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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 48- Kittatinny Regional HS, Newton, NJ- Rehearsal Day

Friday, August 5th, 2011- Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 48- Kittatinny, NJ - Show Day

At three thirty AM, I am awakened by Joe. Mike's coach is dead and will not start. Joe and the admin team rallied everyone and the staff bus was unloaded. Staff were put in a seat or bed on every running vehicle we have in the fleet. After spending an hour and a half trying to get a replacement coach the convoy leaves. Mike is left to get the situation remedied and expected to rejoin us with either the running Wynne coach or a replacement in time for our Saturday departure from the housing site for Allentown. We have been very fortunate in the mechanical breakdown area this summer. When you have 9 vehicles with 4 trailers, there is bound to be something happen during the 15,000 mile travels. The beauty of the Crossmen during this incident is that we are able to get back on the road with everyones' gear and only lose two hours. Most of the lost time was about whether we could get a replacement at the scene in order to keep everyone comfortable. When I got up as we pulled into the housing site, the inside of the Comand Center looked like a slumber party gone awry! There were sleeping staff bodies everywhere! 

I am very pleased with our young admin team, the staff, drivers and members. No complaints, still smiling faces as they walk past me into the housing site as I held the door for them this morning.

After wake up, the day was normal for a rehearsal day. Everyone going about the business of perfecting our show. Al Chez is here. The choice of this housing site versus the site that fell through in Downingtown has put us within 10 minutes of Al's home in Newton, NJ. Al always brings energy and laughter with him. We banter about life for about thirty minutes in the Command Center. I love this guy! I think I sprained something with the all the laughs he supplied.

The ensemble rehearsal brought a pretty good sized audience. Both sets of low bleachers are full and there are 20 or so other folks standing near the tower. They are applauding after each chunk that the staff has the corps go through. The run through felt like a performance at a show in the stadium with their reception and their reactions at all the right moments. This stuff moves people! It is effective on many levels. We make people clap, make them cry, make them laugh and make them stand up. What more could a performer want!

We received some good news after rehearsal. The staff coach is fixed. They had to tear apart the back of the coach in order to replace a bad sensor but after some overtime got it buttoned up. Mike will join us in the morning.

After snack the members are in chill out mode until lights out. Some are asleep early and others are on the front steps with Justin singing while he plays a guitar. Ten comes and it is time for sleep for all. Good night Crossmen.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 5th August, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks

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