The consistently high scores of the Toledo, Ohio's Glassmen this summer have been a near constant. From their first victorious appearance in Oswego, Ill., on June 14 through a winning performance last night in Erie, Pa., the Glassmen's clean marching style and crisp musicianship has translated into high scores. Last night in Erie, Pa., the Glassmen (89.35) came out just ahead of the Boston Crusaders (88.75) and the Crossmen (86.30)."It's going great. It's been a good summer for the corps," said corps director Brian Hickman. Hickman said the stage was set for a strong summer when 400 kids showed up at the first Glassmen camp. "It's been exciting ever since," Hickman said.The 2002 Glassmen show, "Odyssey," includes "Introduction and Dance" and "Movement One" from the "Millenium Symphony," by Michael Kamen, "Scherzo" (also from the "Millenium Symphony") and "Javelin" by Michael Torke. "It's fresh, it's a lot of new ideas, it's a different approach," Hickman said of the show, a show which is consistent with Glassmen shows of the past. "(People know) we're going to do something new and different, and (they know) we're going to do it in a new way," Hickman said, also describing "Odyssey" as being "very American" and about "free expression." In Murfreesboro, Tenn., last weekend, the Glassmen scored 87.95 and landed in sixth place, a mere five-hundredths of a point behind the Phantom Regiment."I thought we showed the pride and heart we have," said soprano soloist Kevin Creasy, 22, of Ashland, Ohio, after the Glassmen's Murfreesboro performance. "I thought the corps really showed up."At the Mississippi Gulf Coast Summer Music Games in Passcagoula, Miss., on July 23, the Glassmen scored an 86.90, which earned them second place behind the Cadets (91.65). On July 22 in Baton Rouge, La., at the Red Stick Thunder Pageant of Champions, the corps scored 86.00, behind the Cavaliers (92.55) and the Cadets (91.25)In addition to touring, the Glassmen just recorded their 2002 CD at the Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art. The recording session took five hours, including the time it took for the corps to set up. The CD includes the 2002 Glassmen show, plus some other material including "America the Beautiful" and "The Star-Spangled Banner." "We're looking to release in the fall," said Beth Schindell, Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Glassmen.
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