Crossmen Hall of Famers Ask For Support
To all 2006 Crossmen Vets:
In 1974 when the Corps was formed through the merger of two local corps who had a yearning for a bigger and better corps, some people said it would never work, but it did, and in the summer of 1975 the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps of Delaware County, PA (later of West Chester, PA) entered its first competition in Lancaster, PA.
It is now 2006 and the Crossmen, who have suffered through some of the most trying times of any drum corps organization in history, are still alive and Well. Think about it!
1976 Sevierville, TN. The corps was dealt a severe blow when we were disqualified. Well, we survived. In fact, I have often said that Sevierville is what made THE CROSSMEN.
1979 AND 1983, when the Corps finished in 13th place, we survived and came back even stronger.
1985 we had the worst finish in nine years and it took three long years to recover, but again we survived.
We are the ONLY surviving merger corps still in existence today and it is all because of the pride, unity, spirit and love of the Crossmen that has been shared by thousands of its marching members, instructors, and volunteer staff over 32 wonderful years.
Now we face another bump in the road. The corps will move to San Antonio, TX for the 2007 season and the question becomes what can we do to ensure the survival of our beloved Crossmen.
Our new challenge is just a little farther away. You Vets are the next generation of Crossmen ambassadors. This is your time to step up to the plate. You need to do this for yourself, the fans, and for all the past marching members that came from all over the United States, Canada and the world to become part of the Crossmen. Don’t ever doubt for a minute that you can not meet this new challenge. Tell the new Crossmen who we are and where we came from. You can do it and we will all stand with you.
To all the Crossmen Alumni, friends, and fans wherever you are:
We need your help now! Help us to get our Crossmen Vets to camp. To continue our traditions, we need these vets to be the nucleus of the next generation of the Crossmen in Texas. You alumni in Texas, roll out the red carpet and rally around the corps. With help from all of us, we can look forward to enjoying the Crossmen for the next 32 years.
Information for donations can be obtained by sending e-mails to Allie Reedy at adreedy [at] gmail [dot] com Monetary donations can be sent to:
“Get the vets to San Antonio travel fund”
c/o Crossmen Alumni Association
P.O. Box 507
Exton, PA 19341
In the Spirit of the Crossmen,
Charlotte and Robby