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 55, Thursday, August 9th

Fragile Tour Blog - 2012 Crossmen presented by Gotta Go

The "Big Day" has finally arrived! We get to test how far we have come since our last competition in Pittsburgh. Rehearsal is calm and methodical. Jason and the brass staff have focused on preserving the hornlines energy while allowing them to massage the show musically. No big changes here. Just tweeks and focus. Our RV pilot Debbie was visiting friends a 100 miles away and will not be able to guide the convoy to the stadium. I am elected to be RV pilot and am ready to enjoy the role. It is kind of fitting as I feel that guiding this group of 200 this past year has been my most important task. Leading the convoy is a metafor for the journey we have made this year since the first design meeting in September. My job is to try to get the right people in the boat with us. Ed Devlin has been a great addition in his role as program coordinator. Ed surrounded himself with talented folks on design and staff. He is really making me look good in our decision to ask him to take on that role when Jaime had to step down due to other obligations last September. To some degree this is Jaime's team also. It has been nice to have him around occasionally to see how some of his staff choices and design choices are contributing to our success even after he could no longer continue as program coordinator. Ed worked very hard right out of the box in September to have weekly design meetings and the product on the field speaks volumes of those efforts. The staff has responded to the design by investing themselves whole heartedly into the production's perfection. The administrative team has kept all of the wheels on the tour with little drama and a teamwork that I have enjoyed all summer long. Joe is growing in experience each summer and has a steady hand when confronted with challenges presented by the 200 people under his care.

Radio in hand, I announce that it is time for the Crossmen convoy to head to the stadium. True to 2012 form, Crossmen are 5 minutes early in our departure.

We split the convoy as the Lucas Oil Stadium looms ahead. Brass, staff and percussion motorcoaches head to the warm up zone at the park while the rest of the convoy parks in lot 10 at the south end of the stadium. We are going through the motions like it is just another show with our preparations. Showtime! The ride in the Rhino through the bowels of the stadium is causing me to reflect that it is finally here. A year's worth of work is about to be put on the Championship Week field for the 40,000 plus in the movie theaters and the 15,000 live in the stadium to see and admire. The corps lays down it's best performance of the summer. The score reflects the performance. The exciting thing is that we are within .35 of making finals for the first time in 8 years. The team is very encouraged. The ride back to Trafalgar is a good one. More work to do tomorrow! We may be able to meet our goal of performing two more times. It is all coming down to Friday night.  

Posted by Fred Morrison on 9th August, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks

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