01.30.2006 // Glassmen 2006 European Tour Overview

Everyone has been asking - "So what's up with the GLASSMEN European Tour this summer?! " - and now's your chance to find out!

The GLASSMEN Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to officially announce the performance schedule for their historic trip to Europe in June of 2006. In celebration of their 45th Anniversary, the GLASSMEN will be spending fourteen days abroad on a tour of France, Belgium, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom bringing their unique style of concerts, ENTERTRAINMENT clinics and outdoor field performances to the fans "across the pond."

"This tour has been in the works for over eighteen months, and I am so excited to finally be able to share the details with everyone,"
stated Brian Hickman, GLASSMEN Executive Director. "More importantly, I think it is going to be an unforgettable performing and cultural experience for all of the young men and women of the corps."

After a six-hour journey over the Atlantic to Europe, the GLASSMEN will start their adventure in France with a unique indoor production as part of the Opening Ceremonies of the prestigious “Paris Country Festival”. Following the performance, the corps will head to downtown Paris to enjoy the sights and sounds of the famed “City of Light”.
Highlights of the afternoon will include the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and some evening time down along the Champs-Elysées.

From Paris, the corps will then travel outside of the city to historic Saint Quentin, France – home of the internationally renowned La Vaillante Show and Marching Band. In celebration of the band’s 100th Anniversary, the GLASSMEN will not only perform in a very special Anniversary Tattoo event, but join La Vaillante for a joint concert in the city center. The corps will conclude their travels through France with performances in seaside Calais, and as the special guests at the “Best of Bands Tattoo” in Lille; considered one of the premier pageantry events in France.

Moving north from France to Belgium, the corps will explore the Medieval Cities of Bruges and Antwerp, and perform in the annual Tattoo event in Meerhout. Just over the border from Belgium is the beautiful city of Dordrecht in The Netherlands - home to the Jubal Drum and Bugle Corps, and a vast and prolific Dutch drum corps community. The GLASSMEN performance at their "Evening with the Stars"
will not soon be forgotten!

Departing mainland Europe, the corps will travel to England for a historic collaboration with Muremo and some of the top groups from around the UK. In addition to presenting their noted ENTERTRAINMENT Clinic, the GLASSMEN will be featured in an all-star tattoo event as the first U.S. junior corps to perform in the United Kingdom in over eighteen years. This promises to be a very special evening for pageantry arts, and definitely an event not to be missed.

“We are so excited about what this means for the youth in the band and drum corps activity throughout England and Europe, and that the GLASSMEN could help make these events a reality,” remarked Jean Paul Ratajczak, President of Muremo.

After fourteen days of historic performances, celebratory events, and once in a lifetime cultural opportunities, the GLASSMEN will conclude their European tour in London, and travel back to the United States to rejoin the Drum Corps International tour on July 7th. Please watch for more details about specific performances, points of interest, and highlights of the GLASSMEN European Tour on this website in the coming months!