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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 49- Kittatinny Regional HS, Newton, NJ- Allentown Regional Day

Saturday, August 6th, 2011- Crossmen Tour 37 "renewal" Day 49- Kittatinny, NJ - Allentown Regional Show Day

We had a good but short rehearsal day in preparation for our 2 hour ride to the Allentown Regional. There is an excitement running throughout the corps today. I spoke to the members after the rehearsal. They needed to know that they are better prepared for this venue than we have been in the last few years. There are going to be more people rooting for them than any other event besides the Alamodome. The door is open today for them to move up. The cool thing is that they didn't need to do anything super human. Just do what they have done the last 10 days. Their staff has prepared them. Allentown eats hornlines for lunch. The extended wide track, the gentle slope of the sky high stands and the distance to the box swallow the sound of less powerful lines. We are ready and have been preparing since November to reach this box.

On the way to Allentown the skies open up. The rain is heavy and steady. This is going to mess with our plans of joining the alumni association in the park for the Crossmen Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The rain slows us down. We are finally able to park across from the celebration at 4:30. The rain is still steady. Rick Reedy asked me to bring one of our long rangers and a mike to the celebration. H of F organizer, Kim Robinson gathers everyone around for the listing the recipients and the presentation of the plaques. The class of 2011 includes volunteer Florence Crowell, arranger and instructor Chris Thompson and 1990-93 director Carl Ruocco. After the ceremony Carl spoke about his time with the corps and the family atmosphere that still exists today. I was flattered to be asked to pose with founding director Robbie Robinson and Carl. Together we represent 19 years of Crossmen leadership. I hope Crossmen are able to achieve half of what these great men have done for the Crossmen under their guidance during our tenure. These are mighty big shoes to fill.

Our plans for the members to join in the festivities were aborted due to the rain. The hornline was to play Russian in a circle surrounding the alumni and the entire corps was to pose for photos with the alumni sections like last year. We will have to delay that effort till 2012 now. It is a real shame for the age outs to miss this opportunity. They will need to come to the park next year as alumni and make up for it. We would have changed that for them if at all possible. It was not meant to be today.

The rain finally slows to a drizzle. We have a meeting in the DCI tent at 5:30. The show has a narrow window in order to be completed. We must be done by 11 pm with any and all rain delays included. The Crossmen have a shortened warm up period due to the rain but the show must go on. The performance by the corps was well received by our founding home crowd. Bones prowls the back sideline extending his cape at the appropriate time and making his way off the field. The corps is on fire and has its best show. On cue the spectators laugh when Ethan takes Chris's trumpet from him to finish his solo and at the whistle move. They applaud at the end of each segment and stand at its conclusion. I would say Crossmen Allentown Homecoming is a success in spite of the raindrops. The icing on the cake was that I was able to visit with my sister Rita, niece Stacey and high school friends Glen & Tammy Sides. It was a second homecoming for me also. The last corps is able to perform and the Bridgemen  are on the field with their yellow raincoats. There couldn't have been a better choice for a rainsoaked night as the skies open again while  the Bridgemen go about their business of entertaining the remaining crowd. With score sheets in hand I hustle back to the Command Center. Crossmen are on our way to Erie, PA and not a minute to waste.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 6th August, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks

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