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 34, Thursday, July 19th

Fragile Tour Blog - 2012 Crossmen presented by Gotta Go

That was a marathon of a ride! The second convoy never caught up to the first group as originally planned. We left BA about an hour behind the first group. The first group got to our Canyon HS housing site in New Braunfels right on time with an 8:30 am arrival. The second group caught the brunt of the legendary Austin rush hour and ended up over an hour behind.

This is going to be a short day for all since wake up isn't until 11 am. We are skipping the thought of breakfast and go right to lunch for the day's starting meal. The rehearsal consists of warm up and right to ensemble before loading up and heading back north to Round Rock. We have lots of friendly faces join up to help lighten the load today for the food crew road warriors. Parents and friends of members, staff and admin have come from a radius of Austin to San Antonio to chip in with their volunteer labors. Maureen and Audi bring the mail drop and it is huge! Lots of care packages from home. We will distribute those on Friday as we have little time today. Maureen and I drove with Erik following the Mobile Command Center in the convoy. It is a pretty impressive site when you string all of those commonly painted and labeled vehicles together like ducklings following a mother duck heading down the road. The trip north reminded me that it was about a month ago that we started this fantastic journey together up this very same highway. You can't help but smile as some of the promise of this year's tour has been revealed. We have achieved the initial goals and are well positioned in the stretch run to the end. We are only half way home and this group knows it and is focused on the prize. That quiet confidence thing is ever present.

The traffic in and around Austin during rush hour was well anticipated by the tour staff. We arrive at Round Rock's Palace Stadium with time to spare. This allows for a relaxed warm up and progression to the gate. We knock down another improved performance and the crowd shows its appreciation. Texas knows it's home team is back within the confines of its borders
Crossmen parent, Jennifer Ormesher, as promised brings local favorite, Round Rock donuts to the corps as part of their after show snack. She hands me a box and says we only saved one for you and Maureen to split. My jaw drops when I open the box and see what must be the largest glazed donut ever! I think it weighs two pounds. This looks like breakfast for a week. Thank you to all of our Crossmen South Texas parents for your gifts and your love. We are very grateful. You are part of what makes this huge undertaking so special.

After packing up the gear, Erik and I are jumping off tour for a day so that we can sleep in our own beds a couple of nights and spend some time with Maureen. Friday is a rehearsal day and we will catch up with the corps when the convoy comes to the dome on Saturday. The drive home went quickly. As usual our dog Chloe was happy to see us when we opened the front door of Crossmen World Headquarters. Nice to be home even if it is only for 36 hours. The corps is in good hands. The admin team is really a special group of young people. Please thank them if you are ever around them. They sacrifice a lot to be here. Theirs is a mission of service to the corps. It can be a thankless job sometimes as they are behind the scenes of what makes this corps great. They are only noticed if something is perceived to be wrong. If things go perfectly it is expected but rarely appreciated.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 19th July, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks

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