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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 20-Thursday, July 7th, 2011



Visual guru Tom Acheson surveys his charges.
Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 20
Thursday, July 7th Tallmadge High School, Tallmadge, OH -Akron, OH Show Day

Our stay at Tallmadge HS was brief but very pleasant. The facilities here are gorgeous. The main part of the building is shaped like the Rotunda of the Capital Building in Washington. Our host band director, John Lenzo, told me that the rotunda is a great environment for special fund raising concerts that the band conducts during the year. John really went out of his way to make sure Crossmen had everything we needed for our rehearsal and daily logistics.Thanks for a great stay, John. Providing a home for the day for a World Class Drum Corps is extra work for band directors but most see it as an added benefit to their programs. Their students are often times inspired by our hard work during rehearsals. They see that that hard work translates into some pretty amazing stuff on the field. Practice converts to excellence. This is one of those life lessons that seeing is believing. Crossmen are happy to oblige.

We EPL after another short rehearsal day. The 30 minute ride to the stadium at the University of Akron was uneventful. We arrive in good order and Tour Director, Rico Gomez, lines up all of the nine ducks of the convoy in the parking lot.

The stadium is a great venue for a drum corps show. Bowl shaped and tall structure is the largest venue we have performed in to date. The sound here is perfect. I had the pleasure of watching a few corps with Crossmen tuba Jordan Schock from the fifty half way up the stands. Drum Corps this season is very fan friendly. We were both commenting on how engaging the shows are this year and how complete they are this early in the season. If you haven't gone to a show this year you owe yourself  a favor to attend one near you. You will really appreciate it.

After the encore by the host corps, the Bluecoats, and announcing of the scores, we load up and depart for Michigan.

Snare warm-up.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 7th July, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks
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