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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 35-Crockett MS, Show Day-Odessa, TX


Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 35 
Friday, July 22th- Crockett MS, Odessa, TX- Show Day


The thermeter hovered near 100 most of today but it did not feel oppressive as the humidity was again in the 20% range. It is really dry here and the fields show the brunt of the extended days without rain. One of the staff told me that he asked the young lady at the C store when was the last time they had rain and she drew a blank. Where there is grass it is stunted brown and crunchy when you walk on it. They could really use some precipitation and soon!

The rehearsal was cut short as the dust was starting to become a problem to the performers. We EPL and head to the scene of the original "Friday Night Lights". The Ratliff Stadium is legandary for football battles that yeilded the West TX representative to the Texas HS Football Championships. Many a year the name Odessa Permian or Midland Odessa ruled the day. The structure juts out of the ground with tall concrete stands on both sides. The ramp to the field is the steepest that I ever remember negotiating. The pit resorts to two people per keyboard for the rappel down the slope. It is an adventure for those that have big trailers and a golf cart to pull them. You could hear some of them sliding down the hill with the added momentum supplied by the size of the trailers. We elect to bring eveything to the gate with the Rhino and carry it down to the stadium floor.

Crossmen receive our Texas sized greating from the crowd. All in all a good showing by the Crossmen.

 Tonight our Friends from the Madison Scouts have prepared pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad and cole slaw for the Crossmen and Scouts. We are getting to make friends while sharing a meal. The Scouts organization invited us to share a meal with them as a thank you for the burgers and fixings we offered them at the end of the Wakefield Parade when they had a few mechanical difficulties with their food trailer. The mechanical issue caused the trailer to be a couple of hours late to the parade terminus and caused a delay in dinner for them after the Wakefield 4th of July Parade. Joe and I extended a helping hand to Madison Corps Director Dann Peterson in Wakefield. Dann and I have had many friendly conversations at several of the DCI winter meetings. Dann and Executive Director Chris Kominick are some of my favorite drum corps friends. Jeff and the Crossmen food crew made the meal  happen on short notice. Times like these are some of the special moments we can share together and connect our organizations and memberships. We need to remember that we are all in this together. We are all doing the same thing and all just trying to survive and thrive. The competition is confined to the field. We should help each other whenever possible. This is another special night to remember from our 2011 summer adventure. Other than the occasional corps jacket worn by each of the teams, you can't tell the members apart as they share this meal sitting on the ground in typical drum corps fashion. Thanks to Dann, Chris, Kimberly and the Madison food crew for creating a special moment we won't forget. We promise to do this more often when possible.


After the meal we load up. We are on our way to our Texas home base and the site of the Southwest Regional! Can't wait to see Maureen and the kids. It has been a while.

One of our season highlights is sure to be our two meals with the Madison Scouts. The Wakefield Parade and the Odessa show site are memory makers for both corps.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 22nd July, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks
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