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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2013 Crossmen Protest Tour


Day 2, Saturday June 15th
Crossmen Depart Blossom Athletic Center and Head for Austin

The day started with the Crossmen hosting our first ever fun run lovingly named the "Run Your Brass Off 1 Mile". It was a great morning with lots of Crossmen supporters participating in the festivities. Our long time friend and Crossmen supporter, Suzanne Hermann, supplied us with her famous Bagel Factory Bagels for the post race refreshments. Our friends,Dave and Leanna McIlvoy, ran the race with Dave getting a podium finish in his class. The corps ran the race as part of their normal physical training routine only getting a t-shirt for their efforts this morning. There were some pretty impressive time recorded by Crossmen snare, Gavin James and Crossmen head Drum Major, Jordan Schock. Crossmen Board member, Mark Purnell did a great job organizing and announcing the race. I earned a silver medal in my class. This was the first competitive run I ever participated in. It was a great feeling running with the corps and friends of the Crossmen.We are sure to do this again next year.

After a rehearsal block and our first EPL (eat , pack and load) of the season we departed our home for three weeks at Blossom. We can't thank our friends, Jerry Comalander, Jimmy Burkholder, Terry Martinez, Terry Armstrong, Bridgido Hernando and all of the Blossom Custodial and Maintnence staff for hosting Crossmen for the seventh consecutive year. This is a first class facility with fist class people at the helm. We look forward to our stay again next year.

The convoy made our way up 35 North to the Wal-mart Super Center in Schertz in order to allow the membersenergized us  and staff a chance to resupply their snacks and toiletries for tour. After departing Schertz we headed to the Texas State Capital Building in Austin for our annual stand still at this magnificent venue. The crowd was on their feet for the Crossmen in Austin and they energized us for our trip to Southlake Carroll HS in the Metroplex.

Crossmen receiving last minute instructions from assistant corps director, Joe Banegas, in Austin.


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