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Crossmen Productions Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Bands & Ensembles

Mission: Crossmen Productions, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) education and youth development organization assisting young people in becoming outstanding individuals through music and the performing arts.

Target demographics: young adults develop and thrive as confident individuals through youth development, music education and performing arts.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,000 campers, students and performing members.

Geographic areas served: San Antonio, Texas

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

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Randy P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow! What a departure from yesteryear.
Love the defiant attitude and costume to program, guitars add new dimensions to program.
Prelude kicks ass entering field, brass,ensemble and guard are impressive.
Thanks for an entertaining program
Hats off to students and staff

Donor

Rating: 5

I march with a Crossmen in 1990 to 1993. During the summer tour, it was the best of my life. It’s aunt me confidence, responsibility, and discipline. I wish every young adult could experience this wonderful family. I wish the current 2018 Crossmen the best summer tour ever.

Don S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can say with certainty that my life has changed for the better because of this organization.
I marched with Crossmen in 1990 & 1991. I was a young man who was having trouble finding my way and had been going down the wrong path.
Because of this organization and the amazing people involved, I have become a productive member of society and a much better person.
Most people only look at the obvious aspects of the organization, members become better musicians, they learn how to carry themselves, they learn how to work together for the greater good. They struggle together until it's just right and they ultimately stand together on the field to wild applause.
As I move ahead in years, I have come to appreciate the true teachings of the organization. I learned what service to others means. I learned what true leadership means. More importantly I was surrounded by people who all pushed and supported each other every day.

The Crossmen continue to do this today and I'm certain the current members are experiencing many "life moments" that will be rememebed with fondness as they grow older.

I support this organization financially and by being a guardian to current members. If you are unfamiliar with The Crossmen, please look them up or even better attend a show. Watch the show in the stands to appreciate the performance. Then try to get a chance to see what happens after the show, in the parking lots. You will see young people working hard together all summer and forming bonds that last a lifetime.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can say with certainty, my life would not be what it is without the Crossmen. Crossmen Productions Inc. provides amazing opportunities for young people to define what they are capable of, not only as a performer, but as a productive citizen. The opportunities for young adults to be part of something bigger than themselves all while performing at a very high level alone makes this organization worthy. Add to this the experience of touring the country and members form bonds that will last their lifetime, it truly is a worthy organization for young adults to grow. Being an alumni of the Corps I love the way the leadership has embraced the history and encourages interaction between us old members and the current members. I was fortunate enough to have been able to participate in an alumni event this past summer that allowed me a better view of the current leadership and I encourage them to hold true to their values and wish the Crossmen continued success in and off the field.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Crossman drive your car or an amazing group that travels the country each summer with talented individuals that love music!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group positively effecting youth and teaching skills that last a lifetime!

1 Carole S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great youth organization. Can't say enough about the amazing and positive life-skills building program they offer!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great youth activity organization. Having gone through it myself 30 years ago, I still feel welcome by the current staff and administration, and that says a lot. It is an excellent learning environment for musicians and performers to hone their craft.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I marched with Crossmen for five years. They are a top notch youth organization and have grown even stronger since moving to Texas. I support them 100%!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crossmen Productions is a wonderful, supportive organization for our young people that love the Music & Performing Arts. They give the young musicians & dancers an international competitive opportunity to compete with others from around the Country & World. It teaches a sense of self along with learning to do your best to make the whole Team perform at its best. The Drum $ Bugle Corps travels around the country for approximately six weeks every summer. These six weeks will challenge the bravest. Practicing in the hot weather everyday, competing most nights, sleeping on gym floors & on long night time bus rides. The reward of performing in stadiums filed with fans is their reward.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The crossmen are truly a world class organization; not only a drum corps but, a family. The experience gained from being involved in this organization was more than educational. Rehearsing, traveling, eating and living with this group helped to build character a sense of responsibility, accountability and self worth. The values of teamwork, comeraderie and discipline learned here shaped me as a person and made me a better teacher, father and husband. The lifelong friends that I have accumulated from my years with the corps are invaluable. The crossmen will be part of me forever!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An outstanding organization that is committed to the development of the young adults that take part in their program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I marched my Rookout year with Crossmen in its first year in Texas in 2007. I have to say that it has been one of the single greatest experiences of my life. Even as I have had a successful career as a Marine for 9 years, I got to say that lessons of hard work, teamwork and dedication to perfection are unmatched by any other activity for young adults. To top it off, the culture of Bones, what it means to be a Crossmen with its traditions and legacy will continue to fill a void in a world where values are becoming more scarce. I wished every young adult would participate in Drum Corps for the values it instills.

Donor

Rating: 5

Crossmen Productions has provided amazing life experiences for thousands of young musicians and performers!

1 Kevin63

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a member of this organization for two years. They helped me grow into an adult and understand responsibilities that go beyond music and skills that I can take into a workplace. They helped shape me to be a better person every day and constantly push my limits of what i can do. I would not be the person i am today without this organization.

Fred M

Board Member

Rating: 5

Life changing experiences for young musicians and performers!

Donor

Rating: 5

Life lessons taught and lifetime experiences gained by all who become Crossmen. It is a first class organization that strives to improve the lives of all its members. I would not trade my years of experiences associated with drum corps for all the money in the world.

Jamie91

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During a very difficult time in my life, the Crossmen provided me with an outlet to pursue my passion for music. The instruction I received stayed with me to this day and was a part of me throughout my time as a professional musician. Beyond the musical involvement, the life lessons I learned with my time in the Crossmen is invaluable. I often say basic training in the Marine Corps was nothing compared to the 1993 season on the road with the Crossmen. I made life-long friends and became a better person,professional and human being because of this amazing organization. There is no more nobler place to donate my time and money than with the Crossmen.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

From a young age I was very big in to music. When I joined The Crossmen, I was able to improve not only my musicianship but it taught me so much more. I learned more through my time in the Crossmen than I had leading up to that time in my life. Discipline, team work, musicianship, hard work and dedication...These are just a few traits I learned during my time with the corps. these traits would propel me to a very successful military career which without the Crossmen, I would not have been able to do. The people, the administration, the quest for success through building positive citizens is what an organization is all about!

Jason126

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly a wonderful organization full amazing people!! I love you all!! Thank you for giving me an amazing experience and ageout season!!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crossmen Productions Inc is not only successful in what they do, but they change lives while doing it. Their commitment to excellence in young adults' lives is incredible. They continuously go above and beyond to ensure the growth of each individual that is associated with the program. Crossmen develops musicians and performers to be great at what they do - on the performance field and in life. I would not be who I am without Crossmen.

Caitlin H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Crossmen is a world class organization that truly enrich the lives of everyone involved. I wouldn't trade my experience with them for the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization for 2 years. They create such a positive and productive atmosphere that I have not found anywhere else. I could never thank them enough for helping me become the performer, student, and person I am today.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is perfect for young adults to participate in! Not only do they receive top level performance education, they also get an opportunity to entertain thousands of people across the country each summer. The performers in this ensemble learn more about themselves and what they can accomplish as a greater whole. Being a member for four years was life-altering and I still utilize the lessons and tools that I learned from the experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional that is a former beneficiary of this great group's work I can't say enough how it helped me grow as an individual and as a professional. As a youth it taught me discipline and team work. As a young professional it gave me a environment that allowed me to grow artistically and as an educator. Most of all I learned to not settle for what was comfortable but to push for excellence.

Allison J.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have donated to Crossmen Productions for the past 3 years. The experience they provide to young musicians is surpassed by no other organization. They have a reputation for professionalism in their field, and for staffing some of the most talented music educators. Any young musician would be happy to share their summers with the Crossmen.

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Scott L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crossmen Productions does an amazing job servicing their community of San Antonio. The opportunity they offer music students is top-notch. They love that is put into making their organization run is inspirational.

The struggle to fund this non-profit organization, as with most non-profits, is always a challenge. The work they do to make things happen is never-ending.

Any help would always make a difference!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have marched with the Crossmen for seven years and we had a great time traveling and competing with a group that I now call my Family. I still follow the Crossmen when they come back East and cheer them on at the shows that I can attend.

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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!"

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I marched with the Crossmen for six years. I had a great time with the Crossmen and my experiences with them made me the person I am today. I have met some of the greatest people in the world and I can't imagine my life without them.

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Chris L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Crossmen plays a big part in my life right now as this is my 3rd year participating in this organization. The life lessons and the people I have met make me the person I am today. Also in the past two year I have been blessed to have been taught by such great individuals as my dear friends Adam Farley and Aaron Goldberg. Although I am sad that they do not get to join the Crossmen this season, I still honor and cherish every moment I had spent with them and try to stay in contact with them as much as I can. Furthermore, the couple that runs this organization, Fred and Maureen Morrison, are the most kind, caring, passionate people I have ever met and they would do any thing for this organization to keep it afloat along with all of the Alumni and fans, if you (the reader), could witness the things we do in the summer and the fellowship that is created, you would be able to say "There is a lot of love in the Crossmen I want to be a part of this". I hope you feel that way, because we surely do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Crossmen are a great organization that fosters development in young people both musically and in life. The members I know who have been in this organization have grown in many aspects that prepare them for life after school. They learn to work with people from all backgrounds and views to put together a production that exhibits a common goal.

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Heather T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Marching drum corps was a wonderful experience. You learn to work with a group of people from different backgrounds to develop a wonderful product. Those who have marched drum corps are richer for the experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Crossmen experience is an esoteric one, if there ever was such a thing. I know of no other organization that combines unique identity and history with a progressive philosophy of adaptation and enrichment. Though it's true that this organization's past is exciting enough to be a part of, it still pales in comparison to the excitement I feel from knowing what kind of history an organization like this has yet to make for itself.

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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.

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Patrick Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Crossmen are living breathing examples of an organization that has created a culture of personal enrichment for their members channeled through the music arts activity. They have placed the emphasis on personal improvement and teamwork over winning trophies and have a devoted following of past members and fans nationwide. I look forward to their continued success within the Drum Corps arena.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crossmen change lives for young music, dance and color guard students by providing them with opportunities to become not only better at their passion, but better human beings. This means that the world is made a little better one "bones" at a time and I am personnally proud to know they are a part of it!! Keep rockin!

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Jon R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome music arts program for young people. I had the honor of joining the Crossmen and being a member for 4 years. You join to learn about music or dance, but you learn about life. I was happy to use the skills I learn in the corps to give back to the next generation when I had a chance to instruct.

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An outstanding organization that has helped many students grow as individuals and musicians throughout the years. Many of the members of this organization have gone on to teach and play an important role in the development of other students and the activity of drum corps.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Life-long friends. Memories, I will always cherish. And growing as a person. What else do I need to say? Crossmen changed my life for the better, and I could not imagine myself today had I never joined. Thank you, Crossmen.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization changed my life. Cliche? Maybe, but that doesn't make it any less true. I met some of the greatest people in the world (including my wife) at the Crossmen. I developed and grew as a person, and watched those around me do the same. I am a stronger, better, more self -actualized man becuase of the years I spent in this fantastic organization.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I marched for two years & meet some great people from all parts of the country. Many of them I'm still in touch with. I all got to see part of the country I would have not seen. It was a lot of work but it has help me in life to know with hard work I can do & learn any thing I set my mind to.

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David D.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Crossmen Drum Corps have been affacting the lives of youth in a positive way since 1975!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Crossmen is an organization for young people. Not only is it wonderful for making young people excel in the arts it also builds self discipline and promote Scholarship in music and dance. As an organization it prepares the younger generation for the future life's unseen up's and downs

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Alexander S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Crossmen is an enlightening organization for young people. Not only is it wonderful for making young people excel in the arts it also builds self discipline and promotes the realization of self potential.

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Matt H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crossmen is a wonderful organization for kids to learn more and to become more divulged in the drum corps activity.

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Erik S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Crossmen are a great organization that have provided valuable education many youths throughout the years. I look forward to seeing what their program puts out for the public every year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Crossmen experience provides memories that last a life time. To this day (31 years after my first day) my memories are vivid and irreplacable!! The long days of hard work that end in the thrill of competition and satisfaction of achievement builds character in all participants. The bonds of frienship are everlasting!!!!

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Xiomara C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Crossmen has helped me become the best person i could ever have to thought to have become. They guide artists of all kinds of the visual arts to the arts of music and bring us all together to make us a family to move as a unit and become better humans. Without the Crossmen i would have never known how strong i really was mentally or physically. I owe a great deal to the Crossmen for making me who i am today.

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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.

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Steve M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Crossmen do a fantastic job nurturing young musicians as well as young adults. A Great Non Profit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I marched with the Crossmen for 1 year, and it was the best experience of my life. I made lifelong friends and learned lessons that will always be a part of me. Best organization in my opinion.

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Jennifer R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I marched in 88 & 89, and I will always treasure my time with the Crossmen. The music education was superb, and the life experiences were unmatched.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I marched with The Crossmen from 2004 to 2007. The friendships, connections, and acquaintances that I gained from my experiences with this organization are countless and still continue to manifest themselves all the time! I never could've imagined all that I have gotten from being a member, and now, being an alumni. There is a "Crossmen way" of living your life and for those of us that have had the privilege of being taught how to do so, we are forever grateful. This organization not only shaped my desired profession but also imparted me with invaluable knowledge that I could not have gotten elsewhere.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have marched with the Crossmen every year since 2007 and I am eligible to march two more seasons until I age out in 2012. This organization has taught me an extraordinary amount about music, marching, and life in general. It has also given me some of my closest and best friends that I have had. The Crossmen has become a family to me. I have gained so much in the way of leadership skills and a great work ethic which is noticeable in my every day life. There is no group I would rather be with than the Crossmen.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the Crossmen. They are the only drum and bugle corps I ever really wanted to be in, and I had a chance to march in a few of the most memorable shows in the history of the drum corps.

I fell in love with the Crossmen when I was a middle school student. I would practice with the intention of earning a spot in the Crossmen, spending hours upon hours memorizing everything about the Corps; their history, how they held their instruments, and how they performed on the field.

When I finally had a chance to march with the corps I was 19 years old. I spent three summers marching soprano with the corps, practicing as hard as I could because I knew I was a part of something bigger than me...I was part of a team that's sole purpose was entertaining the audience.

Years later I am a high school band director. I send my students to the Crossmen any chance I get because I know that they will fall in love with the corps just like I did. There is no better drum corps in the activity than the Crossmen!

BOOTS!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Crossmen. I like the circles they make on the field when they play. My mom was marching with them a long time ago and she says that being a Crossmen is the best thing ever.

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Amy J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Im not sure I realized what I was getting into at first. Being a JR in a high school marching band wasn't quite the same as what I was about to encounter. But I soon learned that if you have the passion to march .. a committment to your new-found "family".. and the willingness to leave everything out on the field every day...then this is where I was meant to be. The summer of '79 turmed out to be a very important time in my life. While touring with the Crossmen.. I learned I was stronger than I thought I was....and these other people on the field with me, were some of the most compassionate people I knew. I also learned it wasn't ALWAYS about the final score...sometimes it was making sure a "rival" corps could just make it to the field to begin with. From Disneyland to Ypsilanti , Michigan....Nebraska to Birmingham, Alabama...when you end the show and you can barely move....you think to yourself..."Can't wait to do this again tomorrow night".

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has provided me with tons of great memories I can share for the rest of my life. They have taken me in as one of their own and I feel like everyone who has ever been a part of the organization is a family member. I have gained a great work ethic and many real life skills from the Crossmen. I have learned how to work with people from diverse backgrounds and have learned how to push through when times get rough. I also became a better musician and music educator because of the Crossmen. They truly are a World Class organization.

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