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 31, Monday, July 16th


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

We had another great job accomplished by our team of drivers overnight. Our arrival in Florissant, MO was an hour ahead of expectation. The pick up in time is important because it gives our members a full extra hour on the floor sleep wise. We really have to compliment these guys for making good things happen. They have bonded as a team and the radio chatter is a testament to that process. Neil's and Warren's jokes are like listening to an Abbott and Costello comedy routine. The camaraderie is evident. They have bonded like all great teams do.

Rehearsal was short today. I am not too concerned about that as it is stifling hot and humid today. Keeping everyone fresh and ready to perform is more important under these conditions. We take the 50 minute ride to the stadium after our 90 minute EPL. We arrive at the stadium early so there is no stress at warmups.

The Leemon Field Stadium at McKendree University is seeing a constant stream of people through the gate. I am told that the show should be sold out and that they are already selling standing room only seats on the grassy hill next to the grandstands. The University has beautiful grounds and beautiful red brick buildings with lots of grassy areas and gardens. The Crossmen front ensemble found a good warm-up spot between two of the red brick structures and it feels like we are in a park.

We make our way to the gate and are happy to see that the stands are packed and the hillside is too. This should be fun! We are warmly greeted by the crowd and they are applauding and hollering words of encouragement throughout the performance. When Chris nails the high note at the first big hit there are people yelling "yeah" in appreciation! There are multiple applause eruptions by the audience throughout the show. The crowd jumps to their feet at the conclusion and doesn't sit down till the corps leaves the stadium!

The departure from the lot was a little hectic as the number of corps stuffed into the lot made it an adventure to get out. The convoy is split  but will catch up at the first Pilot fuel stop. Rico and the van go on ahead in order to set up the school after another long run tonight, anticipating gaining more time for the members on the floor upon our arrival in Wichita. Great job tonight Crossmen! We can feel the increasing momentum coming into the next regional!

Posted by Fred Morrison on 16th July, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
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