menu options.
• The HVAC system replaced for better efficiency.
The Glenn Miller Ballroom opened on September 19, 1953 with Glenn Miller’s mother and sister attending the dedication.
It has hosted dances, student orientations, graduations, weddings, conferences, speakers, and performers. The impressive list of entertainers includes B.B. King, The Association, Warren Zevon, Carla Bonhoff, Taj Mahal, The Band, Chubby Checker, Del Shannon,
The Grass Roots, Don McClean, Stanley Turrentine, Les McCann, Tommy Bolin, Zephyr, Firefall, Woody Herman, Chuck Mangione, Steve Miller, and Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
Renovations and expansions to the UMC occurred in 1964, 1986, 2000, and 2010. However, the ballroom has remained relatively untouched in its 60 years.
During the renovation, the Ballroom, Aspen Rooms, and associated corridor will be closed to the public (see map). Need to book other space in the UMC or on campus for your event? Our Events Planning & Catering office is here to assist you: 303-492-8833.
WHAT DOES THE BALLROOM OFFER?
• Social Events
• Cultural Events
• Corporate Events
Coming January 2015!
Renovation under way at the UMC
History of the UMC
The UMC remains the heart of campus and the gathering place of choice for CU students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. Over 10,000 people visit the UMC each day, whether to study, eat, meet friends and colleagues, attend an event, engage in a leadership program, play bowling or billiards, buy books and CU gear, bank, or just relax. In 2013, the UMC was rededicated as the State of Colorado’s Veteran’s Memorial, continuing to honor those who have served our country and those who sacrificed their lives.