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



This is about as intimate a setting with the fans as you can get. I bet it is a thrill for the spectators to be this close to the action.
Day 18 - Monday, July 1st
Show Day- Blakeslee Field, Mankato, MN

Housing- Waldorf Pemberton HS, Janesville, MN


There is a Protest going on in Mankato!
Tonights ride to our Janesville housing site from the show site was @70 miles. That is a record for the shortest convoy trip in my 7 tours at Crossmen! I don't think the trucks and buses got up to running temperature before we pulled into the housing site at the Waldorf Pemberton High School.The benefits to the corps are across the board. More rest for everyone, more time to prepare and more time to get better on the field.

Morning brought temps in the mid 50's again. Petey and crew were preparing breakfast while working in their Crossmen hoodies! Things are going well both on and off the field. Morale is pretty high and the atmosphere reflects the desire of the team to keep working hard to be the best we can be.

We eat and load after ensemble as we are returning to Janesville after the show for a rehearsal day tomorrow. The food truck is left at the housing site and snack is loaded under the staff bus. The Minnesota State University campus at Mankato is really nice. The field facilities double as the training site for the Minnesota Vikings. The natural grass field is groomed to perfection. The weird part from a drum corps perspective is that there is very little space on the front sideline for the pit and the drum major podium. After agonizing over "podium or no podium" the call is made to have Jordan and Caitlyn conduct from the grandstands. The fact that it is a standing room only crowd makes it even more interesting. The performance was indeed our best of the trip so far. The crowd response through out the show was rewarding. They were on their feet cheering at the conclusion. Every section is in good spirits and encouraged by our progress and the room for growth.

We make the trip back to Janesville after snack thinking about how we can improve our personal performances in order to contribute positively to the cause. There are horns out, drums and pads and flags. Everyone is working until the edge of lights out. Two hundred folks working for a common cause. There is nothing sweeter.


Making the Protest "real"!

Posted by Fred Morrison on 1st July, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks
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