D-Day 70 Concerts

Instrumental Newsletter #1 – Colonel Clarence “Bud” Anderson; American Celebration of Music in France


“Oh, wow!”

Those were the simple yet perfectly-appropriate words exclaimed by Clarence “Bud” Anderson on June 5th, 1944, as he flew his P-51 Mustang – affectionately called “Old Crow” (after the whiskey of the same name) – over thousands of ships preparing to make their way to the coast of Normandy, France for the greatest invasion in history. Col. Anderson was heading back to his base in England after a mission over the beach at Calais to distract the Germans from the true site of the Allied invasion.

Colonel Anderson was one of leading Aces of World War II, with 16 1/4 victories. By the end of the war, he flew Old Crow on 116 missions and was never hit by enemy fire.

Following the war, he served as a test pilot, led a squadron in Korea, and at age 48 flew in Vietnam as a wing commander against Communist supply lines.

Colonel Anderson retired in March 1972 having been decorated 25 times during his 30 years of service. His honors include two Legion of Merit awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross with four Oak Leaf Clusters, a Bronze Star, an Air Medal with 15 Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Croix de Guerre.

Click on the video below to watch a brief tribute to Colonel Anderson, courtesy of the American Veterans Center.

Colonel Clarence Bud Anderson Tribute Video

About D-Day 70 Concerts

2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion and Liberation of France from Nazi Germany during World War II.  On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the greatest military invasion in known history commenced on the northwestern shores of France, marking the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler’s tyrannical regime.

Music Celebrations International is pleased to present D-Day 70 Concerts, the formal production of musical performances to take place throughout 2014 in France and Washington, D.C. to memorialize this solemn anniversary, and to celebrate the many freedoms enjoyed by the world today – thanks to the men and women who served, fought and gave their lives during this pivotal moment in human history.

Music Celebrations is pleased to have the support of the American Veterans Center and recognition from local officials in Normandy and Paris. In addition to producing hundreds of concerts for music ensembles, several large scale musical productions will take place on D-Day and throughout the year.


The American Celebration of Music is a special annual performance-tour program, co-sponsored by local governments, music associations, community organizations, and tourist boards around the globe.

In 2014, this unique concert series will be part of the 70th Anniversary Commemorations of D-Day: The Battle of Normandy and the Liberation of France. Bands and orchestras that are invited will be recognized in France for their participation in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

There are many historically important landmarks in Paris and Normandy where choirs will be able to pay musical tribute to the thousands of Americans who never returned to America, having given their all for the present freedom of Europe and our country. A short list includes:

  • La Madeleine (Paris)
  • Eglise de St Germaine des Prés (Paris)
  • Jardins du Luxembourg (Paris)
  • La Trinite (Paris)
  • American Cemetery (Normandy)
  • Parish Church (Saint-Aubin sur Mer)
  • Abbey of Saint-Etienne (Caen)

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