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DeKalb Municipal Band could perform in France next year

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DeKalb Municipal Band director Kirk Lundbeck conducts the band on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
Shaw Media file photo DeKalb Municipal Band director Kirk Lundbeck conducts the band on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

DeKALB – The maestro gave his musicians, accomplished as they are, long odds to get invited to star in a historic performance.

The beauty of music, he was reminded, are the unexpected turns.

Kirk Lundbeck, conductor of the DeKalb Municipal Band, said he knew the odds weren't in his favor when he applied for the band to perform in Normandy, France, next year for the 75th anniversary of the historic D-Day invasion.

But in June, after submitting video clips, audio files and other documentation about the band to the music selection committee for the event, Lundbeck received word the band had been chosen to represent the U.S. in the weeklong commemoration.

"It's an honor and a big deal," Lundbeck said. "We're all in, and the band wants to go."

The event will be from June 3 to 10, 2018. There will be four concerts during the eight-day stay, and the band would be invited to all of the commemorative events, Lundbeck said.

Lundbeck said he tried to keep the situation under wraps when he started the application process in April, because of the unlikelihood of being accepted, which he compared to buying a winning lottery ticket.

After receiving the invitation, however, Lundbeck asked his band's members during the Fourth of July performance if they were interested in going to France to perform next year. Every band member raised their hand.

Since the trip will be expensive, Lundbeck said he will look into sponsorships and fundraisers to help finance the opportunity. He said that in the next six to eight weeks, he will update the band's website with ways the public can donate.

"We're going to do everything we can to make this happen," Lundbeck said.

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