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 41, Thursday, July 26th


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

Seven hours and 350 miles later we are at our Little Rock housing site. We have another uneventful night on the road. We have been blessed in that department this summer. You always know that mechanical things can give you trouble now and then even if you take the most care you can muster to do the preventative maintenence. We will keep plugging in that department and hope that we continue this streak of good fortune.

The day is another short one and the weather conditions are rough. The corps keeps plugging away on improving our crowd pleasing production. We need to continue to raise the bar when it comes to marching and playing. They are the two basic skill sets that are obvious to all those that judge our activity. The concentration by our members and staff is remarkable. The intensity has not waivered. We can do this!

The show in Little Rock is in a great stadium. The weather is the only problem this night. We have one eye on warm ups and one eye on the approaching black ominous sky. When you look at the weather channel on your phone you get the impression that the world is about to come to an end any minute now but our current reality is that it the sky is getting darker but there is no thunder or lightning yet. We go on before intermission and rush to load the gear before the skies open up. The forcast is for 60 mph winds and hail. Armegeddon! The intermission comes, the wind picks up and it rains a cold rain for a few minutes. The event gets called and the rain stops! I would hate to have to make those judgement calls when it comes to shows. The balancing act includes watching that we don't affect the drivers allotted time to get all of the corps to their next destination. Most of us are headed to the Atlanta area tonight. That is the longest drive of the summer. When you weigh in all of the factors the best decision was made for the good of the most people.

The Crossmen team really rallied when the storm was appproaching. We loaded the trailers in record time and had everything buttoned up before the downpour. Since we had the highest score of the corps that performed the local channel 7 news crew tracked me down for a brief interview in the Crossmen Mobile Command Center. Nothing like making lemonade out of lemons. Crossmen will be shown as the winners of this abreviated event. The ride to Atlanta will have a few more smiles in it. We get out of the lot ASAP. The 532 miles to Adairsville, GA is going to be a marathon. Everyone is prepared.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 26th July, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
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