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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AL CHEZ trumpet player for THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

I have been involved with THE CROSSMEN drum corps for 12 years now. Never being an alumnist of the corps I sometimes find myself wondering what I am doing helping a corps out of San Antonio Texas. As I live in NJ.
The crossmen are a WORLD CLASS ORGANIZATION that has changed the lives of young performers for many years. The importance of making better human beings seems to be the mission statement of this group. I am very proud to be part of such a giving , helping group.
I receive much more rewards from helping them as I woud rever imagined.

CHEZ

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Marching with the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps gave me the confidence to no longer be afraid of living my own life, and friendships that I will never be able to replace. Spending 12 hours a day in the hot sun, rehearsing the same show for 2 1/2 months, and dealing with the same group of people for all that time taught me more about dedication than I ever thought it would. I can now pursue anything and everything I want and know that I can achieve excellence in all fields of expertise. Thank you, Crossmen.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a Part of The Crossmen has improved my life by showing me how to be more responsible and to take ownership of my responsibilities. Ive also learned great time managment skills that have helped me in college. Along with those skills I have made so many new friends that I would have never met without the Crossmen. I love this oragnization and will miss it after I ageout.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I spent four summers with the Crossmen and i have to say that they are one of the best organizations that i have had the pleasure of being a part of. I have put so much time and energy into marching with the corps and it has been probably the most profitably experience in my life. My time with the Crossmen is invaluable as are the relationships and lessons I've learned from both the staff and the administration.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

simply put, caring. After being with Crossmen [aged out in 1984] some 20 and 7 years ago, I've been able to reconnect with fellow members and rekindle my friendships. Where else will you find something like this? We are FAMILY.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"As a member of this organization I have felt a sense of belonging. I made stronger friendships than I've made in my whole life. I learned more about myself during my time that summer than I have in any other organization I have ever been a part of. I have not and probably will not ever find a sense of family stronger than that which I found at the Crossmen. "

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a marching member of this organization from the 2010 season. To say it was life changing is an understatement. I felt like I was welcomed into a family and I have never been closer to a group of people in my life. Half way through the season I broke my arm and had to leave but a week before finals I was allowed back in to perform. I don't know of any other group that would let in a member that late in the season and I pretty much owe my entire life to this group. The Crossmen have been and will always be World Class.

Review from Guidestar

Landon S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps is much more than simply a professional marching band touring around the country. We are a family, learning about ourselves, testing our limits. Every day, through discipline, we enhance our minds, bodies, and spirits. I will never forget the time and experiences I have had, and continue to have with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Crossmen provided me with the experience and knowledge of music that I could not find in any other musical experience. Being a member of the Crossmen helped me discover my passion for music and teaching, which opened a new world of career opportunities that I would not have found had I not spent a summer with them. Now that I am teaching in this organization, I hope to share the same legacy of The Crossmen with new members, teach them what I now know as a musician, and help them apply that knowledge to their everyday lives.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps is an organization that shows people the true meaning of selflessness. You all get together for one goal, one common experience. Crossmen shows all different facets of chances for emotional growth. Responsibility, maturity, and character is what the Crossmen stands for, and it's what it provides for every member who joins. The strength of the alumni is vital for the growth of the corps, and as we all now, money is tight. However, it's something worth investing in. Being asked to describe details or specific events doesn't do this experience justice. There are high times and low times, periods of extreme happiness and devastating blows. In the three months that this organization grows during their time on tour, it surpasses any imaginable description that any one person can offer. It's something that shouldn't be looked over or tossed away. The Crossmen deserve the chance to grow stronger every season and be provided with amazing educational and networking opportunities, just like any other activity.

Review from Guidestar