Michael “Taz” Martinez, son of Michael Martinez and Yvonne Acevedo, was recently selected and honored to be in Crossmen, an elite drum corps based in San Antonio.

It is the only DCI World Class Drum and Bugle Corps within Texas. In its 36-year history, the organization has served thousands of students with music education and life skills such as leadership, goal setting and conflict resolution. This summer alone, the group will travel more than 15,000 miles to entertain fans throughout the nation.

Martinez, a trumpet player and senior at Italy High School, was one of 150 youth chosen this year from more than 600 who auditioned from all over the world. Each member chosen for Crossmen is required to pay $3,000 in membership and touring fees. The fee includes travel, instruction, food, uniforms, equipment, housing and other expenses incurred over the summer tour.

Martinez has been a member of the Italy High School Regiment Band for all four years of high school. He has also participated in baseball, track, tennis, golf, 4H, FFA, FCCLA, Spanish Club, Art Club, Science Club and Lady Gladiator basketball crew.

“It’s been rewarding to see the growth of this young man and now we get to go see him compete at the highest level,” said Jesus Perez, Italy High School band director. “We are all very proud of him.”

Martinez is hopeful to find sponsors to help with the membership cost – $3,000 is an astronomical amount for a high school student to raise. Anyone who would like to help with sponsorship may send a check to Crossmen Productions Inc., P.O. Box 591940, San Antonio, TX 78259 (note the donation is for Michael Martinez/Italy Texas) or to Yvonne Acevedo, 101 W. Dilworth, Italy, TX 76651.

“I am very honored to be chosen for Crossmen,” Martinez said. “Currently, I am seeking sponsorship donations to help with the cost. Any size donation would make an enormous difference in my ability to participate with the corps.”