Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps

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Crossmen
Crossmen.jpg
Location San Antonio, TX
Division World Class
Founded 1975
Director Fred Morrison
Championship titles 1977 American Legion
1981 VFW
Uniform Black jacket with
white Cross pattée
and shoulder accents
White gloves and gauntlets
Black pants
White aussies
w/red Cross pattée
black band & white plume

The Crossmen is a World Class (formerly Division I) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the Crossmen is a member corps of Drum Corps International (DCI).[1]

Corps History[edit]

The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 1975, by a merger of two suburban Philadelphia drum and bugle (D&B) corps, the Keystone Regiment and the 507 Hornets. The name "Crossmen" was chosen by the members of the new corps, in recognition of American Legion Post 507, which was named in honor of World War I veteran John Welsey Cross. Beginning in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the corps has, over the years, been based in several other communities. Their longest stays were in West Chester, Pennsylvania and Newark, Delaware.[2]

In the winter of 1996, on the verge of folding, the corps became one of the programs sponsored by Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), an organization which also included the The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and the United States Scholastic Band Association. As a member of YEA!, the corps was then based in Allentown, PA. In the autumn of 2006, the corps relocated to San Antonio and separated from YEA! in late August 2007.[3]

The Crossmen were competitively successful from the start, winning the Eastern States (drum corps) Circuit Championship from 1975 to 1981. In 1977, the corps won the American Legion Junior D&B National Championship in Denver ("Nationals"). In 1981, they won the VFW Nationals in Philadelphia. The Crossmen have been DCI Top Twelve Finalists twenty-three (23) times; the first time in 1977, the latest in 2012.[4]

Sponsorship[edit]

The corps is sponsored by Crossmen Productions, Inc. of San Antonio, TX. This is a 501 (c)(3) musical organization "assisting young people on becoming outstanding individuals through the arts." As such, it has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Fred Morrison is the corps director and the organization's Executive Director.[5]

Show summary (1975-2013)[edit]

Source:[6][7]

Year Theme Repertoire Score Result
1975 Overture to a New Era by Caesar Giovannini / Spanish Trip by Stanley Myers / Gospel John (Traditional) /
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Rick Wakeman
68.800 24th
1976 Overture to a New Era by Caesar Giovannini / Spanish Trip by Stanley Myers /
Let's Hear It For Me (from Funny Lady) by John Kander and Fred Ebb /
Tico–Tico by Jose Abreu, Aloyosio Oliviera, and Ervin Drake / Color My World & Make Me Smile by James Pankow
1977 Marche Slav by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Let's Hear It For Me (from Funny Lady) by John Kander and Fred Ebb /
Nadia's Theme (aka Cotton's Dream) & Bless the Beasts and the Children by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. /
Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed
81.300 11th
1978 Jazz Rhapsody by Patrick Williams / Something by George Harrison /
It's Gonna Be a Great Day by Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu, and Vincent Youmans /
Let's Hear It For Me (from Funny Lady) by John Kander and Fred Ebb /
Tico–Tico by Jose Abreu, Aloyosio Oliviera, and Ervin Drake / Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed
82.450 9th
1979 Slavonic Dance No. 1 by Antonín Dvořák / Meeting of the Spirits by John McLaughlin /
Tiger of San Pedro by John LaBarbera /
Planet Krypton, Main Theme & Can You Read My Mind (from the film, Superman) by John Williams /
Theme from the Adventures of Superman by Leon Klatzkin
81.700 13th
1980 Pictures De Espana by Larry Kershner / Tiger of San Pedro by John LaBarbera /
Spanish Fantasy by Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea / Jack Miraculous by Gino Vanelli / Superman Medley by John Williams
81.900 8th
1981 Explosion by Sol Kaplan / Something by George Harrison / Spanish Fantasy by Chick Corea /
Bustling by Sammy Nestico / Overture to Rocky II by Bill Conti
86.500 8th
1982 Artistry in Rhythm by Stan Kenton / Shoshana by Mark Levine /
Canto del Viento by Anthony Yaklich / Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed
88.500 7th
1983 Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka / Concerto del Rodrigo by Joaquín Rodrigo /
Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed
78.6000 13th
1984 Russlan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka / Shoshana by Mark Levine / Canto del Viento by Anthony Yaklich /
Let Me Try Again by Caravelli, Paul Anka, and Sammy Cahn
86.300 10th
1985 Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh / El Toro Loca (Unknown) / Yatrata by Tania Maria / Casals Suite by Larry Kerchner 80.400 17th
1986 Jazz Rhapsody by Patrick Williams / Not While I'm Around (from Sweeney Todd) by Stephen Sondheim /
Street Dancing by Kenneth Nash / Sweeney Todd Suite by Stephen Sondheim
73.100 21st
1987 Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin / Dance by Matt Krempasky /
Rumble by Chick Corea / Space Shuttle by John LaBarbera
81.600 16th
1988 Cherokee by Ray Noble / The Waltz by Rob McConnell / Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin 85.600 14th
1989 Wind Machine by Sammy Nestico / The Waltz by Rob McConnell / How High The Moon by Morgan Lewis and Nancy Hamilton 84.000 12th
1990 Baroque Samba by Darmon Meader / 'Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk / Caravan by Juan Tizol /
Now or Never by Caprice Fox, Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian, Peter DeRose, Peter Eldridge, and Sara Krieger
(New York Voices)
89.600 7th
1991 Pat Metheny Suite Minuano by Pat Metheny / Dream of the Return by Pat Metheny and Pedro Aznar / Third Wind by Lyle Mays and Pat Metheny 89.700 8th
1992 Songs for the Planet Earth Begin Sweet World by Bill Douglas / Appalachian Morning by Paul Halley /
The Four Elements by Matt Krempasky and Mark Thurston / The Rain Forest by Karl Lundeberg /
Under the Sun by John Clark, Paul Halley, Paul McCandless, Glen Velez, and Paul Winter
92.200 6th
1993 Songs for the Planet Earth
Part II:
A Celebration of Humanity
Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland / Myth America by Karl Lundeberg / Koto Song by Dave Brubeck /
River Music by Eugene Friesen and Paul Winter / Freda by Kenny Baker / Anthem (for Humanity) by Paul Halley
89.600 8th
1994 Songs for the Planet Earth
Part III:
Suite Children
Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione / Children Will Listen (from Into the Woods) by Stephen Sondheim /
Pop Goes the Weasel (Traditional) / Songs for the Planet Earth - Finale by Michael Klesch
88.400 7th
1995 The School for Scandal - Overture by Samuel Barber * Symphony for Brass and Percussion (mvts II and III) by Alfred Reed 85.100 10th
1996 The Voices of Jazz The Sultan Fainted by Darmon Meader and Peter Eldridge /
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz / Birdland by Joe Zawinul
85.500 8th
1997 The Colors of Jazz Birdland by Joe Zawinul /
You are My Sunshine by Oliver Hood of The Rice Brothers Gang (band) © by Charles Mitchell and Jimmie Davis /
Niner Two by Don Ellis
93.000 6th
1998 The Music of Pat Metheny Third Wind by Lyle Mays and Pat Metheney, Letter From Home by Pat Metheney, First Circle by Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays 91.400 7th
1999 Changing Perspectives:
A Silver Celebration
Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli / When October Goes by Barry Manilow and Johnny Mercer / Appalachian Morning by Paul Halley 87.000 10th
2000 Clubbin' with the Crossmen In the Mood by Glenn Miller / Caravan by Juan Tizol / Nobody Does Me (Like You Do) by Rod Temperton /
Birdland by Joe Zawinul
88.550 9th
2001 Late Night Jazz Harlem Nocturne by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers / Flying Home by Benny Goodman, Eddie DeLange, and Lionel Hampton /
Guaguancó by Arturo Sandoval / Fire Dance by Allen Vizzutti and Jeff Tkazyik
91.150 7th
2002 The Signature Series The Heat of the Day by Lyle Mays and Pat Metheney /
Candle in the Window (from Civil War) by Frank Wildhorn / Strawberry Soup by Don Ellis
89.100 9th
2003 Colors Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg / Welcome to the St. James Club by Russ Freeman /
Blue Rondo à la Turk by Dave Brubeck / Count Bubba by Gordon Goodwin
86.900 9th
2004 E Pluribus Unum Jubal Step by Wynton Marsalis / Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell / Puma by Full Circle 87.425 11th
2005 Crossroads Classical Gas by Mason Williams / Radar Love by George Kooymans and Barry Hay /
So Far Away by Carole King / Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Jim Steinman
84.050 14th
2006 Changing Lanes Prelude to a Drive / Cruisin' (based on The Way Up) by Lyle Mays and Pat Metheny / Caribe by Michel Camilo /
If I Had My Way by Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy / Shortcut Home (based on Tank) by Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer
2007 Metamorphosis Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed / First Circle by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays / Birdland by Joe Zawinul /
Symphonic Metamorphosis & Symphony in B♭ by Paul Hindemith / The Crow by DJ Food / P5 by Aaron Guidry
81.600 16th
2008 Planet X Jupiter, Mars & Mercury (from The Planets) by Gustav Holst /
What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele (as "George Douglas") and George David Weiss
85.950 13th
2009 ForbiddeN Dance of Vengeance (from Medea) by Samuel Barber /
My Immortal by Amy Lee, Ben Moody, and David Hodges (Evanescence) / ForbiddeN by Aaron Guidry
81.650 16th
2010 Full Circle First Circle & Heat of the Day by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays / Letter From Home by Pat Metheny /
Minuano by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays / Full Circle by Aaron Guidry
80.900 17th
2011 Renewal Episode: Prelude by Nando Lauria / Ursa Major by Chuck Naffier / Spinning Wheel by David Clayton-Thomas /
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen / Back Home by Nando Lauria
81.050 17th
2012 FRAGILE Earth Song by Michael Jackson / Wailers by Bobby McFerrin and Roger Treece / PD7 by Anoushka Shankar /
Here Comes the Flood by Peter Gabriel / FInding and Believing by Pat Metheny
84.000 12th
2013 Protest The Prophet's Song by Brian May / She's Too Good For Me by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (Sting) /
The Sound of Silence by Paul Simon / They Don't Care About Us by Michael Jackson /
Some Nights by Jeff Bhasker, Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, and Jack Antonoff (Fun) /
We Shall Overcome by Louise Shropshire,
adapted & © by Pete Seeger, Guy Carawan, Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, and Myles Horton /
Goodbye Blue Sky by Roger Waters / Find the Cost of Freedom by Neil Young
84.850 14th

Corps Traditions[edit]

Corps Music[edit]

There have been exceptions over the years, but the Crossmen are widely known for playing jazz and world music programs. The official corps song is Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed, first played by the corps in 1977, the year they won their first national championship.[4]

Bones[edit]

Part of the mystique surrounding the Crossmen are references to "Bones." Immediately prior to the Crossmen's performance at major shows, Bones appears at the top of the back stands or in another prominent place to help inspire the corps' performance. Dressed in a 1978 Crossmen uniform with ankle-length red cape and a skull mask, Bones arrives as the corps enters the field, spreads his cape to audience approval, and then vanishes once the Crossmen begin their performance. Bones is considered by some people to be a mascot and apparent fan of the corps. The reality is that Bones is an unidentified alumnus who appears as a reminder of the corps' traditions.

Bones is also the nickname for the corps and for the members who have marched there. The corps' most prominent motto is "When all else is gone, the Bones always remain."[8]

Unity[edit]

Unity is extremely important in the Crossmen, and corps members rarely travel anywhere in uniform unless they are paired with another member; traditionally, they also always move during rehearsal in concert with a fellow corps member.[8]

Age Out Crosses[edit]

At one time, members of the brass and percussion sections replaced the red crosses on their aussies with the white ones prior to their final performance, but this did unacceptable damage to the aussies. Due to the efforts of alumni and supporters, each age-out now receives a white cross on a necklace before that final performance, a keepsake which can be worn forever.[8]

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