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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 12-Wednesday, June 29th, 2011


Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 12
Wednesday, June 29th Fort Ann Central HS, Fort Ann, NY-Show Day


We wake to another gorgeous sunny cool day in upstate NY. Fort Ann is close to the vacation spot of Lake George. The scenery is pretty spectacular. The rolling green hills with tall mature trees surround us. The soaking rain from last night broke to a partly cloudy pleasant dry day. The rehearsal today flies by. Before we know it we are doing the EPL dance and driving to nearby Fort Edward. Our friend Pete and the Fort Ann school nurse, Tina ride with us in the Mobile Command Center to the show. It was during this ride that Pete told us his fantasy retirement job would be working on the Crossmen chuck wagon. Pete you have a deal! We would love to have your positive can do attitude with us at all times.

We unload on one of the side streets in an industrial area of Ft. Edward. The warm up gets underway.

We are all excited about the possibility of ice cream at our favorite stop on tour "Frozen Dreams" as Justin, Joe and I attend to our show ritual of walking and timing the distance to the gate. I can taste the hot fudge sundae just thinking about it. We visit with DCI show coordinator and former Crossmen Drum Major, Jill Moyer, as she gives us the lay of the land at the converted baseball stadium we are performing at this night. The temperature is dropping into the high sixties as the sun sets.

Tonight's performance is again well received by the audience. People just love our selections and arrangements this year. One man stopped me afterwards and told me, "Your music is beautiful! There were people in tears around me in the grandstands! We love it." I know what he means. Our ballad Hallelujah has given me goose bumps since I heard it performed by our brass for the first time back in November. If you haven't heard or seen the Crossmen yet this year, you are in for a real treat.

We load and depart for our next tour stop in Pittsfield, MA after snack. It is a short haul that is under 130 miles to Pittsfield. We file another notch on our belts in the daily battle that is tour. I am so pleased with our staff and membership words can't express the emotions it gives me. This has been a real pleasure so far.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 29th June, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks
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