D-Day 75 Normandy Parade

The D-Day 75 Normandy Parade will be a highlight of the musical events commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019. Marching bands from across the United States are invited to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience to march on the beaches of Normandy for enthusiastic crowds lining the streets of these historic towns.


In addition to your experience in Normandy, your ensemble will also have the opportunity to explore and perform in Paris. The French love and support both traditional and contemporary musical performances. Paris was “second Vienna” for French musicians and composers including Berlioz, Auger, Gounod, Saint-Saens, Franck, Faure, Ravel, Debussy, and many others. Your concert tour is truly enriched with your surroundings of art history, architecture, and beauty that is best experienced “first hand.”

Imagine Your Ensemble Performing Along the Beaches of Normandy On The D-Day Anniversary


Sample Itinerary

Caen / Paris


Day One: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

  • Depart via scheduled air service to Paris, France


Day Two: Wednesday, June 5

  • Arrive in Paris
  • Transfer to Caen region
  • Lunch, on own
  • Evening welcome dinner and overnight


Day Three: Thursday, June 6

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 10:30 AM  –  Morning wreath laying at the monument of the 29th Infantry Division
  • 11:00 AM  –  “Stand and blow” in Vierville-sur-Mer by the marching bands on the terrace below the National Guard Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach
  • Lunch provided
  • Afternoon Performance
  • 2:00 PM  –  Marching Bands start the parade – marching on the two way street along Omaha Beach from Vierville-sur-Mer to Saint Laurent-sur-Mer
  • 3:00 PM  –  Attend the concert by the D-Day Wind Band in front of the 1st Army Monument
  • Evening dinner and overnight


Day Four: Friday, June 7

  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by checkout
  • 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 dinner and overnight


Day Five: Saturday, June 8

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Half day guided tour of Paris historique, including Notre Dame Cathedral,
    Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde,
    Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Latin Quarter, Place de la Bastille, etc.
  • Lunch, on own
  • Afternoon Performance (Trocadero or Champs de Mars)*
  • Evening dinner at local restaurant, and overnight


Day Six: Sunday, June 9

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning guided tour to Versailles Palace. This palace is the creation of the
    French monarchy at the moment of its greatest splendor. Consisting of the
    great palace, the gardens and the Trianons, it is a wonderfully harmonious
    composition of building and landscape, the definitive monument of French
  • Lunch, on own
  • Afternoon Performance (Place de Nation or Jardins de Luxembourg)*
  • Evening dinner at a local restaurant


Day Seven: Monday, June 10

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Tour of Paris artistique, including entrance to the Louvre, the world’s largest and greatest art museum
  • Lunch, on own
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Evening farewell dinner at a local restaurant
  • Enjoy a nighttime cruise along the Seine river with Bateaux Mouche


Day Eight: Tuesday, June 11

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Paris Airport for return flight