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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 30-Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 30 Half way point! 
Sunday, July 17th- Osage High School - Osage, Iowa-Rehearsal Day- Osage Precisionaries Reunion Perfomance

Totday was a special day for us. Our friend Greg Orwoll from the Colts called us a few months ago about filling in for them at a special occasion after the MN regional. The Colts were double booked this day so we filled in for them. It was a good stopping point on the way to Kansas for our Monday night show there.

Seems that the small farming community of Osage had a pretty special drum corps in the sixties and early seventy called the Precisionaires. They had some good fortune on a natonal level but went dark after the 1976 season due to the spiraling costs of fielding a corps. All in all there were 100 attending a reunion and they wanted to see if a World Class Corps would entertain the thought of rehearsing and allowing them to host and attend the rehearsal. Crossmen went one step further and perfromed a stand still of our 2011 production "renewal" for the 150 people in attendance at 2 pm and invited them to watch rehearsal and the ensemble run tonight. The reunion party Saturday night produced a collection for the Crossmen fuel fund and at the standstill performance someone passed the hat and added to the collection. What a generous group of people. The best part was the standing ovatiion we received from the grandstands this afternoon. As each filed out they shook Joe's and my hands and told a little of the history of their corps and how much they appreciated our performance. It took them back in time to a place they fondly remember. Performing for a crowd when they were kids. We made some friends for drum corps and the Crossmen today. We promise to keep in touch. I think we may have inspired some to go to a DCI event near them. Thanks to Dick Mackin for his hospitality and great stories. The ensemble that night had twice as many in the stands than at the afternoon performance. Word travels fast in Osage! Check out this link to a photo gallery of the Osage Pecisionnaires . Our friend Chris Maher has a website that preserves drum corps history.

We had a little food truck drama in the last couple of hours prior to departure. Thanks to Evan and Erik Riker for doing the quick change battery pitstop at Walmart. Unfortunately that didn't fix the problem. The food truck went to Des Moines in order to stop at the Thermo King for a fresh starter install for the refer engine. The great part is that they only lost an hour to the convoy. We had contingency plans out our ears in case they didn't make it in time for breakfast. The downside was that we lost about a grand worth of perishables during the 7 hours without the cooler. Jeff and Ruth iced what they could to save it. The whole endeavor could have been much worse.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 17th July, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks

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