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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 13-Thursday, June 30th, 2011


Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 13
Thursday, June 30th Taconic HS, Pittsfield, MA-Show Day- Standstill

Our stop in Pittsfield is a historic drum corps and baseball stop. The Crossmen competed in drum corps shows here at the baseball stadium that is the site of our standstill this night for many tours in the past. We rehearse for the morning and afternoon blocks at Taconic HS, EPL and make our way to the stadium. The ball park is the home to the first organized collegiate baseball game in 1892. During those days games popped up between local towns as a new form of exercise and entertainment. Tonight's event is a fundraiser of sorts for a newly formed town drum corps called the Red Knights. Free admission, a raffle to raise money for Red Knight's uniforms and an opening performance by the 18 month old group kick off the evenings events. Tonight is a throwback to the roots of our activity. Crossmen are treated to a full ball park of enthusiastic spectators. I wish I had a video recorder on in order to record the ovation we received from the stands as the announcer says "From San Antonio, Texas- The Crossmen". We are definitly putting the city in front of many people this trip. Cory and Taylor tell me later that the sold anything that had both Crossmen and San Antonio on it.

My breif visit with the director of the Red Knights was filled with encouragement and appreciation for the job he has taken on. The members are a mixture of all ages and sizes but their hearts are big as giant's. God luck Red Knights. We hope to see you again someday. It will be fun to monitor your progress.

Time to loadup and head for Lynn, MA!

 

Posted by Fred Morrison on 30th June, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks
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