June 6, 1944; forever known as “D-Day”, marked the Allied invasion of German-occupied France and the beginning of the Liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny.  In June of 2024, eighty years later, the “D-Day Commemoration Committee” and “International Salute to Liberation” will commemorate WWII and 80 years of Liberation, while saluting America’s war veterans, and our active military men and women and their families. These officially recognized events will feature America's outstanding performing ensembles and JROTC Units and music ensembles from throughout Europe in an unforgettable and historic tribute.  The Raritan High School Band Program will officially represent The United States in Normandy France in June of 2024.   This invitation is based on the band’s outstanding reputation and standing in the community. The students of Raritan have the Historic Programs' highest respect for their professionalism and dedication to our veterans.

Trip Dates

June 3, 2024-June 11, 2024

Highlights of the Trip

Performing at Multiple locations in Normandy to honor our fallen heroes 

Tribute at the American Cemetery ceremonies (Brittany and Omaha Beach)

Tours of French Landmarks in both Paris and France

Transportation, Hotel Accommodations, and Meals

 Security and Translators  

Items Needed

Instrument and Equipment Travel Cases

Uniform Travel Cases


Our goal is to make this opportunity a memorable and rewarding one not only for the students but for the Hazlet Community, the State of New Jersey, and the United States.  The price per student is approximately $6,000.00+ for equipment needed for the trip. We are asking for donors to help with this remarkable achievement. We are looking for funding and large raffle items to help fund this trip.

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