Fragile Tour Blog-2012 Crossmen presented by Gotta Go Trailways.com- Day 14
Crossmen presented by Gotta Go Trailways.com
We have been moving a lot of miles covering lots of ground between stops this summer. Last nights 400 miler seemed almost normal. The trip across the NY Throughway was uneventful and our formula of estimating 50 miles per hour average for the convoy including Pilot Flying J convenience/fuel stops remains intact. The rain shower started as we were pulling into town and stopped after a hour. It became picture perfect after that. Our cracker jack tour director, Rico Gomez, had us arriving at Fort Ann School on the stroke of 6 AM. We pulled into the gate at 5:58 AM. Our friend Pete was here greeting us as we pulled in. Retired Fort Ann Athletic Director, Pete Bly, has been a constant since my first Crossmen tour in 2007. We always enjoy his company. Pete promises to go on tour with us for a couple of weeks in 2013. We look forward to his help.The Fort Ann School is immaculate and picture perfect as I remember it. The staff here always makes us feel at home. Wake up was at 10:30 this morning followed by breakfast and physical training. This will be a short preparation day as we EPL at 4:15 PM.
The short ride from Fort Ann went as planned. We spot our favorite ice cream stop of each summer tour as we roll closer to the stadium. The fact that we were to go on next to last meant the chance to be under the lights. Since we enjoyed that spot in the performance order we were also afforded a chance to perform the encore.
The corps didn't let the folks at the Fort Edward show down and the crowd showed them the love in return. This was the best run to date. The many subtle changes made by Ed Devlin and the rest of the design team are allowing us to polish our performance into a real gem.
After the Cadets left the field, the brass and battery arced up and played Hallelujah to the delight of the audience. The corps song, Russian Christmas Music followed. The percussion parts that the staff added this year really bring it to life. I get goose bumps every time I hear it. The crowd let the corps know that they were touched by the performance too.
After spending some time with the Bob Jacobs and the members and staff of Teal Sound, Erik and I made our way back to the Crossmen convoy. We are on our way to historic New England for a week of drum corps and parades. The 225 mile ride will be a much needed "shorter haul" than what we have been experiencing the first two weeks of tour. We feel good about our first two weeks of the 2012 tour. Our objective for this year was to come out of the box stronger than 2011. The general mood is that we have accomplished that goal.
Posted by Fred Morrison on 29th June, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
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