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 47, Wednesday, August 1st

Fragile Tour Blog - 2012 Crossmen presented by Gotta Go

We make the 375 mile journey in the scheduled and alloted time of 7.5 hours. The trip is uneventful and that has been the theme this summer. Complications on the road add to an already pressure filled situation when you are balancing rest for the corps, meals going as planned and maximum rehearsal time to improve your standing. So far we have gone unscathed and traveled the 12,000 miles to date with absolutely no hickups. I hate to even write this as we still have a few runs to make until our terminus at our Indianapolis housing site but this has been the smoothest of tours in the last six. I am really grateful to the folks that surround me on this team as they just make things happen with little to no fuss or drama. The admin team is a positive force as well as the members, most of the staff and the volunteers. This is the environment you strive for. My past has been rewarded by having great folks around me pulling in the same direction for a common goal. It has taken a while but we have the makings of that total positive environment at Crossmen. We won't be satisfied until it is complete from top to bottom. One team one direction! UP!

We have little rehearsal time but conduct our warm ups and ensemble then EPL and drive the 2 hours to the West Chester University. This is a bit of a home coming for the Crossmen and for me. I attended West Chester and am an alum from the class of 1977. The corps was founded by the Robinson Family in December of 1974 and they still live in West Chester today. It will be a real treat tonight for the corps as many alumni are in  attendance. Robby, Charlotte and Kim Robinson greet me along the front sideline fence. Robby and I watch the show together. He gives me a big hug after the performance and says nice show! I know that I can always count on Robby for honest sound advice. He has mentored me on this journey on occasion. I know that the corps is in our care and that it is a special responsibility to all the directors in the line of succession for us to keep the corps alive and thriving. It is always nice to receive words of encouragement from our predecessors.

The corps has one of our best runs of the season. After we put up the gear the alumni provide water ice and local treats for snack. It is one of the special unique characteristics of the Crossmen. Of the 3,000 plus people that marched in the Crossmen over its 38 seasons, over 700 live in the Philadelphia area. Lots of them come out in force for events that are within a 100 mile radius of Philadelphia. We essentially have two homes and both are located in the area of large DCI Regional events. It is always fun for the members to have alumni come by and make themselves known. Tonight a couple of early Crossmen tenor drummers found the 2012 tenor line and reminised, posed for photos and got to know the young guys. These are priceless experiences for both groups. Allentown in the park this Saturday will be a great one for these special gatherings.

We send the convoy early. The RV waits for Hunter after the drum major retreat and scores. The 45 minutes saved by the corps will be turned into much deserved floor time for the corps and staff at our Biglerville HS housing site.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 1st August, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks

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