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 43, Saturday, July 28th


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

Joe and I drove to the stadium in the morning after breakfast as there is a DCI Championship director's informational meeting their at noon. Joe used the drive as atrial run to the stadium. The last couple of years have been a chalenge as their has been various construction projects in and around the stadium adding to the drive. The last thing you want coming into a big event like the DCI SE Regional is to have a convoy of nine large vehicles wondering arounf city construction. We are pleasanmtly surprised as this year the drive is very straight forward with no special curve balls due to torn up roads. This venue is one of the crown jewels on the DCI calendar and  continues to grow in attendance each summer. The crowd is expected to exceed last year's record of around 15,800 in paid attendance.

Joe drops me off near the stadium. I have a little time to kill and find my way to the meeting rooms. After a brief visit with Dan Acheson and some of the other DCI folks I find a seat in the meeting room at a round table and settle in to catch up on the tour blog. It is amazing to me how the days fly by and I am always behind the blogging curve. After about 30 minutes I am joined by Chris and Dan from the Scouts. I have had the pleasure of getting to know them both the last few years. They are a class couple of guys running a first class organization. Chris and I have had the pleasure of serving on a DCI committee together and lately serve on the DCI Board of Directors and DCI Finance Committee together. He has lots of experience in business as an IT entepreneur. I always respect his observations and measured thoughtful responses to the business that is DCI. We are very fortunate to have him involved.

The room fills quickly and DCI CEO, Dan Acheson takes us through the schedule of events that represent DCI's 40th Annniversary Season. If you are a fan you must plan on attending. It is going to be a special week for all.

After the meeting I made my way to the lot and waited for the convoy to arrive. We go about the business of unloading and warming up in preparation for the most important competition of the season. You can see that we are ready. I received a call from some old friends from the Atlanta area, Tommy and Barbara, yesterday. They had never been to a DCI show before and I had them come accompany the front ensemble with me from warm ups to the front sidelines and then to the after show trailer loading. They were amazed by the work ethic and the level of professionalism the Crossmen showed. It was fun to see their reaction to the full stadium and the quality and power of the Crossmen hornline. The Crossmen did another great job today. I think we made two new fans for the activity. I had not seen or spoken to Tommy and Barbara since my departure and sale of my ownership in the racing fuel company, VP Racing Fuels, in late 2006. It was nice time together with old friends. I hope to see them again soon. The crowd tonight was huge! Paid atttendance was announced at over 16,100. A new record for DCI SE Champioships and were they vocal! Stading O for the Crossmen again tonight! We seem to be capturing the audience where ever we perform.

After some free time around the stadium area eating establishments the corps loaded up and we made our next 250 mile road trip to the Chuckey Doak HS in eastern TN.

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