From Crossmen's Web site: Every camp that passes brings the 2007 Crossmen closer to each other, the corps' roots on the East Coast, and that much farther along with their energizing program that that blends tradition with an invigorating rebirth: "Metamorphosis." Last weekend was no exception as the Crossmen met for their fifth camp at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas. The camp included a little more than two days of rehearsals that focused on learning additional music to the show and intense marching and drill instruction with the corps' dynamic visual staff. The Crossmen also linked up with its alumni association in Pennsylvania via a speaker phone conference call, observing the recent loss of a long-time friend, alumnus and staff member of the corps, Bill Mattus.
The call was held during the Crossmen Alumni Association's [CAA] Annual Beef & Beer Scholarship Event on Saturday night in West Chester, Pa., and members were led in a moment of silence for Mattus by 2006 Director Scott Litzenberg. "It was such a moving moment for everyone," Crossmen Director Mark Chambers said, adding that the bonding with the foundation of the corps on the East Coast made a remarkable impression on both rookie and veteran members. Read more on the Crossmen web site at www.yea.org.