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For 40 years, the Crossmen have enriched and shaped the lives of young musicians through music education and the performing arts. The 2014 Drum Corps International summer tour represents Crossmen's 40th competitive season. Follow along as Crossmen Executive Director and Corps Director, Fred Morrison, records the daily highlights of the Crossmen Alma Gitana Tour.


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Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 11-Tuesday June 28th

Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 11
Tuesday, June 28th Fort Ann Central HS, Fort Ann, NY-Rehearsal Day

Our housing site at Fort Ann HS is very familiar to the Crossmen. We have stayed there as long as I can remember us performing in the nostalgic Fort Edward Show. Our contact, Pete Bly always goes the extra mile for us. Whether it is trips to the store, locating a handy man for welding work, trips to the local medical center or any other chore we come across Pete is there to lend a helping hand. The only bad thing we heard this trip is that Pete just retired and won’t be at the school the next time we are there for a visit. Pete is planning his lifelong dream of hiking the Appalachian trail from Georgia to Maine. The journey will take 4.5 months. Good luck Pete!

A tradition that Pete has a hand in is preparing a pancake breakfast for the Crossmen on the morning of our arrival. It is a welcome break for the food crew. The great aroma coming from the Fort Ann HS kitchen gets my attention as the sun rises on another gorgeous cool day. The Crossmen members are excited to receive the gift of a sit down breakfast in the cafeteria of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, chocolate milk and orange juice.

We are rehearsing in a beautiful green country environment. The day goes smoothly with changes to music and drill implemented by the staff. The evening brings a sudden thunder storm and buckets of rain. No worries though as we planned a night of video watching by the corps. The last performance was taped for this purpose. It is rare that the members get to see themselves on the field performing their show. The video gave them a chance to see where they can improve their personal performance. This is not unlike a football team studying film of the last game. We believe that the exercise is valuable. Lights out at 11 brings a welcome 8 hours on the floor of uninterrupted sleep. Good night Crossmen. Rest well.

One of the latest additions to the Crossmen equipment pool is a new Yamaha Rhino. The Rhino replaces the old golf cart and has turned out to be a well suited addition to the corps.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 28th June, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks

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