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February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

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!"

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Seeing personal growth in young adults and a commitment to excellence!

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Hep Fred and Maureen Morrison continue to build upon their positive culture and compassion for EACH corps member!

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

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.

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After my years marching in DCI and specifically with the Crossmen. I was able to take the skills and advanced training I received through the corps and apply them to teaching several high school drum lines. Here, I was able to expose more enthusiastic and talented young drummers to the exciting and amazing world of Drum Corps. Several of whom went on to march with the Crossmen or other top-level junior corps. So, by marching and giving back to the local music community - the torch was successfully passed.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Possibly reach to the past and include alumni and former instructors regarding the direction the corps may take.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

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.

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gained much of my drum corps experience while a member of the Crossmen

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make auditions more accessible

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

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.

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My son marched the Crossmen for 2 of his 7 years in drum corps and I believe that this organization played pivotal rule in who my son is today. I have witnessed the transformation of hundreds of excited young performers blossom into talented respectful young adults.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more involvement from it's alumni both financially and in volunteering of their time.

February 12, 2011

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February 12, 2011

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.

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the form of a marcher.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Show our show more often so that we, as marchers, can see what we are actually performing and see what our staff is trying to critique us on throughout the day.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I marched two years with the crossmen. It was two years that will be forever in my heart. The people I met in the Crossmen are life long friends that I wouldn't do anything for. When I joined the Crossmen in 79 I was a sophomore. I knew what I was getting into because I marched with other corps before the Crossmen. However, 79 was a lesson of humility and toughness. After the 79 season, I became a much more confident and a stronger person because of the adversity we had to endure. The Crossmen taught me the meaning of excellence through hard work. This lesson, has brought me a live time of happiness.

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In my daily life

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Not a thing

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

This is a fine organization that provides an incredible experience to its members each year. I had the pleasure of watching the Crossmen rehearse in San Antonio last summer and the work ethic that these kids present is unbelievable. The Crossmen is creating future leaders and helping to shape the lives of 150+ young people each year.

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I am a former drum corps member and I have seen the work ethic that this corps instills in young people.

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I would create more opportunities for the corps to improve the lives of young people in the San Antonio area through additional youth programs.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

The Crossmen organization is well-run. They always put the safety of their members first when they travel.

My husband and I volunteered on tour with them and it was a great experience.

The young members of the corps work so hard to perfect their show and practice in the hot sun
sometimes 12 hours a day.

It give kids a chance to travel the country; which most of them wouldn't get to do normally.

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in my everyday life

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more corporate sponsorship to lower member tuition.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I spent three wonderful summers marching for the Crossmen Organization in the late 70s/early 80s. They honestly were some of the best times of my life. I grew up a Crossmen; learned "survival" skills, and made life-long relationships. Today, it warms my heart to see that these relationships have flourished. The Productions of the Crossmen are professional to say the least.

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My maturity.

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come back to PA

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

This organization brings together a combination rarely found today for any member who has the privilege to join this corps. First the members have a unique experience to learn music, performance and teamwork from a very talented staff. Second, they learn that discipline and hard work are necessary to achieve their ultimate goals. Thirdly, they establish bonds for life - they become a part of a family forever - those who came before them and those who march with them. In addition, the volunteers who give their time and talents to help the corps also become a part of this extended family. They are always welcome no matter where the corps go. For the past two years, I have given time to support the corps on the road. The staff is supportive and open to areas where they can improve. They ask no less of themselves than they ask of their members.

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the changes I have seen in my son. He has a drive to succeed and he supports this corps every day of his life. He has improved in musicianship and in leadership. Through this experience, he has met and bonded with several professionals whom he will always be able to call his friends, and whom, I am sure will support him in his professional career.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them additional funding to be able to do even more.

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