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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 38-Warren Central HS - Vicksburg, MS Rehearsal Day / Laundry


Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 38 
Tuesday, July 26th- Warren Central HS, Vicksburg, MS- Rehearsal / Laundry Day

The Warren Central HS is a beehive of activity when we wake up for breakfast. Yesterday was the first day of band camp for the "Big Blue Viking Band". The drums are drumming and the visuals are started bright and early. We are very grateful to our hosts, husband and wife team, Alan and Melynn Arendale. I know that they have their plates full with camp but they very graciously opened their doors to the Crossmen for a rehearsal day and a much needed midpoint stop on the way to Gadsden. We visit with Alan and Melynn outside the food truck and talk about their very active and successful program. Crossmen always enjoy having the local band around when we are rehearsing. The hope is that we inspire some of the members to audition for a drum corps when they are ready or to be inspired by our level of intensity at rehearsal. We hope that the band directors are able to use us as a positive example.

Rehearsal goes as planned but there is a storm on the horizon. We are intending to go to laundry at 6:pm with the approach of the storm. We are 99% ready when the skies open and the light show begins. It is a gullywasher. The runoff water must be 3 or 4 inches deep and it is everywhere. The Wynne motorcoaches with the laundry detail wisely wait till the waterworks subside. The trucks head out to our next stop. The volly van went to a local mall to hangout and grab something to eat prior to our departure for Gadsden. The RV with some of the admin, Jaime, Ed Devlin and our pilot/co-pilot team of John and Rhonda Schock head for something to eat and a way to kill some time until the 10pm scheduled departure. Ten comes and the convoy heads to our next stop, the Ashville HS in Ashville, AL.

Many thanks to the Big Blue Band and directors Alan and Melynn Arendale. We hope to see you again some day soon. Good luck preparing for your new season.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 26th July, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks
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