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Crossmen Productions Inc

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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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Jackie D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Jean L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Kevin M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization teaches children how to play music, march as an ensemble, team building and lots of self disipline. I marched with the Crossmen 3decades ago and it taught me a great deal about my self and about how to disipline myself while reaching as far as possible for my goals.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am someone that got sucked in the Crossmen through my spouse. The Crossmen was a great part of her youth for many, many years growing up. I never really understood the depth of her love for the corps and how much of a bond that many of her friends still have after so many years. I was somewhat jealous you could say, because it's very rare today to find so many people that have the bond they have. Not just in their local communities but whereever we go, we know someone that either marched with her or someone that knows a friend of hers from the corps. I realized that through volunteering with the corps they have made me feel like part of the family even though I have never spent one day on the field with them.

I spent a long weekend back in 2006 driving one of the equipment trucks from Virginia to Maryland. The convoy of vehicles driving down the road in the pouring down rain and everyone communicating on the CB radio was great. I remember pulling into the school where the corps was staying at three in the morning and everyone dragging there feet to find a spot in the school to sleep.

However, my first experience volunteering for the corps is the one that will last for years. My friends' own a catering company and the Crossmen Alumni Association took up a collection of money to buy a dinner for the corps and give the regular volunteers a much needed break for the day. My wife and our friends cooked a great Roast Beef dinner with all of the sides, drinking fountains of punch and real silverware! The kids were so excited and appreciative that I realized why my wife dedicates so much of her free time to the corps.