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 24 - Sunday, July 7th
Show Day- Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Housing- Hinsdale South HS, Darien, IL



Getting ready to Protest in Lisle!
Sunday's are a day that I get to dial it back a little in the morning. The morning started with Ryan, Cesar and I heading to the 8:30 mass at Our Lady of Peace about a mile from our housing site in Darien, IL. The corps was up and in rehearsal by the time we returned. The rest of the day was pretty laid back for the admin team until it was discovered the we weren't working from the latest revised show schedule sheet that was e-mailed to us from DCI headquarters. We discovered that our daily schedule was set from the next to last revision we received. The last revision had the show starting one full hour earlier than originally planned. Joe and team went right to work on a recovery plan that included revising the last hour of rehearsal and chopping 30 minutes off of EPL. He explained the revision to the corps and everyone chipped in to make it happen. With only 60 minutes to accomplish what we normally do in 90 was total teamwork by all. The amazing part was that the rehearsal field was across the street from where all of food and shower stuff was located. The distance was double what we normally have. We had the school cleaned, people ate and showered, buses and equipment were loaded and we were ready to roll with 5 minutes to spare. Not one complaint was heard just cooperation in motion.This was something team Crossmen could be proud of. Nice work folks!

The ride to the stadium was uneventful. One of the obstacles we face occasionally this year since we perform later in the show is that most of the other corps are in the parking lot and we tend to have to do a little more maneuvering to get situated. At Lisle the parking lot had a bunch of passenger cars that were asked to move by the lot attendants but they didn't. This made it impossible for us to park the trucks and buses in the lot. We ended up unloading in the driveway and splitting the fleet in order to get to warm-ups on time.

We had another solid performance with the spectators enjoying the ride. This would be our last show for four days as we set aside three days for any changes the creative team had planned. Our next stop is a familiar one in East Troy, WI for rehearsal. We are getting much better!

Posted by Fred Morrison on 7th July, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks
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