SPRING TRAINING

A typical drum corps season begins at the end of May, while the first competition is usually held in mid to late June. During these few weeks prior to the corps' first competition, they are housed at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio, TX for what we call Spring Training

During this time, the corps will learn and prepare the production for the season. Every minute of these three weeks is valuable, as this is when 150 people from different parts of the country and the world become one world class cohesive unit. 

TRAVELING THE COUNTRY

Crossmen travel about 12,000 miles and have up to 35 performances each summer. These numbers are typically more when compared to the summer tour of a national recording artist. Our schedule is usually released just a few months before tour and is always subject to change. What is great about being located in San Antonio, TX is that our summer tour has the potential to change every year. Being centralized creates the possibility of doing a west coast, east coast, or midwest tour depending on the demands of the Drum Corps International (DCI) schedule. This is uncommon for most corps as they usually stick to the same schedule every year. 

The corps typically travels at night and utilizes a nine-vehicle convoy. Our convoy consist of four charter buses, two semi-trailers, one box truck with trailer, one RV with trailer and one 15-passenger van. Our members and instructional staff travel separately in the charter buses provided by ECHO Trailways. One semi-trailer transports our uniforms and equipment while the second transports our mobile kitchen that is used to prepare all of the meals for the corps. The RV is considered the corps' mobile office which also transports our administrative team, while our van is used for volunteer travel. The box truck and trailer is what the merchandise team uses to get down the road.  

We believe the safety of the membership and staff is very important and only hire the best drivers to do the job and abide by all the rules of the road. We have a world class fleet that is maintained properly throughout the summer. While most of our driving positions are hired positions, there are a few volunteer driver openings available for our RV, van, and box truck vehicles during the summer. If you are interested, please visit our VOLUNTEER PAGE for more information!

We know the hard work all of our members, staff, and volunteers put in every day, so the organization feels it is very important to take a few days off. At Crossmen, we make sure all members have a bit of free time and try to plan a "free day" or two without rehearsal in a major city for all to enjoy.

ACCOMMODATIONS 

Just like in the winter rehearsal camps, the corps sleeps mostly in the gym or auditorium area of various high schools and middle schools. If you are a fan, parent, or alum who works for a high school near a performance location and are interested to know more about housing the Crossmen Drum Corps, please contact the local show coordinator as well as Crossmen Tour Director, Rico Gomez at Rico@Crossmen.org

The Crossmen food truck is a mobile kitchen that provides the members, staff, and volunteers four meals a day. Our food truck relies heavily on the generous work of parents, alumni, and volunteers. If you are interested in helping the corps on their food truck please make sure to visit our VOLUNTEER PAGE.

Still have a questions about a summer on the road? Make sure to visit our FAQ page or CONTACT US via e-mail.

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