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75th Anniversary D-Day Announcement
August 17, 2017
The Longhorn Alumni Band 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France June 4-11, 2019
Announcement: August 17, 2017
Dear LHAB Members,
The Longhorn Alumni Band has been offered and has accepted an invitation to perform as the main musical ensemble for the 75th Anniversary Celebrations of D-Day in Normandy, France in June 2019. As you all know, the LHAB is the largest and proudest organization of its kind in the world, and now we continue to be recognized on the world stage. We will be performing special music and all required national anthems at both public wreath-laying ceremonies at the American Cemeteries at St. James and Omaha Beach. These are very special and incredibly moving ceremonies.
Below are the basic facts and details of the trip. We encourage you to consider joining us. For those who participated in the LHAB London trip, this trip will be much different, but like London, it will be incredibly rewarding. Our very own Mel Kusin (LHB baritone) was in Patton’s 3rd Army and participated in the first D-Day Anniversary Parade. Mel is going! This trip is also open to all LHB students, so the already great sound of the LHAB may get a big boost. LHB director Dr. Scott Hanna will be leading us, so get out your horn and start practicing!
The trip is organized by Historic Programs and you can see a video of past trips via the link below. Very shortly, you will receive an invitation packet containing registration and payment information from Chris Meeker with Historic Programs and we ask that you register by September 15, 2017. Your first payment is due October 1, 2017 (see below). Family and friends can go with us as guests, but only LHB and LHAB members will be performing. We will also create a link to the trip on our LHAB website that will contain additional information.
Bill Phillips Joe Dahlstrom Steering Committee - Chair LHAB President
Purpose and plan: Perform as the main musical ensemble at various ceremonies and parades honoring those who fought and died in Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944, at Normandy, France. This is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Countries involved include France, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.
Tentative Trip Dates and Performances 8 days 6 nights
Departure date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Arrival date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Air Travel: Fly into Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport) Immediately board transportation to Normandy It is too early to book airfare. You can book airfare on your own or through Historic Programs.
Performances: Normandy American Cemetery at Brittany Town Square, St. Mere Eglise Normandy Parade American Cemetery at Omaha Beach
Performances:Paris Luxembourg Gardens The American University
Departure date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport)
Note: different from London trip. Due to the highly limited access to Normandy, vehicle access is by permit only. Buses will be provided to all events while we are in Normandy until we return to Paris. Once we are back in Paris, your travel plans will be a bit more relaxed.
Per person costs: $2,047 Rooms double occupancy, plus airfare TBD $2,647 Rooms single occupancy, plus airfare TBD. If you want a room for one person, it is an additional $600.
Uniforms:Uniforms will likely be very nice specially designed Polo shirts, khaki pants, and cap. An additional charge will be required to purchase your shirt and cap.
Instruments: We will also incur a charge for shipping percussion, tubas, and other large instruments. That cost has not yet been determined.
What’s included? 6 nights first class accommodations 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners All coach transfers Guided tours, including Louvre and Eiffel Tower admissions Full-time escorts All tips, except bus drivers
Registration: Registration September 15, 2017. Expect registration forms to be available on or before September 1, 2017. Registration forms will provide payments schedule.
Payment schedule: Initial $250 deposit due October 1, 2017, followed by 11 monthly payments Payments can be by check or credit card
Refunds: There will be a schedule for amounts owed for cancellations at different times prior to the trip. Note: We highly recommended travel insurance for cancellations as we are not able to provide refunds.
Music: Special music will be provided, including the national anthems of the other countries.
Rehearsals: We will need to hold a few rehearsals prior to departure, the dates, times, and locations of which will be determined later. Rehearsals will likely be held in multiple locations.
Who Can Go With Us
Performers: LHB and LHAB players only, including flags No non-LHAB/LHB sub-ins
Guests: Yes, and they will follow the same booking procedure as those performing.
Big Bertha: NO, but will be with us in spirit.
Questions? Feel free to reach out to anyone of us on the Steering committee. Calls are OK, but email questions are best. Once our LHAB website has a Normandy Trip tab, we will direct all questions to a central location.
Normandy Steering Committee
Bill Phillips – Chair 972-740-2620 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Dahlstrom email@example.com
Sara Beth Purdy firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Lyn Peters 512-635-4028 email@example.com