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 27, Wednesday July 10th
Rehearsal/Show Revision Day
Housing- Mount Vernon HS, Mount Vernon, Iowa

I woke and jumped out of bed a couple of hours before the corps. Pleased again that it was more than comfortable outside, I took a walk around the school grounds. We were perched on a small rise and were surrounded by new large homes around most of the perimeter. Mount Vernon is a quiet farming and residential community outside Cedar Rapids. The center of town is peppered with a few small businesses before it opens up to a bedroom community and farms. The stadium is about a mile from the high school so we plan to wake one of the motorcoach drivers and Neal when it is time to head in that direction later in the morning. Today is the third of three planned days that we set aside at the time of scheduling in order to tune up any areas that need attention from the original design but should not be put in until we had plenty of time to get them firmly under ourselves in time for the first regional in Minneapolis. We made a ton of progress the last three days. Having Ed Devlin and Chuck directing the changes adds to our comfort. This is our third tour of duty together and I have the deepest respect for their abilities to see what needs to be modified and their ability to make something good into something great.

For ensemble the corps is split for the first part of the block. The percussion bus loaded up dinner, brought it, the battery and the front ensemble to the main field. The guard stayed till after dinner. The staff helped serve the brass and percussion members and the food crew served the guard back at the school. After ensemble the brass played Russian Christmas Music for the crowd that had attended the rehearsal. The honorary conductor was an elderly gentleman the was know for founding a local brass ensemble in the town 25 years ago. He is also a drum corps fan. He was delighted by the honor. After ensemble everything is loaded and brought back to the school. The day was very productive. Lights out Crossmen! Show day tomorrow!

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