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Membership Has Its Privileges!

When it comes to joining the Crossmen Alumni Association, some people may ask, "What's in it for me?" Well, besides the value of knowing that your contribution to the CAA directly assists us in our charitable contributions to the corps, we've always included some other special perks. Each paid member receives an official CAA membership card and lapel pin, an invitation to special CAA and Crossmen events, and the opportunity to purchase an official Crossmen Alumni jacket. But now, the corps has offered a very special incentive as well. Anyone with a valid CAA membership card will receive 10% off at the Crossmen Souvie Booth this summer! Make sure to join (or renew) your CAA membership today so you can enjoy this special "members only" privilege this summer at a show near you.


Catherine "Cat" Morrison Schmolz (Alumni 97)

Crossmen Alumni Association would like to send our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of alum Catherine "Cat" Morrison Schmolz Cat passed away Monday, July 28.  

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Lily and Alice Schmolz Fund, c/o DNB First, 4 Brandywine Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335.

Crossmen Announce Hall of Fame Class of 2014

The Crossmen Alumni Association is pleased to announce the newest members of the Crossmen Hall of Fame, Class of 2014: Al Chez, Jim Doyle and Michele Williams. The Hall of fame induction ceremony will take place in the park outside of J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, PA on Saturday, August 2nd around the 4:00 - 5:00 hour. There will be several well-marked tents near the pool area where the official alumni gathering takes place each year. We look forward to seeing you there!

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Crossmen in Allentown


Crossmen/CAA 40th Anniversary Banquet
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 11:30 am
Holiday Inn Center City Allentown
904 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101

Make plans now extend your DCI East weekend to join us on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 for the 40th Anniversary Banquet.

2014 Crossmen Homecoming / Hall of Fame Ceremony - Allentown

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Cedar Creek Park
W. Hamilton & N. Ott Streets
Allentown, PA


Picnic kicks-off at 1:00 PM
Hall of Fame ceremony 4:30 PM 

We hope you can join us as we celebrate 40 Seasons of the Crossmen and gather together for our annual DCI East Picnic in the Park on Saturday, August 2nd.

Each year, Crossmen alumni, family and friends gather in the park near the volleyball and basketball courts off of Hamilton and N. Ott Streets. Entrance is off of N. Ott Street by the basketball courts. There is a parking lot next to our picnic site. Please bring your own picnic necessities. Public showers and bathrooms are conveniently located by the swimming pool.

Hall of Fame Ceremony

The Crossmen Alumni Association will announce the newest members of the Crossmen Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at 4:30pm. The inductees will be inducted receive their awards at that time.

Latest News

World Drum Corps Hall of Fame's latest Inductee - Mark Thurston


Congratulations to long-time Crossmen alum, instructor, and Percussion arranger (1979-1996), Mark Thurston, on his induction into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame! Thank you Mark for all of your dedicated service, not only to Crossmen but the entire Marching Arts activity!

Crossmen Alumni Thermal Tote Fundraiser

We would like to thank Carole Shearer for offering to handle our latest fundraising effort. Anyone who marched 2004 until today has benefited from Carole’s volunteer efforts for the corps. Carole is a four-year Crossmen mom (2004 -2007) and longtime volunteer, and has created a fundraiser to benefit the Crossmen Alumni Association and the Crossmen Drum Corps. This limited time fundraiser utilizes Thirty-One products, a line of totes, purses, thermal, and storage items. There are many useful items in this line, but we are concentrating the fundraiser on the Thirty-One Products January Thermal Tote sale to offer you a great value, while supporting the Crossmen. Read more about it.

CAA Honors Bob Adair

The Crossmen Alumni Association wishes to extend our deepest condolences to alums Dale Adair and Dawn Ball on the loss of their father, Robert Adair. Their dad was no stranger to drum corps and will be missed by many. Looking at their dad’s drum corps history, it's no wonder where Dale and Dawn got their desire and passion for the activity.


Bob Adair joined the Osmond Cadets in 1941. In 1947, he became the VFW Junior National Champion soprano soloist at age 12. He marched with Osmond for ten years (VFW Champions in 1948 and 1949). While in Osmond, he also studied drumming under the legendary John Dowlan, and joined Dowlan and Hall of Famer Harry Ginther to make up the snare line of the Reilly Raiders in 1952 and 1953 (A.L. National Champions). Bob then returned to his interest as solo soprano, becoming music instructor of the Raiders in 1957 (VFW National Champions 1957-59) continuing through 1965. Bob instructed the Liberty Bell Cadets (1952-1958), Haddon Heights Vagabonds (drums, 1955-1961), Bracken Cadets (1959-1971), and Reilly Raiders Alumni (1994-1998). Bob was a member of the National Judges Association.

BSGK Tribute to Bob Adair and the Reilly Raiders

Relatives and friends are invited to Robert's Life Celebration on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 PM, and Wednesday from 10:30 AM, followed by his funeral service at 11:30 AM at John F. Givnish of Academy Rd., 10975 Academy Rd., Philadelphia. Interment Private.