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The Crossmen Return to NSU

Jun 4, 2024

The Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps are excited to return to Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for spring training during their 50th anniversary season.

The Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps are excited to return to Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for spring training during their 50th anniversary season. The partnership with NSU, their staff, music department and local community was a major highlight for the Crossmen during the 2023 season, and we are so thrilled to be back.


During their stay at NSU, the Crossmen will make use of NSU’s exceptional campus, which includes Leoser Residence Hall, staff apartments, Doc Wadley Stadium, multiple gyms, indoor turf field, five football-size fields and an auditorium.


"We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Northeastern State University and the Tahlequah community for our 50th anniversary season," David Borland, Board Chair of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, said. "In 2024, we are happy to announce that Crossmen has a performing member and staff member from the NSU and Tahlequah community. We look forward to continuing this relationship with the campus and community while pursuing our mission of providing life-changing experiences that teach our core values.”


The Crossmen would like to thank Dr. Joseph Bello, NSU Director of Bands and Sydney Smith, NSU Assistant Director of Conferences & Marketing, and all the NSU support staff for all their hard work in helping Crossmen feel right at home as they kick off their 2024 season.


With 430 alumni within a six-hour drive of Tahlequah and over 6,000 alumni worldwide, the Crossmen's presence will be felt throughout the region. The Crossmen create the leaders of tomorrow by providing life-changing experiences in the performing arts. Building on their Cherokee Nation heritage, Northeastern State University is committed to student success and a sustainable future for their diverse communities. With more than 80 workforce-ready undergraduate and graduate programs, NSU offers excellent opportunities to prepare for a successful career.


“As a former member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1996, I’m thrilled and excited to welcome the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps to NSU once again,” said Bello. “This Spring, when I received word that the Crossmen were interested in training at NSU for the second year in a row, we jumped at the opportunity! The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps represent all that is good and excellent with young people today.


“Here at NSU, our dedicated faculty focus on quality teaching, high expectations, and creating a friendly learning environment. The bands at NSU have a rich, 85-year history, and the Crossmen’s residency this spring will mark the second time this type of collaboration has occurred on our campus. We hope the NSU and Tahlequah communities will enjoy and learn from this incredible organization and wish them a wonderful 50th Anniversary Season!”


“We are so thrilled to once again host the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps for their 2024 Summer training. It has been such an honor to work alongside David and the Crossmen leadership team for a second year of this incredible and unique partnership,” Smith said, “Northeastern State University offers fantastic facilities for the corps to utilize for practices, meetings, housing and so much more. I am proud of what NSU has to offer, and I am excited to see how the Crossmen are able to use our campus to create an incredible and memorable show for their 2024 tour!"


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