It takes a lot of energy to continuously pour into a drum corps—to act hands-on with some of the most important logistics that go into the day-to-day maintenance of the Crossmen. For Executive Director, Fred Morrison, that energy is what drives him. It doesn't take long to notice how much passion he has for the wellbeing of the group and its members. On tour, Fred can often be found working alongside the administrative team to help the corps run smoothly.
In between projects, Fred sat down and answered a few questions about his involvement in the activity and the 2018 Crossmen.
What is your favorite part about being involved in drum corps?
I’ve been around a lot of competitive people and activities. There’s a common denominator there of people trying to excel and be the best at what they do. It’s an exciting atmosphere and something that I really enjoy. Drum corps is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done and ever been around. We’ve got 250 people involved, traveling down the road together. There are different logistics and personalities, and things that can and may go wrong. Those are really challenging, and I enjoy a challenge.
What do you think makes drum corps unique?
The most obvious thing to me is the number of people. The team on the field is over 150 people. I don’t think there’s another sport or competitive activity that requires that many people to come together as a team and perform at such a high level.
What’s the biggest impression that the organization has left on you?
It’s ongoing—the people. Interacting and building the relationships that you establish every year—watching the performers start off as strangers and developing life-long relationships with them. Those are powerful. I’ll have those forever. The simplest way to put it is that we’re all making memories together.
What is your goal for this year's show?
My biggest instruction to the design team every year is that they engage the audience. That is a big part of why we're here. The feedback that the audience gives to the performers is very important.
What’s it like getting to watch the show come together throughout the season?
First you see them develop as performers. As time goes on and they get more comfortable, they excel at it. They really inject themselves into the characters and the music. That’s been a fun process to watch.
Describe the 2018 show in one word