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 Day 29, Saturday, July 14th

Fragile Tour Blog - 2012 Crossmen presented by Gotta Go

Minneapolis Regional Day! This is the day we have all been preparing for and anticipating since we left San Antonio about a month ago. We get to compete on the same stage as our peers on the same day. We have an early performance time dictated by our 17th place finish last season. It is a steep hill to climb but we believe that we are prepared and up to the task. The corps is happy, excited and workmenlike all at the same time. The quiet confidence is still evident. You have to love this environment when it comes to team sports and activities. Two hundred people working for a common purpose and a common goal. I am so proud of this edition of the Crossmen. I struggle for the words to express the emotions satisfactorily. The thought runs through my mind again of the question I posed to the corps at history night on June 8th "How do you want to be remembered?" They keep answering back with all their actions. I believe that they want to be remembered as one of the greatest Crossmen Corps in our 38 year history. If they keep on this track they will accomplish that goal.

The convoy pulls out of Owatonna a couple of minutes early as has become routine with this group. The admin team loves it! The 70 minute ride is without incident and we find our places in the lot. Warm ups are routine. The walk to the gate is just like we have practiced time after time. All of the stuff that we bring to the field really is monumental. Almost everyone carries their equipment and either a silhouette or sideline screen. We pack the tunnel. The que is given and the front ensemble enters the field followed by the rest of the corps and their "stuff". We set up and the next thing we know its "showtime"!

The corps puts on their best run to date. It is all you can ask for in order to influence the outcome. The large crowd is on their feet and giving us the love of an extended standing ovation. We go about our business as if it were any other show and put up our stuff and set about enjoying the rest of the day. The outcome will have to wait till tonight. Six hours from now we will know if we achieved our goal. Someone put up a Facebook message that said "The Crossmen performed as if they are ticked off for having to go on so early." I had to chuckle after reading that one as I think that person was on to something!

When the final results were announced we realized that we achieved the minimum that we set out to accomplish. A later performance time in San Antonio grouped with the corps around us has been made official. With the publication of the performance order for the San Antonio Regional we can see we are on the path to our home show with three TX shows on the menu. There is no celebrating yet. We know that this is a marathon and our goal is within reach. Congratulations team! Job well done. Time to go back to Owatonna, get some rest and get better.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 14th July, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks

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