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 47, Monday, July 29th
Rehearsal/Laundry/Free Day- Charlotte, NC
Housing- Rock Hill HS, Rock Hill, SC

After 245 miles and approximately 5 hours, we arrived at our housing site in Rock Hill, SC. Our friends Kevin Brown and Brian Turner are band directors here. They have extended their hospitality to the Crossmen as a mid- way point to our next stop in Virginia. I have known BT since my very first exposure to DCI touring. Brian picked me  and my two kids up at the airport in a Carolina Crown motorcoach at the Charlotte Airport in the summer of 2004. We volunteered to help on the food truck for 10 days. On the road with Crown is where I developed the love for the activity I refer to as the disease without a cure. You can't really appreciate all of the hard work and effort that 200 human beings will endure in their efforts for a common cause. The pursuit of excellence and perfecting an 11 minute production for the pleasure of an audience is what drives us. The life lessons learned along the way is the ultimate pay off. We love the journey together. It is infectious.

We had a pretty easy day today. One rehearsal block that started after a late breakfast was followed by laundry and some free time at the Concord Mills Mall up the road 60 miles in Charlotte. The admin team skipped the laundry and went straight to the mall after saying our goodbyes to our Rock Hill HS friends. The mission for us was to hit the go kart track at the mall then have a nice meal together. Te kart track was a real hit. Some of the percussion staff were there also so Crossmen had a real race going. The first stop for the admin team was the circle track. Rico had a lightning fast ride that the rest of us had no chance of catching. I think he had a nitrous bottle on him and didn't tell us. The next stop was the road course. I got lucky and had the rocket ship this time. We had a great time passing the two seaters and then the rest of the pack. Rico and I agreed to start in the rear because of the last race result so we had to wind through the pack. Joe and Rico got together and this opened the door for me to get out front. After the thrill first two rounds of the karts we went and had a bite to eat. After dinner we staged the last of the karting events. We had a red flag wreck a few laps in, brought on by one of the other guests. After untangling everyone I shot by Joe and cruised to the finish. Buck was right behind me upholding the honor of the percussion staff. We couldn't stop talking about the excitement we shared. It was a good time and a great release for all of us. Nine-thirty came and it was time to make our way to Virginia!

The Admin Racing Team getting ready for first round.

Our weapons of choice!

Posted by Fred Morrison on 29th July, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks

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