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 50, Thursday, August 1st
Show Day- Lawrence, MA
Housing- Groton School, Groton, MA


Maddy Wilson makes her annual donation to the Crossmen. Her mom Karen says that it always starts with ice cream. Maddy saves the coins in a plastic ice cream container and brings it to her Crossmen every year since she was seven.
The roads were rougher than expected and the tolls for the privilege of driving on them were more expensive than expected as well. I don't know what they are doing with the toll money but they aren't spending it on road maintenance! All of us in the RV were airborne at multiple times on the trip. We weren't sure about the motorcoaches but our ride in the Command Center was the worst of the summer. Stuff was falling out of cabinets things that didn't rattle before were shaken to the max. We survived it though and found ourselves in a paradise at the Groton School. Our hosts were very gracious and generous. The staff was offered a meal in the cafeteria for lunch. The volunteers and staff had drinks and treats ready for them in their sleeping quarters. The members were delivered treats to be served along with snack by a faculty member. We felt like rock stars! The grounds are story book like and maintained to perfection.

We had two wonderful visitors today! Maddy Wilson and her mom Karen came by to see their Crossmen. Since she was 6 years old Maddy adopted the Crossmen. The first years she lived in Virginia and came by our housing site and watched rehearsal. After the she fell in love with the Crossmen she wanted to know how she could help. Her mom and dad helped her collect bottles and cans to redeem at the collection center. The following year Maddy brought her donation to the corps. In 2007 I was the happy recipient on behalf of the corps. Our tradition is that we take a photo together and mark her growth progress. Each year Maddy has made the collection for the corps grow. This year she presented us with over $160.00. It is always amazing to see how much she has grown in stature and maturity. Her personality continues to mature. She has become a very nice well spoken young lady with a great sense of humor. Maddy starts high school this September. She picked up the trumpet in middle school and has continued to grow as a musician. Her ultimate goal is to become a member of the Crossmen some day. That day is getting closer! Maddy is almost as tall as I am now. We look forward to the day that she makes her dream a reality.

After rehearsal we EPL and head for the stadium. We were here a few years ago and the venue becomes very familiar. The gate walk is long but the parking is more than spacious especially with only four world class corps in the competition. The crowd was very excited to see Crossmen and they showed their appreciation by standing two or three times for our performance. It was a great way to send us on our way south for our housing site in NJ as we are now to prepare for the last regional in Allentown. Our second home coming of the season is on the horizon. you can feel that everyone is anticipating the historic venue in Allentown.

Cymbals working with Tim Green in Groton, MA. This place is like a national park.

Posted by Fred Morrison on 1st August, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks
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