180 members of the Cyclone Marching Band will visit Normany, France, between June 2 – 6, to participate in ceremonies honoring American World War II veterans in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landing. The students will perform at the Omaha Beach Cemetery as well as in the town square of St. Mere Eglise, as part of the Salute to Liberation. Other notable performances will occur at the American Cemetery at Brittany and in the D-Day Memorial Parade.
The Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band was chosen as the only American musical ensemble to participate in this incredibly prestigious ceremony and will be representing the state of Iowa and the United States of America. The band was chosen through a competitive application process, and its selection was based upon the excellence and tradition of the entire band program at Iowa State University.
Following their time in Normandy, the band will travel to Paris to perform in the Jardin d’Acclimatation. The band is honored by the opportunity to perform in these capacities and to serve as Cyclone representatives of our nation. The Cyclone Marching Band is under the direction of Dr. Steve Smyth, Associate Director of Bands.