D-Day 75 Memorial Wind Band Tour

The D-Day 75 Memorial Wind Band Tour will be a highlight of the D-Day 75 Memorial Concert at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial on June 6, 2019.


Wind bands and individual band performers from across the United States are invited to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Conducted by COLONEL ARNALD D. GABRIEL – Conductor Emeritus of the United States Air Force Band, and member of the United States Army’s 29th Infantry Division that fought in the Battle of Normandy – the mass band will rehearse in Paris, and present a concert there, in advance of the June 6 performance in Normandy.

Perform on the Beaches of Normady under D-Day Veteran and Retired Conductor of the United States Air Force Band, Col. Arnald D. Gabriel

Artistic Director: Col. Arnald D. Gabriel

Col. Arnald D. Gabriel retired from the United States Air Force in 1985 following a distinguished 36-year military career, at which time he was awarded his third Legion of Merit for his service to the United States Air Force and to music education throughout the country.


He served as Commander/Conductor of the internationally renowned U.S. Air Force Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Singing Sergeants from 1964 to 1985. In 1990, he was named the first Conductor Emeritus of the USAF Band at a special concert held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington,


Col. Gabriel served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from 1985 to 1995, as Conductor of the GMU Symphony Orchestra and as Chairman, Department of Music for eight of those years. In recognition of his ten years service to the university, he was named Professor Emeritus of Music.


A combat machine gunner with the United States Army’s famed 29th Infantry Division in Europe during WW II, Gabriel received two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the French Croix de Guerre.


Col. Gabriel’s professional honors include the very first Citation of Excellence awarded by the National Band Association, the Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic’s Gold Medal of Honor and its Distinguished Service to Music Award, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s New Millennium Lifetime Achievement Award and its rarely presented National Citation for “significant contributions to music in America”, Kappa Kappa Psi’s Distinguished Service to Music Award, Phi Beta Mu’s Outstanding Contribution to Bands Award, and the St. Cecilia Award from the University of Notre Dame.


Col. Gabriel was inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors, becoming the youngest person ever to have received this honor. He is also a Past President of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 2008, the US Air Force Band dedicated the Arnald D. Gabriel Hall in his honor, and Bands of America inducted Col Gabriel into its Hall of Fame. Col. Gabriel has performed in all 50 of the United States and in 50 countries around the world.

Tour Itinerary

Day One: Saturday, June 1, 2019

Depart via scheduled air service to Paris, France


Day Two: Sunday, June 2

Arrive in Paris
Meet tour manager who will give orientation of the logistics and schedule
Transfer to hotel
Evening welcome dinner and overnight


Day Three: Monday, June 3

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning Rehearsal
Lunch, on own
Tour of Paris artistique, including entrance to the Louvre, the world’s largest and greatest art museum
Evening Dinner at local restaurant
Evening Rehearsal


Day Four: Tuesday, June 4

Breakfast at the hotel
Half-day guided tour of Paris historique, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Place de la Bastille, and other highlights
Lunch, on own
Afternoon at leisure
Evening Dinner at local restaurant
Evening Concert


Day Five: Wednesday, June 5

Breakfast at the hotel followed by checkout
Morning at leisure
Lunch, on own
Transfer to Caen region
Late afternoon check-in, followed by dinner and overnight


Day Six: Thursday, June 6

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning at leisure
Lunch provided
Afternoon Concert
Evening dinner and overnight


Day Seven: Friday, June 7

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning excursion to Coleville and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony
at the American Cemetery, site of the June 6th Normandy Invasion
Lunch, on own
Afternoon transfer to Paris
Evening farewell dinner and overnight


Day Eight: Saturday, June 8

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Paris Airport for return flight

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D-Day Memorial Wind Band