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Causes: Arts & Culture, Bands & Ensembles

Mission: We are committed to teaching our members the life skills they need to succeed through music education and performance.

Programs: The crossmen drum corps is a program that assists young people on the path to become wonderful human beings through the participation in the arts. The crossmen provide music education and also life-lessons for their alumni to carry with them into their future lives as adults. Students learn important life skills including leadership, goal setting, and conflict resolution. The drum corps includes opportunities for students to exercise their potential not only as musicians, but as complete human beings. There are 158 members who participate in the drum corps. The crossmen hold experience camps in the early fall each year where approximately 521 students ranging from the ages of 14-21 come together to learn what it is like to be a member of a world class drum corps and audition for a spot if they so choose. They spend a weekend of instruction with our professional staff with lessons in both music and visual skills. The crossmen host an experience day each june where 100 or more young people come to interact and receive music education from both the members of the corps as well as professional staff.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Natalie81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with this organization for about ten years now and they still continue to amaze me. They have been through major ups and downs, new and old faces, traditions old and new, and have traveled the nation countless times since 1974. I am constantly and profoundly proud and impressed with the leading staff and administration and more importantly, the quality of individuals that come out of the Crossmen organization. I wouldn't be anywhere like I am today without being challenged and pushed as the Crossmen do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for many years. Crossmen Productions is run by very hardworking people. When you volunteer you can expect to work hard, and have a lot of fun.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crossmen are run by a dedicated group of individuals who always place the needs of the members first. The current leadership has put the group on sound financial footing and managed the demands of the competitive side of the activity with what is in the members' best physical and mental interests to achieve sustained success. An impressive feat!

Jennifer578

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been proud to be both an alumni and now a volunteer for Crossmen, which has given me the opportunity to see lives impacted in a profoundly positive manner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization which fully accomplishes its mission. They not only focus on the musical and performance development of the members, but also work to develop organizational skills, responsibility, and teamwork. The members come out of their experience having acquired skills they will use throughout their lifetime, no matter where their career choice takes them. The corps directors are truly caring people who focus on the individual. They have maintained a family environment - members and volunteers are treated as family and are always welcomed back.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As aparent volunteer of a now second year Crossmen I could not be more imptessed! This corps is a family that has already infuenced my son's work ethic, leadership skills, passion for music and COMMITMENT to TEAM! My wife and I coud not be more impressed with our/his "Crossmen Experience!"

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first encountered the Crossmen in 1978 on the televised DCI Finals telecast from Denver, Co. I was struck by their style, energy and unique appearance incorporating capes and painted drummer's faces. I had the distinct honor and privilege of becoming a member of the Crossmen percussion section for the 1982 and 1984 seasons. I felt part of something special and established. The Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps are an extended family of members, instructors, directors and volunteers. After one marches with the Crossmen they are included in a family that spans years, generations and geography. Even though the organization has relocated to Texas, there is still a strong tie to the Philadelphia area and the former members and instructors that founded this strong competitive unit. Many of which continue to support and honor the corps still today. I place the years I marched with the Crossmen on the short-list of things of which I am most proud.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Drum corps is a major component of my life and my experience in the activity began when I joined the Crossmen hornline as a freshman in high school. I gained many skills and relationships only obtained through marching corps. I went on to march the Blue Devils in 2010, where I will remain for the next 4 years.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through the years I have witnessed hundreds of students development a work ethic beyond reproach.While they are working to better their performance level they are also developing character, a sense of self-discipline, and people skills. They learn to push themselves further than they they thought possible.Students, staff & volunteers build & develop life long friendships. I wish that I could personally afford to sponsor each & every member; for I know how hard it is to raise the funds needed to participate in this activity. We need to try to gain corporate sponsors to defray the cost of the members. It is difficult to get alumni, parents, & volunteers together to organize and run successful fund raising events.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to the Crossmen very naive. I knew that the activity was very physically demanding, but I really had no idea what I was in for until Spring Training. At first, I was very exhausted and tired all the time, but I soon realized that everyone else was going through the same thing and that another part of this activity was understanding that everybody is hurting, and the fact that we all work together to perform to the best of our ability is far more rewarding than I ever thought possible. I went home after finals feeling very bittersweet. Happy that I would finally be able to go home and see my family and get some rest. But sad because my second family would all be returning to their homes to do the same, and as more time went on in the Fall, I had another realization, that I HAD to go back to the Crossmen. Not because someone made me, but because I live for this activity. I grew up watching drum corp videos thinking I would never be able to get to that level, and now here I am, and I would rather not age out this year anywhere else than the Crossmen.

Review from Guidestar