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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 29-Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 29
Saturday, July 16th- Owatonna High School - Minneapolis, MN-Regional Show Day

I get up at six in order to get ready for my trip to the University of Minnesota Stadium. The corps is set to get up at 6:30. Joe jumps out of bed to take me to Minneapolis and do the stadium run. Killing two birds. It is a farmland filled ride with overcast skies and lots of humidity along the way. The forcast is with us this year as last year's MN Regional was filled with downpours, tornado warnings and straight line winds. This year looks to be a better senario. Joe drops me at the stadiium surveys the surroundings and goes to the airport to pick up our new RV pilot for the next stint. Former Crossmen Board and Corps President, Jack Eberhart, has volunteered to drive us around in the mobile command center for his tour of duty with the corps this summer. Jack was Crossmen president from 1991 through 1993 with many other years of service before and after during some great years for the corps. Jack winters in the San Antonio area and we get to have lunch once and a while while he is there to share stories and for me to bounce ideas off him. We are so lucky to have so many caring Crossmen folks at our disposal. They literally are located all across the country with many now in Texas and many still living in our north east roots.

Our meeting goes till 11:30 or so. I get to have lunch across the street from the stadium with a few other corps directors and board members as we await the arrivals of our variuos corps. It is a nice way to get to know each other a little better and to share some of our summer experiences to date. Its like telling war stories or bench racing.

The Crossmen convoy arrives and I am happy that all is well. We have a few planned wrinkles to reveal at this show. We have been saving them for today. There is a guard costume change that is now ready to put in and the judge blockers facilitiate this addition. It has been planned since day one of guard costume design. John Leonard, Chad Dugan from Dance Sophisticates and Ed Devlin are to be credited for a vey beautiful visual package for the guard and corps this summer. The guard goes through various costume mutations during the show until they settle on the primarily white garment for the ballad and finale. There are some drill changes including the maltese cross with the guard stationed inside of it that has been modified to have more impact. It looks like all of this stuff worked.

The U of M stadium is a great outdoor venue for watching drum corps. The crowd is growing as the day progresses. The Crossmen perform their best show to date. The crowd jumps to their feet at the conclusion with an ovation after rewarding the corps all during the performance with great applause. It is rewarding to hear the members talk about the experience afterwords.

The plan for tonight is to send the members and trucks to our Osage housing site at 6:30pm. The staff, volly van and Mobile Command Center are to stay till after the drum major retreat. All goes according to plan and we should have a well rested corps for our rehearsal day in Osage, Iowa tomorrow.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 16th July, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks

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