Denver and the Mile High Orchestra performs at Tabor

Tabor College hosted Denver Bierman and the Mile High Orchestra in Richert Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 30, for a one-night performance of their popular Christmas show.

Considered by many as America’s premiere Christian big band, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra Christmas Show combines nostalgic holiday classics, inspirational original music.

“This is the holiday event that is perfect for the whole family, and a great reminder of the redeeming love of Jesus Christ, the real reason we celebrate Christmas,” Bierman said.

No stranger to Tabor, Bierman led an interactive chapel program Aug. 26 as part of the college’s Nachtigal Lecture Series. While visiting with Tabor music staff, Bierman asked about hosting him and the Mile High Orchestra for an additional performance during their cross-country tour.

It didn’t take long for Tabor to say yes.

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra impressed a national audience when they made the finale of the FOX-TV “American Idol” spin-off, “The Next Great American Band.” The band has generated praise and a devoted fan base from Greece to Hollywood, having played the Summer Olympics in Athens and the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Through the years, members of the band have played for artists such as The Who, Kelly Clarkson, Donna Summer, as well Christian artists such as Mercy Me, Matthew West, Jaci Velasquez and Avalon to name a few. With fans of all ages, the band continues to live up to what they feel they were called to be: an inspiration for the whole family.

“We’ve never really been a mainstream, pop radio band, we’ve just tried to be a band that everybody could enjoy – a band for the American family,” Bierman said. “There’s nothing like being with people in that moment with you, involved with you, inspired by your songs.”

The Nashville-based horn band currently has two different television shows in development, as well as multiple recording projects on the horizon.

“After 16 years with DMHO, we are beginning to realize some of the dreams God had given me for this group back in the very beginning,” Bierman said. “I’ve never been more excited about what is to come.”