Concordia Wind Orchestra International Tour: D-Day 75 | Music | Concordia University Irvine

D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration Tour

featuring the Concordia Wind Orchestra and Dr. Tom Mueller, organ


Registration for the Companion Tour is now closed. Please contact if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.

Land-only travelers are still being accepted. They will have to arrange their own air travel. There is one available full tour including airfare (first-come, first-serve).

Contact if you have questions.

Please consider joining us for this unforgettable experience. The companion tour is an extra bus joining the Concordia Wind Orchestra tour. Companions enjoy the fellowship of a great travel group with all arrangements cared for by our travel company. The companion tour will take you to the beaches of Normandy on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the base of the Eiffel Tower for a concert in the park, some of the most majestic cathedrals in Europe, one of the most hallowed grounds on the face of the earth - the American Cemetery in Normandy, and some of the most meaningful sites and experiences in each city we visit.

This will be an experience of a lifetime with great company as we join the final major living history commemoration of D-Day.

Your Tour Hosts

Dr. Jeff Held - Conductor of the Concordia Wind Orchestra; Asst. Dean - School of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Tom Mueller - University Organist and music historian
Dr. Terry Olson - Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, U.S. Navy Veteran - VFA 192 AMS (Atsugi, Japan 1991-1994)
Prof. Justin Solis - Adjunct Professor, specialist in European history
Ron Nelson - Music Education Outreach Specialist, Veteran-298th U.S. Army Band (Berlin, 1977-1980)

Summary of destinations

  • 2 days/3 nights - Paris
  • 2 days/2 nights - Caen (Normandy), during 75th anniversary of D-Day
  • lunch in Amiens, France
  • evening/morning - Mechelen, Belgium/li>
  • afternoon/evening - Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2 days/2 nights - Amsterdam area

Attraction Highlights

  • Musée de l'Armée, Paris
  • Louvre Museum, Paris
  • Paris historique, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs-Élysées, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Place de la Bastille
  • picnic concert at Champ de Mars (near Eiffel Tower)
  • Wreath laying ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery
  • Numerous D-Day sites
  • concert at Omaha Beach on D-Day
  • midday visit to Amiens, France
  • climb the St. Rumbold's Tower (Mechelen), view masterpieces by Van Dyck and Rubens at St. Rumbold's and St. John's churches
  • Kazerne Dossin Holocaust Memorial (SS-Sammellager)
  • organ and wind orchestra concert: St. Rumbold's cathedral
  • Rotterdam: Markthal, "The Cool District" and concert in Laurenskirk
  • Monnickendam: concert at Grote Kerk
  • Amsterdam: Begijnhof, Bloemenmarkt, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum
  • Zaanse Schans

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