From the Boston Crusaders' Web site:
If you were lucky enough to see the Drum Corps International broadcast, it might bring you closure for the outstanding Boston Crusaders 2003 season. With their sixth-place DCI finish, the Crusaders continue to be a force to be reckoned with. When asked for his thoughts about the 2003 season, Crusaders' Program Director Howard Weinstein said, "I am so proud of the Crusaders in every way. The kids performed incredibly well, right up to the end. We kept up the Crusader tradition of getting better every single show. The show was exceptionally challenging, and the members gave the show life, that the audience could truly experience along with them. They worked hard and diligently. They put their hearts in to every aspect of the product and each other." Weinstein underscored the contributions from the Crusaders' instructional, administrative and volunteer staff. "The design and instructional team outdid themselves. These people all have very busy lives, and dedicate so much of their time to giving our kids a great experience. They go above and beyond the call of duty, and most importantly, they care for the members as individuals and people. To me, that makes all the difference. Last, but certainly not least, our volunteer base and support staff. We could not even begin to function without these people. From cooking to sewing flags, to making props, to bandaging wounds, they are the reason the Boston Crusaders exist, and I know that I speak for the entire organization when I say thank you to all of them." Boston Crusaders' operations director Dan Greer summed up his perspective on the season, which he and his wife Melissa (Crusaders' office manager and former tour manager) watched mainly from the sidelines. Dan Greer said, "2003 was a very big year for us organizationally. With the birth of our first child, Melissa and I were unable to tour with the corps. Despite the usual bumps in the road, the corps ran very well this summer, and that is due in no small part to the outstanding job done by Melissa Poag (2003 tour manager). We honestly cannot thank her enough". As the 2003 season winds down, the focus now shifts to building the 2004 season. Corps fund-raisers are ongoing and are vital to the health and vitality of the organization.
Crusaders' volunteer Steve Benz summed up the importance of these off-season fund-raisers. "Fielding a competitive DCI Corps is an expensive proposition, and our fund-raisers are extremely important. These events include running a concession stand at Gillette Stadium, the annual golf outing, and others). These fund-raisers are obviously important to the financial well-being of the Corps, but also offer a way for members, staff and volunteers to stay 'connected' to the Corps during the off-season." Howard Weinstein summed it all up with a look ahead. "As I begin my sixth year with the Boston Crusaders, I look for even bigger and better accomplishments, both on and off the field. I am anxious for the 2004 season to begin."