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 Have Busy Last Full Day of Spring Training

Well it is that time of year again! Crossmen 2012 is about to embark on our annual 60 day adventure. Each season since the move to San Antonio, the Crossmen have hosted a number of educationally based activities and a debut performance on the Friday prior to tour departure. This year the Crossmen hosted the Crossmen eXperience Day, partnered with Contempo Leadership for a four day Drum Major eXperience and hosted the 6th Annual Marching Music eXtravaganza.

The eXperience day focused on college, high school and middle school band students from San Antonio and the surrounding area.The eXperience Day Six was a successful outing for 50 young folks looking to get a feeling for what it would be like to perform in a DCI Corps and get a taste of what marching band will be like if they were of middle school age making the transition to high school. The Crossmen Staff took each of them under their wing in each of the specialties: Visual, percussion, brass and colorguard. Each attendee was treated to a dinner time meal with the Crossmen served from the Crossmen Chuck Wagon. Each received an eXperience Day T-shirt, performed with the corps and received admission to the Crossmen Marching Music eXtravaganza VI after their performance. It was a great time had by all. The 1500 folks in the stands were very appreciative of their efforts.

The DMX (Drum Major eXperience) hosted by the Crossmen and taught by Contempo Leadership's founder, Kara Alvarez-Calderon, provided a clinic like environment with a case study added benefit. Having the Crossmen and their staff to observe and conduct while learning their leadership skills and exercises must be a thrill for these young leaders as they take that experience back to their band programs. The 19 in attendance also showed off their conducting skills to the crowd as part of a demonstration for the audience.

The MMX was kicked off by a performance of the National Anthem by Austin's "World Gone Mad" all age corps. After the Anthem WGM performed a few rock tunes and crowd favorites before yielding the stage to the eXperience Day/Crossmen sections. Colorguard, front ensemble, battery and brass all showed off their skills for the crowd.

San Antonio's Open Class Drum Corps, "Revolution", was next to perform. Their stand still performance of their 2012 production "Shattered" brought the crowd to their feet in appreciation. Following Revolution, Crossmen entered the field for the climax of the evenings festivities. The debut of  "Fragile" created multiple applause moments and brought the crowd instantly to their feet at the conclusion. We think we have a crowd favorite in the making. Immediately after the debut of our field show, Crossmen arced up to perform the corps song, "Russian Christmas Music". Two thousand twelve brings the return of percussion parts to the corps staple after a four year hiatus. The evening was concluded with a meet and greet by fans, family and 2012 Crossmen. Version 6 of the MMX was the best attended and best received yet!

Lights out at midnight Crossmen. We have a big day tomorrow!

Posted by Fred Morrison on 15th June, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks

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