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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"Alma Gitana" a gypsy soul

 Crossmen 40th DCI Summer Tour- Day 2
Show Day- Toll Brothers Southlake in the Square

Housing- Southlake HS 

It is a beautiful morning in Southlake. Maureen swings by the school to take Jason "Easy Money" Martinez and I to mass at 8:30 for the 9 AM service. After church we report back to Crossmen central. Jason changes into his rehearsal gear and goes back to work. Maureen and I head to our son Erik's place in order to spend a little Father's Day family time together prior to our departure to the show in the square.

We arrive in time to join the convoy and make the short trip to Southlake Square. Our awesome event committee has outdone themselves again. Spearheaded by John & Rhonda Schock and Mike & Jean Lyman the 4th edition of the Crossmen Toll Brothers Southlake Father's Day in the Square has grown and improved on every front.

The event opens with the National Anthem by the Crossmen Small Ensemble and posting of the colors by local Boy Scout Troop 1905 from Compass Christian Church in Colleyville. The Metro Praise Youth Orchestra led off the entertainment for the evening with some great jazz numbers. The audience was very appreciative of their efforts. The ensemble is made up of some very talented local high school performers that get together each summer for special event performances like the Showcase. Thanks to director, Gary Phillips for bringing his fine group of young folks to our event.

The Genesis Drum Corps from Austin made the trip this year to the delight of the 2000 or so spectators in the park like setting of the square. They performed their 2014 production, "Art of Darkness" giving the audience their first taste of that special drum corps sound.

After Genesis entertained the enthusiastic spectators, Crossmen displayed warm up techniques of each section of the corps in an attempt to educate the first timers in the crowd about drum corps. Emcee, John Schock, had me speak a few words about Drum Corps International and our summer tour for those in attendance that were unaware of the scope of what we do each summer.

Crossmen performed "Alma Gitana" in the stand still setting of the gazebo. Drum Major, Jordan Schock, conducted the encore and finale for the evening, Alfred Reed's"Russian Christmas Music", the corps song. We load everything into the equipment truck, have snack and load up for tonight's 350 mile trip to Kermit, TX. Safe travels Crossmen!

Posted by Fred Morrison on 15th June, 2014 | Comments | Trackbacks
Categories: #dci2014, DCI, Drum corps, Crossmen, Alma Gitana, a gypsy soul
Tags: a gypsy soul, Alma Gitana, Crossmen, Drum corps, DCI, #dci2014

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