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 33, Wednesday, July 18th

Fragile Tour Blog - 2012 Crossmen presented by Gotta Go

It is a scorcher today! Thank goodness we got some much needed floor time in a great air conditioned facility. The temperature didn't take long to reach and exceed 100 degrees. The wind was blowing all day and that brought some relief and a bit of a challenge for the guard during rehearsal. Watching them chase their flags after a high toss really lets you see what great athletes they really are. Once in the air there is no telling how far and what direction that projectile is going with that fabric sail attached to it. I watch Madeline slide like a base runner coming into second base snagging the errant flag pole and not missing a beat smiling all the way. That scene is repeated 36 different places on the field frequently. You can tell that our guard is well trained. John and the staff have done a wonderful job teaching this talented group. The Bones Colorguard doesn't let a 25 mile per hour wind stop them! Those windy weeks at Blossom during spring training didn't hurt either. They are well prepared!

After ensemble we go about the EPL dance like a finely tuned watch. As has been the norm, we are ready to roll a few minutes prior to scheduled departure. Once at the Broken Arrow Stadium we split up into our perspective sections and proceed to the business of warming up. The grounds of the high school are filled with areas of construction. It has made it a real challenge to move the front ensemble to the gate. Our Yamaha Rhino is well suited to pull the freight train of carts around the minefield and barriers. On the way to warm ups though we pitched a tire off the drum set cart. I run back to the truck for tools and a spare wheel. While Santos is warming up I'm cranking a new wheel and tire on to the front corner like a NASCAR tire changer with the driver still behind the wheel doing his thing. Santos didn't miss a beat with the distraction and we are ready to roll at the appointed time to move to the gate. All in a day's work.

The Broken Arrow Stadium is a huge facility. I am guessing that it seats in excess of 12,000 home and visitors bleachers combined. The crowd is pretty dense with spectators and they are vocal! The Crossmen throw down another improved performance and the crowd is on their feet in appreciation! We are pleased with the outcome and are ready to make the longest trip of the summer. With over 500 miles to cover tonight we send the buses and trucks ahead. The RV and staff coach wait for the staff to leave critique and the Drum Majors to come back from retreat. Aaron and Hunter are scheduled to ride in the RV as Rico, Sam and Joel from the admin team are with first group and we have a little more room in the mobile office. Texas here we come! 

Posted by Fred Morrison on 18th July, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks

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