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D-Day Anniversary Tour

Normandy, France

Annually in June

Directors' familiarization trips are available. Please contact us for details.

Normandy France
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Web: MusicFestivals.com

Email: Contact Us

Mail: Gateway Music Festivals & Tours, Inc.
PO Box 1165
Monticello, MN 55362 USA

Phone: 1-800-331-8579

If you are interested in entering your band in the D-Day Anniversary festivities, please request an information packet!

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D-Day Anniversary, Normandy, France June 6, 1944 bears the weight of tremendous sacrifice and courage shown by the Allied Forces who stormed the beaches of Normandy; it marks the date of young lives lost and the beginning of the long road to peace at the end of World War II. Just as music far exceeds the sum of its rhythmic and tonal parts, this date, D-Day, marks much more than a past-tense event that exists only between the covers of textbooks. This concert series is your opportunity to use music to awaken history. What better way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of this moment than to make the swell of music heard above the memory of artillery fire on the very spot where this battle took place? This salute is a chance to wage peace in the place of war.

Allowing music to enrich history and vice versa, this memorial concert series offers the opportunity to perform at the Omaha Beach Memorial and to understand that site's events as they are situated in the rich cultural past of France. Through this unique lens, your experiences of such other landmarks as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Chateau de Versailles, and the Louvre will reach meaning not available to the everyday tourist.

sss Three nights in Normandy and three nights in Paris afford you the opportunity to lend your music to villages celebrating their liberation, to perform in Paris, and to feed your wanderlust by seeing the best of France with opportunities to visit other European destinations as well!

Comments From Past Participants

"This highly customized tour for the Holland American Legion Band was a great success and exceeded my expectations! Our concerts in the Netherlands were extremely meaningful and rewarding for all involved. Gateway provided all the performance experiences we wished to include and great sight-seeing opportunities as well. The 65th D-Day Anniversary tour was such a wonderful experience that we will consider doing another major trip in the next few years."
Mr. Thom Working, Director
Holland American Legion Band
Holland, Michigan

"The 60th D-Day Anniversary Tour was additional evidence to the power of music. Our preparation for the tour created a tremendous sense of unity, understanding and gratitude."
Dr. David C. Fullmer
Assistant Professor of Music, Utah Valley State College
Director of Bands, Timpview High School
President, Utah Music Educators Association

Related Events

A band's visit to France for the D-Day Anniversary provides additional opportunities for performances and educational tours. Extensions of the itinerary could include:
• England (London and Portsmouth)
• Holland (Operation Market Garden in Arnhem)
• Belgium (Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne and Luxembourg)

Future Dates

June 2014 - 70th Anniversary
June 2015
June 2016
(D-Day is June 6 and commemorative events are held each year.)

For More Information

Web: MusicFestivals.com

Email: Contact Us
Mail: Gateway Music Festivals & Tours, Inc., PO Box 1165, Monticello, MN 55362 USA
Phone: 1-800-331-8579

If you are interested in entering your band in the D-Day Anniversary festivities, please request an information packet!



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