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 42, Wednesday, July 24th
Show Day- Little Rock
Housing- Bauxite HS, Bauxite, AR

Our journey was just under 300 miles last night. Nothing earth shattering to report about the ride. That is always a good thing. The less road adventure the better. When it comes to the convoy, boring is good!

The fun thing about our new housing site is the history of the local area. Bauxite is the ore that aluminum comes from. During World War II this area was responsible for 95% of the country's aluminum. The modern, aluminum skinned airplane would not have been possible with out the efforts of the 7,000 residents that lived here during that critical time in our country's history. The town is currently populated by 400 people as the mining of the ore became cheaper in other parts of the world so the production has dropped to next to nothing. The people are proud of their heritage and the role that they played in our fight to preserve freedom. The admin team found the Bauxite Museum adjacent to the school and went on a little field trip today. We learned more about bauxite and mining than we ever imagined we would. This was an added benefit to our pleasant stay in the town.

Mr. Cross, the Bauxite HS Band  director, is our host here. He marched in Sky Riders back in the day and has been a Crossmen fan for a long time. The band is starting summer camp today and one of the orders of business is to watch the Crossmen ensemble rehearsal. The corps enjoyed another cool ensemble rehearsal with an enthusiastic audience.We ate and loaded the gear for the show.

The War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock is a great drum corps venue with lots of potential for growth. The crowd is larger than last year even though last time we were rained out after half of the corps performed including Crossmen. We had a great run tonight and are pretty happy with the result knowing all the while that we have so much more room for growth. After the performance and snack Mike Lennox talked to the corps about the Sevierville Show milestone from the 70's and how it shaped the history and personality of the corps. They now know the true meaning of "Unity" for the Crossmen. We pick each other up and encourage each other no matter the situation. It is in our genome.

We make the short ride back to the housing site and welcome a full night on the floor. The conditions are cool and pleasant. Perfect for a great night's rest.

Crossmen on the Jumbotron at War Memorial Stadium

Posted by Fred Morrison on 25th July, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks

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