From a YEA! press release: After a series of discussions, Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) announced on Sept. 21, 2006, they will be fielding the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps through a new management team located in San Antonio, Texas, beginning with the 2007 season. The director of the corps will be Mark Chambers, current band director of Ronald Reagan High School. The management team's leadership will include Fred and Maureen Morrison, past co-presidents of the Reagan Band Parents Association, and other supporters of the Reagan group. The San Antonio leadership team will be charged with all educational and programming functions, including staffing, camp management, and the tour; while YEA! will execute the back-office operations for 2007. YEA! will provide mentoring for the new team in the fine art of running a premier drum corps from holding camp rehearsals, to food preparation, volunteer coordination, merchandising, marketing and more. Staff from YEA! will be at all camps, and Mark Chambers and YEA! are jointly recruiting an experienced tour manager to assist in carrying the summer load. As a charter member of the Crossmen, George Hopkins, Executive Director and CEO of YEA! provides a unique perspective on the relocation of the corps. "From the day the Crossmen were formed, I have been privileged to play a role in this wonderful youth organization as a marching member, competitor and advocate. Today, as we sit on the brink of a new tomorrow for the corps, I am excited and thrilled to be part of the next phase in the life of the corps. Mark and his Texas team are great people and they can count on YEA! to guide and assist them for as long as they desire. Mark has been a successful band director, VERY successful, for years now and is well respected in Texas and across the country. His access to top talent, his personal ability, and the support he has of both the local San Antonio and DCI the community will make for a quick success" Read more on www.yea.org.
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