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 30, Saturday, July 13th
Regional Day- Minneapolis, MN
Housing- Amery Regional HS, Amery, WI



Shaggy, Kylon Smith, is on the jumbotron at the regional
After our safety inspection and getting off track for an hour we arrived at our housing site and everyone laid down for a few hours. We thought that we were losing an hour valuable rehearsal time but getting proper rest is important also. The fact that it rained from 7, our originally scheduled wake up time, till 8 our new scheduled time was not lost on everyone. As it turned out we wouldn't have been able to get anything done while it poured any way. It was not a great way to start our Regional Day but after everyone was up and about you could sense the excitement in the air. Everyone had a little extra bounce in their step and smile on their face. We are going to perform at a high level today. You could sense it. I heard Tim say that we just had our best ensemble rehearsal of the season. After ensemble and in the huddle, I shared with the corps that three things are most important today. Focus, intensity and execution are the keys to our success. You could feel their understanding and willingness to make it happen today.

We packed and got out of Amery a few minutes early. We had 90 minute ride to the stadium so the corps will have some time to rest and reflect. It was very business like at warm-ups. The walk to the gate had focus and intensity written on everyone's faces. Bones made his first appearance of the season in the back grandstands. The performance was a beauty. The audience was applauding loudly and frequently. They jumped to their feet when the giant peace sign formation was on the field. They loved the Crossmen today. That is the big payoff for the corps. Making 6,000 people stand up is a reward like no other.

after the performance, packing the gear and dinner everyone scattered with their friends to various places around the stadium or to the stadium to watch other corps perform. We set butt in seat time for 8:50 for the corps and got the corps out of the lot and on their way by 9:15. The staff, Jordan and the balance of the admin left after the drum major retreat at 10. We are blasting 450 miles down IH 35 tonight. Getting closer to home the rest of this week. 


Bones makes his first appearance of the summer



The Protest brings Peace to Minneapolis!

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