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Sunday, June 21, 2009

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Local music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to witness one of the premier young ensembles the country has to offer.

The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps of San Antonio, Texas, will pay a visit to Northview High School on Wednesday, June 24.

The visit, the second one the group has made to Northview, is part of a national tour that will take them 15,000 miles across 22 states.

The tour will culminate with a performance at the Drum Corps international Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Championship event takes place Aug. 6-8.

Crossmen features 150 performers of percussion, brass and color guard, ranging from the ages of 15-21. The group was formed in 1975, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and operated there until relocating to San Antonio in 2007.

To prepare for the gig in Indianapolis, Crossmen are traveling to various locations in the country, holding various open-to-the-public rehearsals, which group Executive Director Fred Morrison said is used to "clean and perfect" their routine. This year's performance is entitled "Forbidden."

After daily run-throughs the group uses the evening for their "ensemble" session, which is a full rehearsal of the routine they will perform in Indianapolis. The routine runs 9-11 minutes.

A press release called the performance an "extravaganza of musical excellence, marching precision, color, drama, dance, humor and emotion."

One drawing point the Crossmen performance brings is the chance for local marching band talent to witness their style of performance on a much grander scale.

Northview Band Director Bob Medworth saw the group's 2007 performance in Brazil and said it made a lasting impression on him. He said he was hoping as many of his students as possible would come to see a first-rate ensemble performance.

"It's like if you were a basketball coach and Duke was coming to town," Medworth said. "I'd make (my players) come watch."

Morrison echoed Medworth's sentiments, saying he enjoyed touring the country as it gave young band performers an idea of what can be accomplished at the highest level of competition.

"(The performance) gives people an idea of what is achievable," Morrison said. "It's a lot harder than what they do in high school and college. It's what hard work turns into."

Morrison said that despite all the marvelous tangible accomplishments of Crossmen, the primary reason he would encourage people to witness their performance first-hand is to see the amount of effort put in by his youthful organization.

"This is a good display of young people working very hard," Morrison said. "A lot of times kids with good work ethics get overlooked and this is a good way to celebrate them. And if it helps bring more attention to the work we're doing, great."

Morrison said the group would attempt to make a specific schedule of events, but said he likely expected the full days activities to run "from sunrise to sunset."

For more information about Crossmen, including a full list of competitive activities, visit them online at www.crossmen.org. To learn more about competitive drum corps, visit www.dci.org.


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What time?

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Mon, Jun 22, 2009, at 9:03 AM

These guys are usually out all day pushing themselves, so you could probably catch them at any point during the day.

I recommend going in the evening, that way it's not miserably hot sitting in the car and you can most likely catch a run-through of their show.

-- Posted by glowbug92 on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 8:03 AM

I was told 4pm until 10pm

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 9:09 AM


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