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Back in 2002, I kept a decent journal of my experience marching with Crossmen for myself and as a gift for each person who helped contribute to me being able to afford to march. I came across it today

August 11, 2002, 2:25pm ET Newark, NJ   I have a few minutes here in Newark Airport so I thought I’d write a little about finals day/night. We woke up for stretch like usual and then ha

3 hours ago, Jeff Ream said:

i know what the scores say. i was there, i saw the show develop all summer. it was better than 9th. 

Weird I never knew you marched the crossmen. Thanks for sharing. 

It was not better than 9th obviously. Good show though. 

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This was so great! As a 2002 ageout I appreciate this low tech way of talking about the highs and lows of the season (one of the greatest experiences of my life, personally).

Earlier on in the posts you mentioned a couple of names connected with the Colts (and of course Crossmen) Chuck Naffier and Dean Musson.

Sad to know that Dean is no longer with us, he seemed to have such an impact on so many students lives https://www.dci.org/news/former-crossmen-director-musson-passes-away

Dean Musson Tribute 

 

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4 hours ago, E3D said:

Weird I never knew you marched the crossmen. Thanks for sharing. 

It was not better than 9th obviously. Good show though. 

i didn't march it. i said i saw the show develop all summer. thanks for reading

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10 minutes ago, Jeff Ream said:

i didn't march it. i said i saw the show develop all summer. thanks for reading

You got to tour with them? Was it for the entire tour or a couple of shows? Your welcome. 

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21 hours ago, Jeff Ream said:

wasn't a 9th place show

 

18 hours ago, E3D said:

Sure it is. Says right there in the Finals score 9th place Crossmen with a 89.1

What place was it? 

 

15 hours ago, Jeff Ream said:

i know what the scores say. i was there, i saw the show develop all summer. it was better than 9th. 

 

11 hours ago, E3D said:

Weird I never knew you marched the crossmen. Thanks for sharing. 

It was not better than 9th obviously. Good show though. 

 

7 hours ago, Jeff Ream said:

i didn't march it. i said i saw the show develop all summer. thanks for reading

 

6 hours ago, E3D said:

You got to tour with them? Was it for the entire tour or a couple of shows? Your welcome. 

Must be fishing season.  Anyone have some extra bait?

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I wouldn't want this thread to end without paying tribute to 2002 drum major Joseph Kempf. I did not have the pleasure to meet or know him, but he graduated from my high school and thus his marching career began in the same HS marching band in which I was formed. He was a drum major for the Reading Buccaneers in 1999-2000, marched Crossmen in 2001-02 (and as previously mentioned, served as 2002 drum major) and was visual staff for Reading in 2003 and Crossmen in 2004. He was killed December 19, 2004 when a car hit him as he was assisting victims of a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania. He is a posthumous member of the Crossmen Hall of Fame, and April 29, 2007 was declared Joseph Kempf Day in Pennsylvania. Had he lived, he would have influenced many more lives as a teacher, first responder, and as a staff member in drum corps. His death was tragic and needless, but it seems he made a difference in the 24 years he was given. Requiescat in pace.

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