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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.

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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.

Volunteer & I was a member of the percussion section - tenor line.

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