Showcasing the Crossmen
Jun 14, 2013 05:01PM ● Published by tina
The Crossmen return for another thrilling Showcase in the Square on Father's Day.
By Tina Auten, Staff Writer
This Father’s Day, Showcase in the Square returns to Southlake and once again features the elite Crossmen World Class Drum Corps. Formed 38 years ago in Pennsylvania, the Crossmen have been Drum Corps International (DCI) World Class Champion finalists 23 times during their history and moved to San Antonio in 2006 to become the only DCI drum & bugle corps in Texas. Veteran tuba player Jordan Schock, whose parents founded Showcase in the Square, will return as a member; he auditioned at the ripe age of 15 and earned a coveted spot in the horn section. Currently in his fourth year, he has stepped up to become one of three drum majors.
Being a part of the corps is hard work, to say the least — membership is limited to students aged 14–21 who undergo a rigorous and highly selective audition process. Once selected, members must commit to monthly camps in San Antonio followed by four intensive weeks of spring training in May before finally hitting the road in June. The Crossmen log more than 10,000 miles over the course of the summer and perform at more than 35 sanctioned events.
It takes four chartered buses, a semi-truck, box truck, RV with trailer and mobile kitchen to keep this elite group of musicians fed and transported across the country. Alumni and volunteers help with kitchen work for a week to 10 days at a time alongside a full-time cook who is charged with providing four meals a day to each of the members, who burn approximately 6,000 calories per day while on tour. Staying hydrated is a constant battle in summer heat, so each member consumes approximately 4–5 gallons of water every day.
“I’ve become my own individual in a place where you’re like a cog in a machine,” Jordan says of his training, which includes early wake-up calls, four-hour blocks of music and marching techniques, music rehearsal and practice on the ‘easy bake oven,’ the nickname of the stadium they use that averages between 115–120 degrees. “I know who I am, what I like, what I don’t like — and [being a member of the Crossmen] opened my eyes on how to make decisions. We eat, sleep, play and breathe together twenty-four-seven.”