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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Fragile Tour Blog-2012 Crossmen presented by Gotta Go Trailways.com- Day 19, Wednesday, July 4th


Fragile Tour Blog-2012 Crossmen presented by Gotta Go Trailways.com

For 227 years the Bristol Independence Day Parade has been a fixture in this small seaside community. Settled in 1680 the area has a longevity that few places in the US can claim. We love this parade! A little over 3 miles in duration the route is lined with over 100,000 patriotic people. Red, White and Blue are the colors of the day from the bunting and flags hanging from all of the Victorian era homes to the stripes marking the lanes of the streets laying out the parade route.

Crossmen were offered a special performance opportunity this morning by the parade organizers and the local ABC affiliate. We were up at 6:30 am in order to meet our escort after breakfast and equipment loading. The site of the performance was near the reviewing stand that will serve as the home for the parade broadcast. One complication is that it is drizzling enough to soak us. Fortunately the rain stopped by the time get off our Gotta Go Trailways Charter Coaches and arc up the brass for warm up. The performance his morning is for the parade broadcast's pre-show. The corps performed "Hallelujah", the corps song, "Russian Christmas Music", and 2012 show  segment, "Earth Song". We are told that the performance will be archived on the stations website if we wish to access it later. The music brings goosebumps as usual. I am very happy that we took the time in the fall to bring percussion parts back to our corps song and that we are committed to having Hallelujah in our repertoire. They are powerfully emotional pieces of music and the 2012 Crossmen brass and percussion perform them well.

After our return to the housing site from the pre-show performance we make quick work of EPL'ing and getting ready to step off on to the parade route. We step off at 11:40 to the cheers of a grateful crowd. Over three miles later we meet up with the food crew, lunch, pack the equipment and head to Wakefield, MA for parade number two.

I think this is the smoothest Bristol departure we have ever enjoyed. We beat the end of the parade by a few minutes which allowed us the luxury of fighting less traffic. The convoy minus the kitchen truck enters the staging lot, unloads and sends the convoy to the parade terminus. The @ one mile parade route is lined with a lot more people than I remember in years past. After playing "Twin Peaks" and "Earth Song" for the review stand the corps enters the terminus lot and begins the process of loading all of the uniforms and equipment. Dinner tonight includes the Texas team's version of Philly Cheese steaks. The initial reaction is two thumbs up from the members! This year's food crew is creating a lot of smiles at meal time. The corps is given some time to go to the concert in the nearby park and watch the fireworks. Butt in seat time is 11:05 but Joe has asked everyone to be around the buses at 11. It was an interesting mix around 9;30 pm though as the fireworks were intermingled with lightning in the distance. Everyone finds cover until the downpour stops. The deluge was timed with the fireworks finale. We load up on time and make our way the 40 miles to Randolph HS in Randolph, MA. Another Crossmen 4th of July is in the history books.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 4th July, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
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