Drummer from Tulsa, veteran invited to perform at D-Day ceremonies in France

It’s been 80 years since D-Day, and commemorations will take place around the world on the anniversary this week.

George Tabor is a drummer with the City of Tulsa Pipes and Drums. He was invited to perform with other musicians from around the world at the D-Day anniversary ceremonies in France.

“Anytime I can do something for veterans, I’m right there,” he said.

George has been playing the drums for 19 years and now he has been given the opportunity to take his talents overseas.

He was invited to play in an international band as a bass player. He will be the only American in the band.

“I thought, ‘This has got to be one of the greatest things that could ever happen to anybody,’” he said.

And while he’s excited to make music, he knows these shows matter.

“It makes it that much more special to be able to play to honor those people who helped keep America free,” Tabor said.

For him, this is personal.

“I spent almost 23 years on active duty in the U.S. military,” he said.

His granddaughter, Rustie, is with him in France and says no one deserves this opportunity more.

“It’s so important to him. He’s a great veteran,” she said.

As his drumbeats echo across France, they help create a timeless tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought for freedom – something George wants people to remember.

“I just want the people of the United States to remember what happened on D-Day in 1944 and think about all the good things that have happened since then and the price we had to pay for the freedom we had we have it today.” Tabor said.

George’s band plays 12 times during his time in France before he flies home to Tulsa on June 11.