2013 Crossmen Protest Tour
Day 49, Wednesday, July 31stThe ride to Chesapeake was 335 miles long but uneventful.We like it that way. Normal fuel and rest stops and expected arrival times help us get the rest and rehearsal time that we need in order to improve. The West Chester Show is one that we look forward to when we are able to put it on the schedule because we are able to see a bunch of our alumni supporters and be near the birthplace of the corps.
Show Day- West Chester State University
Housing- Bohemia Manor HS, Chesapeake, MD
Tonight had some really special moments and memories created. After our performance in front of an excited audience we had a combined snack with the Madison Scouts. Chris Komnick & Dann Peterson from the Scouts have become some of my favorite DCI friends. We have made a conscious effort to get our members together at least once each year for a meal or snack. Our emphasis is that we compete on the football field, applaud each other's efforts and everywhere else support each other through friendship and fellowship. The two corps mingled and made some new friends that will add to the memories we are creating this summer.
After snack most everyone made their way back to the stadium to witness a tribute to the Crossmen pulled together by the Reilly Raider Alumni Corps. The corps is a who's who of Crossmen alums with the added treat of some of the most famous snare drummers from the early Crossmen era. The ensemble played a tribute to the Crossmen after their exhibition performance that took place while the scores were being tabulated from the DCI competition. Crossmen Drum Major, Jordan Schock, was asked to conduct the Crossmen corps song, "Russian Christmas Music" along with the Reilly Raiders conductors. Afterwards any former Crossmen directors/administrators and I were asked to pose for a photograph with the Reilly/Crossmen alums and Jordan. It was a classic "Kodak moment" that we will treasure. After the festivities we load up and make our way to Lawrence, MA. This is always a tough ride as the distance is long and the roads rough. Hopefully everything will stay in one piece!
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