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 12, Tuesday June 25th
Show Day- Fairfield, OH, Housing- Bellbrook HS



Wendy attends to the Crossmen Post Office in preparation for the care package pick-up.
We are welcomed to a beautiful cool morning. I popped the Command Center door open to find the corps doing the morning stretch. We are prepared for the two blocks of rehearsal and I am looking forward to getting the RV fixed so that we can get back to normal office operations.

Charlie from Reliable dropped by just as he promised at 8 am sharp. He diagnosed the problem and told us that he would meet us at the show with the necessary parts to rectify our issue. Happy Days!

Our friends and long time Crossmen supporters the Gustafsons, Bob and Wendy, have loaded up their vehicle and trailer and made the trip from Loveland, Ohio in order to set up the Crossmen Post Office at Bellbrook. This is a real treat for the corps as Bob and Wendy also donate lots of treats and precious cold Gatorade and water for the corps that everyone can claim along with their care packages from home. Bob and Wendy have two grown children that marched Crossmen in the early 2000's and their way of "paying it forward" for the wonderful things that Crossmen did for their family is to provide this wonderful service each summer to the corps. We are forever grateful for their service.

After a steadily improving EPL by the members Crossmen head for the Fairfield Show. A treat for me is that our daughter Amy will make the drive to the Fairfield Show from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she is a grad assistant and masters student in oboe performance.

Crossmen depart Bellbrook a few minutes early and arrive at Fairfield Stadium early. It is great to see the logistics take hold in an ever improving way. Charlie arrives at 6pm and makes the repairs as promised. The air conditioning is back online so we won't be opening all the windows at night for a while in order to be able to sleep or work in comfort. Amy shows up at the gate and we are able to share the Crossmen ride to the gate and a steadily improving performance. Amy has noticed how much the corps has improved. She stays till close to the end of the last performing corps before jumping on the shuttle back to where she parked her car.

We are enjoying the restored Mobile Command Center and the ride to our next destination after another solid performance in front of another appreciative crowd. We are Evansville bound. 250 miles to our destination.

Our daughter Amy came to the Fairfield Show to visit Dad. She was impressed with the Crossmen and their improvement since last visit.


Care packages from home!


Part of the bounty that the Gus's bring with the Crossmen Post Office.

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