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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 21-Friday, July 8th, 2011

Guard Action from Bowling Green
Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 21
Friday, July 8th Woodhaven High School, Flatrock, MI -Bowling Green, OH-Show Day

Crossmen have been blessed with some pretty amazing weather this tour. The three weeks since the departure from Blossom are the best I have witnessed on tour since the move to Texas 5 years ago. We are greeted with another cool dry morning as I make my way around the facility grounds at dawn. This is the quietest part of the day. My internal alarm clock seems to always rouse me one hour prior to scheduled corps wake up no matter how long we have been motionless at the new found housing site. Woodhaven HS in Flatrock, Michigan is our new home for the day's preparation for the show in Bowling Green, OH. The sprawling grounds are perfect for our needs. The coffee pot is brewing as Jeff and crew are preparing the morning meal. I unlock the new Crossmen cargo trailer for the scaffolding crew and the "Music Store" for the field lining crew so that they can go about their morning chores when they wake. The food crew, scaffolding crew and the field lining crew wake 45 minutes to one hour before the corps depending on the extent of their responsibilities.

Today is Crossmen Post Office Day also. The Gus's are here with the Post Office tent, packages and treats of Gatorade, bottled water, crackers chips and more. Bob and Wendy load up their vehicle at their home near Cincinnatti and drive to our housing site bringing all of the mail drop items and the treats provided at their own expense. This is a wonderful service to the members. They also provide paper, envelopes and stamps for those that wish to mail a letter to a loved one. The Gustafson's have grown children that marched in the Crossmen or taught here 4 and more years ago. We really love seeing their smiling faces. Wendy and Bob are thrilled with how the Crossmen are doing this summer. They would be here no matter what though. Their loyalty is very refreshing. They are a family we know we can always depend on. Bob and Wendy, Thank you for your service to your drum corps.

Our show tonight is hosted by the Glassmen. It will be nice to visit with Glassmen Corps Director, Brian Hickman, tonight as we haven't seen the Glassmen since we swung through Ohio earlier in this tour. Brian and the Glassmen always do a great job hosting shows. We always have nice housing sites and great stadium venues. Tonight will be no different.

The hour ride to the Bowling Green Ohio Stadium is time that the Crossmen members use to mentally prepare for tonight's show. We are scheduled to perform second in the seven corps line up. We will see the Colts and Teal Sound for the first time tonight and Glassmen for the second time this young tour.

The convoy makes good time. We roll into Bowling Green in good order. The two hour warm up ritual goes like clockwork. The pit and guard warm up within site of the pit gate as the stadium is quiet till we are finished with our warm up procedures. The horns and drums have a bit of a walk to the backside gate. The pit entrance is side one front and corps is a back side two entrance. The crowd gives the Crossmen another standing ovation at the conclusion. I am tuned into the crowd reaction during "Spinning Wheel" to see if they respond with laughter during the comic relief section of "Spinning Wheel". This section features the slide whistle and corps body movements. The crowd "gets it" and the laughter is prevalent along with the numerous applause moments. Connecting with the crowd is one of our primary objectives this summer. We seem to be engaging the audience at each tour stop.

The corps is treated to ice cream at snack after the show along with a hearty selection of food. The 4 hour bus ride should be filled with the silence of sleeping members. Many thanks to the two families, that wish to remain anonymous, that supplied the ice cream and fixings. You have made this night special.

We send the corps and trucks to the next housing site early in order to gain some extra sleep. The van, RV and staff bus stay behind till after the drum major retreat and critique. This was the best show of the young season. Lots of work remains but we are enjoying the ride!

Postmasters Bob and Wendy Gustafson and the Crossmen Traveling Post Office.

Bob and Wendy

Posted by Fred Morrison on 8th July, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks

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