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 40, Monday, July 22th
Rehearsal Day- Southlake Carroll High School

At the tire shop with the Mobile Command Center. These guys know their business and got us out of there in a hurry good as new.
The drive to Southlake Carroll High School from San Antonio is a familiar one to the Crossmen convoy. The road is the same path that we took when we left San Antonio on June 15th. The trip was episode free or at least that is what we thought. After the convoy located all of the equipment in their proper parking spots, Mobile Command Center pilot for this week, Bob Unfried noticed that we lost a tire to a blow out on the passenger side front tire of the cargo trailer that the Command Center pulls down the highway. The volley van didn't notice the blow out even though it trails directly behind the tandem. As passengers, we didn't hear or feel it in the RV. The tread was wrapped around the axle and that explained why the van didn't see it as there wasn't any debris tossed on the road in front of them from the trailer. The beauty of a tandem axle trailer is that even with one blown out tire you can go down the road with little or no trouble. We did a routine tire inspection that morning and found that the souvie trailer had two tires that probably should be replaced and the inside right rear tire on the Command Center needed replacing as the steel belts were about to give way. Fortunately we caught that in time as it could have made a mess of the body work if it let loose. The higher road temperatures are hard on tires and our vigilance in this area is important.

Joel located a tire center that could handle the larger 19 inch rims on the RV and Joe and Chelsea took the van and the three trailer wheels to Discount Tire in order to purchase three new trailer tires.Joel and I took the RV to Dallas where the RV tire place was located and were taken care of in short order. It took twice as long to drive there and back than it took to get the new tire installed. We are back in time for dinner and the ensemble rehearsal. When I extended the rear slide I heard a bang and couldn't see anything wrong though. We didn't think anything of it until light the next morning.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 22nd July, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks

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