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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 42-Adairsville HS - Atlanta Regional-Show Day

Saturday, July 30th 2011- Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 42-Adairsville HS - Atlanta Regional- Show Day

The excitement of a regional is in the air at the first sign of life for the Crossmen. The Georgia Dome is a great venue for drum corps and continues to attract a larger audience each and every year. I can't help but think that this year is going to be a blockbuster. Taylor an Cory have already left for the dome with the souvie trailer and the box truck. The dome events require them to unload the contents and display it around the prominade of the stadium. They always do a great job displaying our Crossmen gear and this year is no exception. Our great supporting sponsor Yamaha has produced a first class banner for us and the 6 other Yamaha supported corps. It is a work of art and technology. The scan pattern on the poster leads anyone with a smart phone to a Yamaha product website with great interactive features. The guys have gone out of their way in order to make it visible to any one coming near the Crossmen booth. It is perched on top of the rolling display case. It must jut 12 feet in the air!

Mine and Joe's day starts with him taking me to the stadium prior to the corps departure for a DCI managers meeting where we will learn the exciting logistics in preparation for championships at the season's conclusion in August at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Joe's mission is to do the stadium run for the convoy, deliver someone to the bus station and head back in time to connect with the convoy. There won't be a minute to waste.

The managers championship discussion revealed some of the much anticipated details of the week. the details included the DCI Hall of Fame celebration at  Union Station, 41 corps performing in prelims on Thursday, 25 performing on Friday in Semis, the largest group of marching music ensembles marching in the parade Saturday morning and 1500 brass players playing "Battle Hymn" in the square outside the stadium prior to the national anthem in the stadium kicking off finals in Indy. WOW! You gotta be there!

Shortly after the meeting the Crossmen convoy arrived. I jump in the mobile office as it passes in order to retrieve the Cross that goes on top of the brass flag. Paul from the Brass Shop agreed to try to mend it while we were attending to warm-ups and the show. Rico, Audi, Tim and I gather the cart, Rhino and load the judge blockers in attempt to beat the ensuing storm. We no sooner get everything loaded and it starts to pour buckets! The corps and equipment are safely out of the weather. We hightale it the mile to the covered part of the stadium but not with out incident. The load slips off the cart not once but twice on the way to cover. Rico, Tim, Audi and I are drenched as they restack everything. We get undercover but look like drowned rats! All in a days work on admin. I can't help but think of the Postman's motto: Neith rain, nor snow nor sleet at night wiil keep us from delivering our precious cargo in time for the show.

All is well in spite of the downpour. I love the dome regionals for this very fact. It doesn't matter what is going on outside. The crowd is going to get to see the show in the comfort of air conditioning. We pull on the field and I am blown away by the size of the crowd! The number being thrown around is over 14,000 in attendance. This is the largest crowd of the summer so far! Thank you Atlanta! The staff and I are thrilled with the performance of our beloved Crossmen. The jumbotron shows the increase in clarity of the drill and our improvements from the week from my place on the field. The crowd doesn't let the corps finish the last piece and is on their feet showing their appreciation. This place is rocking for the Crossmen! It is hard to hold back the emotion I am feeling for our kids. They have to be feeling very gratified. I can't help but well up inside and out. This is the gift I would give them if i could wrap it for them and put a bow on it.

In the tunnel after the aussie's off command the hollering was louder than ever. Joe spoke to the members about their persistance and the reward the crowd gave them tonight. The audience is who we come here for. They have passed judgement and it is two thumbs up for the Crossmen. Former Crossmen director and current DCI show coordinator, Scott Litzenberg,  spoke to the corps about his experiences over three years buiding something special with the Crossmen with a nucleus of loyal returning members. He encourages our group to return and not use their experience this year to spring board elsewhere. Enjoy the satisfaction of building something great and special in San Antonio!

The corps was given a much deserved rest of the night off after changing and loading the equipment. They will get to sleep in tomorrow also. The ride to the Adairsville housing site after the regional was satisfying knowing we had done something special today. Keep up the great progress Crossmen!

Posted by Fred Morrison on 30th July, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks

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