Troopers

Casper, WY United States
Founded: 1957

Active Junior
World Class
YearTheme/Songs
1958 Ghost Riders in the Sky * Wagon Wheels * He's Got the Whole World in His Hands  
1960 Ghost Riders in the Sky * This Could be the Start of Something Big * Massacre * Battle Hymn of the Republic * She Wore a Yellow Ribbon * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * Red Wing * Wagon Wheels * St. Joes Cadets * Red River Valley * Cool Water * Goodnight My Love  
1961 Ghost Riders in the Sky * This Could be the Start of Something Big * Battle Hymn of the Republic * She Wore a Yellow Ribbon * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * That Old Devil Moon * Red Wing * Wagon Wheels * Goodnight My Love  
1962 This Could be the Start of Something Big * Battle Hymn of the Republic * I'm an Old Cow Hand (from the Rio Grande) * That Old Devil Moon * From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water * Little Red Wing * Wagon Wheels * Cool Water * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * Ghost Riders in the Sky  
1963 Ghost Riders in the Sky * Battle Hymn of the Republic * El Capitan * Taboo * Up A Lazy River * Little Red Wing * Wagon Wheels * Stars and Stripes Forever * When Johnny Comes Marching Home  
1964 How the West Was Won * Battle Hymn of the Republic * El Capitan * Little Red Wing * Wagon Wheels * Ghost Riders in the Sky * Promised Land (from How the West Was Won)  
1965 How the West Was Won * Battle Cry of Freedom * Battle Hymn of the Republic * The Virginian * Theme to Bonanza * What Kind of Fool Am I (from Stop the World I Want To Get Off) * Once In A Lifetime (from Stop the World I Want To Get Off) * Ghost Riders in the Sky * Wagon Wheels * Bound for the Promised Land * How the West Was Won  
1966 Hallelujah Trail * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Bonanza * Once In A Lifetime (from Stop the World I Want To Get Off) * What Kind of Fool Am I (from Stop the World I Want To Get Off) * Black Saddle * The Magnificent Seven * Promised Land (from How the West Was Won) * Cheyennes (from How The West Was Won)  
1967 Hallelujah Trail * The Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha) * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Bonanza * Black Saddle * Promised Land (from How the West Was Won) * How the West Was Won  
1968 How the West Was Won * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Tumbling Tumbleweeds * Never My Love * Up, Up And Away * Black Saddle * American Salute  
1969 Hang 'em High * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Aquarius (from Hair) * Let The Sunshine In (from Hair) * Scarborough Fair * Tumbling Tumbleweeds * The Sound of Silence * When Johnny Comes Marching Home  
1970 Promised Land (from How the West Was Won) * Hang 'em High * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Garry Owen * Turkey in the Straw * Aquarius (from Hair) * Let The Sunshine In (from Hair) * Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair * How the West Was Won * When Johnny Comes Marching Home  
1971 William Tell Overture * Wagon Wheels * Promised Land (from How the West Was Won) * March (from First Suite in E-Flat) * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Trooper Hoedown * Hallelujah Trail * Garry Owen * Hang 'em High  
1972 Ghost Riders in the Sky * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Cincinnati Kid * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * How the West Was Won  
1973 Ghost Riders in the Sky * Eagle Screams * Black Saddle * Wedding Dance * Thanksgiving Hymn * Day By Day (from Godspell) * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1974 Ghost Riders in the Sky * Yankee Doodle * Yankee Doodle Dandy * Yellow Rose of Texas * The Virginian * How the West Was Won * Tubular Bells * Thanksgiving Prayer (We Gather Together) * Day By Day (from Godspell) * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1975 Introduction and Fantasia * Tubular Bells * Gentle On My Mind * Night on Bald Mountain * No Goodbyes (from How the West Was Won) * Bound for the Promised Land * The Virginian  
1976 Roundabout * Alabama Jubilee * Land of Make Believe * Looking for Space * Jet  
1977 Hang 'em High * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * Rodeo * Drunken Cowboy * Death of Billy the Kid * Hoedown (from Rodeo) * Farandole (from L'Arlesienne) * Promised Land (from How the West Was Won) * Shenandoah * Wild Wild West  
1978 Hang 'em High * American Salute * Maple Leaf Rag * Rodeo * Hoedown (from Rodeo) * Farandole (from L'Arlesienne) * The Ballad of Billy the Kid * The Ecstasy of Gold  
1979 Variations on a Scene * Aquarius (from Hair) * Let The Sunshine In (from Hair) * The Ballad of Billy the Kid * The Ecstasy of Gold * Ghost Riders in the Sky  
1980 Theme from The Cowboys * Shenandoah * Turkey in the Straw * Central Park * The Ecstasy of Gold * Ghost Riders in the Sky  
1981 The Cowboys * Turkey in the Straw * Central Park * En Sueno * Shenandoah * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1982 Hassena * Wabash Cannonball * En Suenua * Shenandoah * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1983 Ghost Riders in the Sky * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Pops Hoedown * It Was a Very Good Year Medley  
1984 Battle Hymn of the Republic * Ghost Riders in the Sky * High Noon * The Aggie Song (from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)  
1985 Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Fiesta * Third Symphony * Buckaroo Holiday (from Rodeo) * The Red Pony  
1986 American Salute * Silverado * Prayer of Thanksgiving * The Red Pony * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1987 He's Gone Away * American Overture * Third Symphony * When Johnny Comes Marching Home  
1988 The Magnificent Seven * Corral Nocturne (from Rodeo) * Hoedown (from Rodeo) * Silverado  
1989 How the West was Won - How the West Was Won * Cheyennes (from How The West Was Won) * No Goodbyes (from How the West Was Won) * Promised Land (from How the West Was Won)  
1990 Music for the Centennial of the State of Wyoming - How the West Was Won * Silverado * Pops Hoedown * Shenandoah * On the Threshold of Liberty * America  
1991 The Cowboys from Sunset * Lonesome Dove * Oklahoma Crude * Orange Blossom Special * Music from Dances With Wolves * America  
1992 A Western Odyssey - Flag of Stars * Cool Water * Unsquare Dance * The Ecstasy of Gold * Ghost Riders in the Sky  
1993 The Last Crossing - East Moves West - Ashokan Farewell * Cheyennes (from How The West Was Won) * Western Overture * Charles County Overture * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1994 Southwestern Sketches - Sunrise * Scherzo * Santa Fe Saga * Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Fiesta  
1995 A Copland Canvas - Third Symphony, Fourth Movement * Fanfare for the Common Man * Appalachian Spring  
1996 American Jubilee - The Wind and The Lion * Shenandoah * Lincoln Portrait  
1997 American Salute * The Way West * The Magnificent Seven * America The Beautiful  
1998 Forging a Frontier - The Getaway (Main Theme from Silverado) * Tombstone - The Family * McKendrick Attack (from Silverado) * Ghost Riders in the Sky  
1999 Billy the Kid - Billy the Kid  
2000 Symphony of Freedom - America The Beautiful * America's Struggle * America (from West Side Story) * Amazing Grace * Stars and Stripes Forever  
2001 Tribute to An Uncommon Man - Copland Medley/Intro 2001 * An Outdoor Overture * El Salon Mexico * Down a Country Lane * Chorale and Shaker Dance  
2002 Red, White and Blue - Javelin * American Elegy * Into the Storm (from Stormworks)  
2003 Reflections of the Blue and Gray - The Great Locomotive Chase * Gently Flows the Amber Grain * Battle Music * Masque  
2004 The Troopers Are Coming - Ghost Riders in the Sky * The Carriage of the Spirits from The Good, the Bad & the Ugly * The Magnificent Seven * Rodeo * Down In The Valley (Hear That Train Blow) * Houston * Finishing It  
2005 Gold Rush - The Gates of Gold (for Violin and Orchestra): * Death by Triple Fiddle * She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain  
2007 Awakening - Joy (from Awakening) * Unsquare Dance * Ever Braver, Ever Stronger * American Faces  
2008 Iron Horse Express - Ghost Riders in the Sky * Canyon of Heroes * Ghost Train Triptych * Sasparilla * Song of the Gandy Dances * The Great Revival  
2009 Western Side Story - The Cave * Maria (from West Side Story) * Somewhere (from West Side Story) * Adelina de Maya * America from West Side Story * Spaghetti Western * One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story * Pentium * West Side Story Reprise  
2010 Wanted - Wanted Dead or Alive * Trittico * Proven Lands (from There Will Be Blood) * Suite from Our Town * Borinage * Journey to the Centre of the Earth * Night Flight (from Swing Shift)  
2011 The Road Home - The Old Church * China Gates * Memory (from Nepomuk's Dances, 3rd mvt. * Muted and Sensuous, (from Four Piano Blues, 3rd mvt. * Mama  
2012 This Was the Future - Galop from Souvenirs, Op. 28 * Music for the Theater * The Heiress  
2013 Magnificent 11 - The Magnificent Seven * The Theme "John Dunbar" from Dances With Wolves * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Original Music  
2014 A People's House - A People's House * The Ramparts * A Distant Image * Lincoln * Shenandoah * America The Beautiful  
2015 Wild Horses - Theme from Dreamer * Open Spaces * Wild Horses * Adrenaline City  
2016 hero - Fanfare * War Psalm * Walking with Heroes * Symphony No. 1 * Fire * Fix You  
The Troopers, formed in 1957, is a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Casper, Wyoming. The corps' first sponsor was the Casper American Legion, and its first cavalry uniforms, made from hand-me-down items and Boy Scout uniforms, cost $13 each. The corps has been sponsored as a community project by a number of other service organizations over the years, as well as by national enterprises.

DCI Hall-of-Famer Jim Jones formed the Troopers in a veritable drum corps vacuum on the Great Plains; it took papers of incorporation and a $4000 loan to get the group onto the street. Early on Jones also established the policy that "if a kid wanted to be in it, he could," a policy that continues to the present. This open-door policy also encouraged girls to perform right alongside boys from the start, although the guard remained female for many years.

The Troopers appeared in public for the first time at the Riverton, Wyoming, American Legion Convention. There they began their long tradition of Western-themed shows by playing "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "Wagon Wheels," and "He's Got the Whole World." Other music associated with the corps over its long history is "How the West was Won," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," and "Battle Hymn."

Wearing the uniform of the 11th Ohio Cavalry (which was based in Casper near the end of the 19th century), the Troopers were one of the best marching corps during the 1960s and early 1970s. M&M and GE were the 11th's forte as they pleased crowds everywhere they performed. Their shows featured a Western motif with bits of modern pop thrown in for good measure.

The Troopers, sometimes known as F Troop, were especially noted for a strong guard performing precision equipment tosses. The corps' signature maneuver has always been their sunburst, one of the most recognizable drills in the drum corps activity, and one of the first successful uses of arcs and curves in field drill.

The corps' first national competition came at the 1961 American Legion National Championships in Dallas, where the corps finished fourth. In 1965 the corps won their first major title, the World Open. The next year, they were VFW National Champions. The Troopers went on to win the World Open in 1969 and 1970, CYO in 1968, 69 and 70, and then VFW again in 1970. They also performed on national TV in 1970 during halftime of a Minnesota Vikings game.

The Troopers were a founding member of the Midwest Combine and a charter member of DCI in 1972, where they took fifth place in the Championships.

Because of their hometown's location, remote from most competition, the Troopers pioneered long-distance bus travel, an activity now central to the summer drum corps experience. Jim Jones literally wrote the book on drum corps travel, establishing principles and practices that thousands of corpsmen accept as standard today.

In 1985, the year of Jim Jones' induction in the DCI Hall of Fame, the Troopers shifted musically to a more sophisticated repertoire, especially that of Aaron Copland, and the color guard got new uniforms. The change helped propel the corps back into DCI finals, at ninth place, their highest finish since then. 1985 also saw the Troopers marching in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

Jim Jones stepped down as director in 1988, after 30 years at the helm of the Troopers. Trooper alumni who are also DCI Hall-of-Famers include Fred Sanford and Pete Emmons.

In the middle of the 1980s, the Wyoming legislature declared the Troopers the "Official Musical Ambassadors" of the state. And the corps spent a large part of 1990 traveling throughout the state to help it celebrate its hundredth anniversary.

The corps' musical theme has been unabashedly patriotic and celebratory of the Western tradition throughout the last decade. In recent years, the corps has continued to compete nationally, placing in the top twenty of DCI prelims. In 2003, the 93-member corps placed 22nd.

During their 2004 tour, the Troopers took time out to perform exhibitions at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game. Their show, 'Here Come the Troopers,' placed the group in the 23rd spot in DCI Division I Quarterfinals.

Continuing their founder's philosophy, the Troopers of the 21st century, called "America's Corps" by many, carry on the long traditions of honor, loyalty, and dedication.

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; http://www.troopersdrumcorps.org/history]

Members (112)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Bailey, Trevor Brass 2003 to 2006
Beerman, Jon Soprano 1983 to 1984
Beraun, Sergio Mellophone 2003
Beraun, Sergio Soprano 2004
Blair, Joshua Mellophone 2002
Boden, Kenneth Soprano 1982
Boyce, Jonathan Bassline(auditioning) 2004
Boyce, Jonathan bassline 2004
Bradford, Scott Baritone 1998 to 2001
Brown, Erik Soprano 2000
Brown, Robyn Guard 1984
Carlson, Chris snare 2003
Chagnon, Pat Brass 1987
Claussen, Mikahla colorguard 2003
Coppinger, Jonathan Snare 2007 to 2011
Crocker, Greg Soprano 1989 to 1990
Cross, Megan Baritone 2005; 2007 to 2008
Cuglietta, Ethan Trumpet 2007 to 2009
Davenport, Paul Baritone 2007 to 2009
Deisher, Kevin Soprano 1981
Delohery, Amy Soprano 1980 to 1981
Dillavou, Phil Contra 2004
Doogan, Tom Percussion 1982
Eagle, Wes Contra 1999
Fairchild, Allyson Colorguard 2003 to 2008
Fairchild, Allyson Rifle/Colorguard 2003 to 2005; 2007 to 2008
Feuerborn, David Baritone 2005
Feuerborn, Lory Colorgaurd 2005 to 2012
Feuerborn, Mark Contra 2004 to 2005
Fiedler (Smith), Kellie Colorguard 1989 to 1992
Fiedler, Shannon Drum Line 1990 to 1992
Fleenor, Clinton Percussion 1983
Foley, Kristina Soprano 2002 to 2004
Fouse, Courtney Color Guard 2005
Freelend, Mike Mellophone 2004 to 2005
Gilbert, Chuck Brass 1989 to 1990
Gough, Michael Soprano/Drum Major 2000 to 2003
Gough, Michael Soprano 2001 to 2002
Gough, Michael Drum Major 2003 to 2004
Gough, Michael America's Core (Documentary) 2007
Gough, Michael Hell Bent For Victory (Documentary) 2009
Greenwald, John M percussion 1976
Grissom, Chris Colorguard 2000
Grissom, Chris Colorguard 2000
Guldin, Justene Mellophone 2005
Hawley, Spencer Color Gaurd 2002
Hersh, Justine Baritone 2003
Hill, Samuel Soprano 2005
Holden III, Charles Baritone 2002
Holtz, Erin Mellophone 2004 to 2005
Jankowski, Debbie Flag Line 1981
Johnson, Tamara Color Guard 2005
Jones, David Brass Tech 1999 to 2000
Kawai, Daigo Mellophone 2003
Kimsey, Amy Mellophone 1984
Kimsey, Amy Marching Tech 1985
Koehn, Eli ContraBass 2002 to 2003
Koehn, Eli Contrabass 2002 to 2005
Labrosse, Charlotte Contra Bass 1995
Leitzel, Alex Mellophone 2003
Lennox, Christopher Bass Tech 2009
Lippincott, Matthew Battery (snare) 1999
Lynge, Brandon Pit Percussion 2003
MAYEUX, RANDY Baritone 2002
MacKenzie, Yvette Mellophone 2005
Madonia, Jimmy Front Ensemble 2005
McDonald, Steve Pit 1985 to 1987
McLarty, Jerry Baritone 2007
Merchant, Wil Trumpet/Soprano 2012
Murphy, Mat Hornline/Contrabass 1998 to 2003
Neely, Jen mellophone 2004
Oneyear, Kari Color Guard 1983
Pack, Connor Brass (Trumpet/Soprano) 2010 to 2012
Paddie, John Bass Drum 2008
Perkins, Daniel Drum Major 1997 to 2002
Petropavlovskikh, Anastasia colorguard 2004 to 2007
Poste, Mike Cymbal Line 2001
Prescott, Kayla Guard 2003
Pyburn, Ariana Baritone 2007
Rayas, Jimmy brass 2003 to 2006
Rayas, Jimmy baritone/soprano 2003 to 2006
Riehl, Tim Tuba 2007
Ryals, Lauren Front Ensemble 2002 to 2005
Sampson-Davis, Kobina Trumpets 2015
Sanchez, Michael Color Guard 1995; 1998
Shortall, Mike Drumline 2007
Shreeman, Ryan Brass 2005 to 2007
Specht, Genny color guard 1995 to 1996
Srubar, Karl Bass line 2002
Srubar, Karl Bass line (Auditioning) 2005
Sturm, Eileen Guard 1986
Suzuki, Kenta cymbals 2004
Thiem, Vicki soprano 2004 to 2005; 2007 to 2008
Tonnies, Teresa rifle line 1977
Trader, Kyle Soprano 2004 to 2005
Underwood, Megan Guard-Flag 2003 to 2010
Uzick, Matt Trumpet 2010
Villarreal, Samuel Color Guard 1996; 1998
Waits, Gary Drumline (cymbals) 1980
Waits, Gary Drumline (Large Bass Drum) 1981 to 1983
Watson, Scott Front Ensemble 2004 to 2005
Williams, Justine mellophone 2005
Williams, Tim Tenors/Quads 2003 to 2008
Wilson, Tristian Brass/Soprano 2000 to 2005
Wiselogel, Dieter Baritone/Euphonium/Contrabass 2003 to 2008
Woods, Josiah Soprano 2008
Young, Mike Baritone 2004 to 2005
ahram, danya Color Guard 2005
doherty, mike soprano 1972 to 1975
hawley, spencer color guard (flag) 2002
lewis, rufus timpani 1980 to 1981
riehl, tim contra 2004 to 2005

CORPS 29 items

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Troopers from the Bill Ives Collection
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Troopers 1 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Troopers 2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Troopers Casper WY-2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Troopers Casper WY-40thAnniversary from the Bill Ives Collection
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Troopers Casper WY-45thAnniversary from the Bill Ives Collection
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Troopers Casper WY-5 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Troopers Casper WY-50thAnniversary from the Bill Ives Collection
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PDF Document
412-417, Troopers from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Drum-O-Rama Show Poster featuring the Troopers from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Drum-O-Rama Show Poster featuring the Troopers from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Troopers Compilation from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Troopers Compilation back from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Troopers Compilation inside from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Troopers 50 year History - 2008-2008 from the Steve Vickers Collection
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The Troopers Profile from the Steve Vickers Collection

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