75th Anniversary D-Day Announcement

Longhorn Alumni Band

75thAnniversary D-Day

June 4-11, 2019

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.


Beloware the basic facts and details of the trip. We encourage you to considerjoining us. For those who participated in the LHAB London trip, this trip willbe much different, but like London, it will be incredibly rewarding. Our veryown Mel Kusin (LHB baritone) was in Patton’s 3rd Army andparticipated in the first D-Day Anniversary Parade. Mel is going! This trip isalso open to all LHB students, so the already great sound of the LHAB may get abig boost. LHB director Dr. Scott Hanna will be leading us, so get out yourhorn and start practicing!


Thetrip 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.  Itis too early to book airfare. You can book airfare on your own or through Historic Programs.

Accommodations:   Rooms are double occupancy

Video:  https://vimeo.com/135395629 

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: 

$2,047Rooms 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 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.



We will also incur a charge for shipping percussion,

tubas, and other large instruments. That cost has not yet

been determined.


What’s included?           

6nights 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 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 recommend travel insurance,as we are not able to provide refunds.



Special music will be provided, including the national anthems of other countries.


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



LHB and LHAB players only, including flags

No non-LHAB/LHBsub-ins



Yes,and they will follow the same booking procedure as those performing.


Big Bertha:                         

NO, but she will be with us in spirit.



Feel free to reach outto anyone of us on the Steering committee. Calls are OK, but email questions are best.  Once our LHAB website has a Normandy Triptab, we will direct all questions to a central location.


Normandy Steering Committee

Bill Phillips – Chair



Joe Dahlstrom


Sara Beth Purdy


Jo Lyn Peters



Scott Harmon


Heather Knolle


Scott Hanna



Band Day 2016 Info

Online Registration – Online registration at www.lhab.org

Mail-in Registration – Download PDF registration here

Friday Night – Friday, October 14, registration/checkin will begin at 5:30 pm in Saengerrunde Halle at Scholz Garten and our annual business meeting and playing rehearsal will begin at 7:00 pm.  

LHAB will have the Halle until midnight on the 14th and members will be allowed to purchase food and drink from Scholz’s and enjoy social time in the Halle. 

Game time – Kickoff has been set for 6PM. A complete schedule will be posted soon. 

Saturday Schedule – The schedule for Saturday will be posted as soon as we a kickoff time for the game.

Dates and Deadlines:

  • Oct 3rd – Deadline to order Guest Tickets
  • Oct 7th – Postmark deadline for mailed registrations
  • Oct 12th – Last Day to register on-line
  • Oct 14th – Business Meeting and Rehearsal at Scholz
  • Oct 15th – Band Day: ISU vs UT – Kickoff @ 6PM

LHAB London 2015 Live Q&A Session

Join us here on Wednesday, November 6th and Wednesday, November 13th from 8-9 PM CST for a live online information session! You will be able to submit your questions to our live blog and LHAB officers will be standing by to answer them within minutes.


LHAB 50th Coverage from Austin360

A good write-up from Michael Barnes on the 50th anniversary is available from Austin360.com. You can check it out here: http://www.austin360.com/weblogs/out-about/2013/aug/31/longhorn-alumni-band-50th-reunion/.

We are still collecting images, videos and posts for the 2013 Live Blog to provide a social gallery of the activities over the 50th reunion weekend. Make sure to check it out at http://www.lhab.org/live and if you add Twitter or Instagram updates, include the #lhab50 hash tag.

Additionally, The Alcalde and Keye TV covered news of our invitation to the London 2015 parade. You can check out the latest on the London trip at http://www.lhab.org/london.