The newest members of the Crossmen Hall of Fame are Jim Coates, Thom Hannum, Ralph Pace, Charlotte Robinson and Mark Thurston. These people join the members of the Crossmen Hall of Fame class of 1999 -- Harold "Robby" Robinson, Robert "Archie" Irwin, and the chartered administrators, staff and members of the 1975 Crossmen. Although he never actually marched in the Crossmen, Jim Coates was a long-time instructor and administrator for the corps, including service as the director from 1995-1999. Thom Hannum, a member of the DCI Hall of Fame, played snare in the Crossmen from 1975-1978, and then went on as an instructor and arranger from 1979-1982. He returned as percussion arranger from 1997-1999. Another DCI Hall of Famer, Ralph Pace, was the visual designer/instructor from the end of 1975 through the end of the 1978 season, launched the corps into DCI finals for the very first time, and helped define the visual look of the Crossmen. Pace doubled his efforts with the 27th Lancers during this same time period. Ralph's second stay came in mid-season of 1982 and lasted until the end of 1984. Charlotte Robinson was a long-time administrator and volunteer for the Crossmen, having contributed tremendously in keeping the corps alive during some very difficult times. Finally, Mark Thurston started out in the Crossmen playing snare from 1979-1982. He then spent the next 14 years as the percussion arranger for the corps, redefining the Crossmen sound, and influencing an entire generation of performers. Alumni and friends are invited to join the Crossmen as our guests at a reception to honor the new inductees prior to the corps' "Memorial Brass" event at the War Memorial Auditorium in Trenton, N.J., on Sunday, May 25. The reception will be held in the lower lobby beginning at 6 p.m. The Cadets, Crossmen and the USSBA All-Star Bands will perform their 2003 shows and other selections beginning at 7 p.m. To order tickets, please call 201.384.8822 x 19. Tickets are $10 ($5 if you purchase tickets to any of the summer drum corps shows sponsored by YEA!).
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