Questions can be submitted via the CONTACT page above.
Q: What other rehearsals will we have besides the 2 camps (choose 1) and Indy?
A: Virtual rehearsals will start sometime this fall/winter. You’ll be assigned to a section leader who will keep you on task to get everything learned before the first camp. This may involve group lessons, individual video submissions, face time calls, etc. There will be encouragement to “get into shape” to be ready for the long days of rehearsal. Don’t worry, no tests or grades or public viewings of any individual submissions! Just a way to keep everyone on track!
Q: What about housing for SA and Allentown?
A: We are working on getting dorms or something along those lines for folks from out of town to stay in cheaper than a hotel. It may be a while before we know exactly what we’ll have available. We will be encouraging those that live near either place to house others, and giving folks the option to group up and get hotels or airbnbs if necessary. We will have more information on that as it comes available.
Q: Do I have to have been a member of the Crossmen to participate?
A: The following are the requirements for participation:
Was a Marching Member of the Crossmen.
Was a staff/admin member of the Crossmen.
Was a member of the “Play in the Park” program in Allentown.
Q. Are there other ways to participate?
A. Yes!!! We will need a team of volunteers to assist with many roles when we have in-person rehearsals with things like, food assistance, registration, uniforms & equipment, first aid, and others as they come up. The support team costs will be similar to a performing member (minus the uniform expenses) and will include all meals, hotels, and transportation.
Q. Are fees refundable?
A. Unfortunately, NO. We need to count on the commitment. The funds are allocated to your seat on the bus, your uniform, and your dot on the field.
Q. Do we have to attend the San Antonio and/or Allentown rehearsals?
A. Yes - Mandatory attendance at ONE of those will be required. The cost will be $150. Performers may also choose to attend both weekends.
Q. Are the dates in Indy Mandatory?
A. YES - we have so little time to put this together, that every minute as a corps is crucial. We need to be together and not have rehearsal attendance issues due to people not arriving on time. All participants are required to use the designated hotel and whatever option of people per room that you choose.
Q. Does the fee include event shirts, gloves, alumni jackets, memorabilia, etc., for this group?
A. A performance shirt will be included. We will obtain your shirt size at a later date. Expect to purchase undergarments, shorts, and whatever is needed to perform, other than the performance shirt and uniform. Information about shoes will come at a later date.
Q. Do we get to keep our uniforms after the performance?
A. Yes! It is yours!
Q. Is there any financial assistance available?
A. Yes - members and fans can donate funds to assist members who might need financial help. This will be done discreetly. Please contact Tim Stephenson for information.
Q. How will we learn what we need to learn?
A. There are many levels to this answer:
We will utilize Google Classroom for meetings, assignments, and instruction up to Summer of 2024.
Sections will be encouraged to schedule gatherings for live rehearsal opportunities in the various regions.
We will be using the UDB - Ultimate Drill Book - for learning drill. This can be done on any field to learn dots: step sizes, direction changes, and counts. It would be great if people could meet at a school football field or parking lot and have some fun learning their show together.
Guard work videos will be sent out to learn the show. Again, getting together to define hand positions, body work, and terminology from five different decades will be important. Try and find time to spin with your guard friends!
The expectation will be that all music, dots, and equipment work will be learned BEFORE The San Antonio and Allentown weekends.
Q. How will parts/sections be assigned?
A. A variety of ways:
There will be video assignments for basic skills as well as a questionnaire of where you think you are starting from.
The staff will assign the positions after step 1 is completed.
Section leaders will monitor level of performance once the assignments are turned in. Parts may be changed at the discretion of staff at any time.
Q. What if I am physically limited in what I can do?
A. If you want to be involved, we want you there! We are offering an honor guard section, and we are hoping to create drill segments that are at two different levels for each section. Additionally, we will always welcome you as a volunteer. If you have ideas as to how we can include you with a physical limitation, please let us know!
Q. Can I make monthly payments towards my fees?
A. Yes. We want to make it as easy as possible to meet the financial obligations. The registration portal will provide details regarding payments.
Q Can I help with administration duties and still be a performing member?