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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 45- Green HS, Franklin Furnace, OH- Univ. of Charleston W. VA-Show Day


Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011- Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 45- Green HS - Charleston, W. VA Show Day

The Green Band was around Crossmen rehearsals all day today. We precieve that part of the Crossmen mission is to expose as many band students and potential new spectators as possible to our activity and the Crossmen. Growth in drum corps is going to come from increased paticipation and larger crowds at our events. Today we made friends of both types, potential drum corps participants and potential spectators at events. After EPL we buckle up for the 90 minute drive to the University of Charleston Stadium and the show.  

The show tonight is hosted by the Phantom Regiment. It was great to see Executive Director, Rick Valenzuela and Phantom board member Tim Farrell. Both were working the event. Scores of buses from local schools filled the bus lot. The tall stands kept filling until they were approaching capacity. From the moment we stepped on the field you could feel that this was a crowd that would feed the energy back to the Crossmen. The Crossmen perfrom at our peak under these circumstances. The non stop cheering and applause rewards for our soloists and duets was pretty outstanding. This was the most giving crowd of its size for the season. The whislte laugh moment was 10 times louder from the stands than I can remember. Everyone in the stadium got the joke and responded with glee. The standing ovation after was more like a roar. This is what a performer lives for. The effectiveness of our show when it comes to the audience is like no other I have seen from Crossmen. I wish we could bottle the energy from the stands.

After the performance the corps was mobbed by young people that wanted to capture a glimpse of their favorite Crossmen section. The snares rewarded a couple of fans with the gift of a couple of pair of show sticks. You would have thought they were made of gold. The reaction of the recipients was to run and find friends in order to share their good fortune. Joe told me later that some spectators had our members autograph shirts for them. I was as if the Crossmen were rock stars. What a fun night!

 The call to saddle up and head to our next destination came quickly. The line of nine Crossmen vehicles is on our way to north eastern Virginia.
 Time to roll Crossmen!

Posted by Fred Morrison on 2nd August, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks
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