Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps

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Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps
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Location Casper, WY
DivisionWorld Class
Founded1957
DirectorMichael Gough
Championship titles
  • CYO :
    • 1968
    • 1969
    • 1970
  • VFW :
    • 1966
    • 1970

The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Casper, Wyoming, the Troopers was one of the thirteen founding member corps of Drum Corps International (DCI).

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History

The early years

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Legislation designating the Troopers as Wyoming's Musical Ambassadors

James E. "Jim" Jones, a Casper, Wyoming building contractor and a veteran of the World War II United States Army Air Forces founded the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1957 as an activity for local youth. [1] In his own youth, Jones had won the American Legion individual snare drum championship while a member of Casper's Sons of the American Legion drum and bugle corps, in which he had also been the corps manager from age fifteen. He decided to name the new corps the Troopers to honor the 11th Ohio Cavalry, a United States Army unit stationed at Fort Caspar, Wyoming Territory, to protect supply trains during the Indian Wars of the 19th Century. In order to fund the new corps, Jones took out a $4,000 loan to purchase drums and bugles. [2]

In its first season, the Troopers were sponsored by the Casper American Legion post, were strictly a parade corps, and made the corps' first appearance at the State American Legion Convention in Riverton, Wyoming. In 1958, the corps entered its first field competitions. As it was necessary for the Troopers to travel extensively to compete in drum and bugle corps competitions, Jones chartered passenger buses to carry the Troopers across and around the country on trips that would last for several weeks, making the corps a "touring corps", a concept that was unusual at the time. [3]

Their first national contest was the 1961 American Legion Championships in Denver, where the corps finished fourth. The Troopers' first major victory was in the 1965 World Open in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1966, the Troopers won the VFW Nationals. In 1967, the Wyoming State Legislature designated the Troopers as Wyoming's Musical Ambassadors.

The corps won the CYO Nationals three years in a row, from 1968 to 1970. In 1970, they won their second VFW National Championship in Miami Beach, added their third CYO title in Boston, and appeared on national TV during the halftime of a Minnesota Vikings NFL game. [3] In 1971, the Troopers were the stars of a television special, "The Troopers Are Coming", narrated by actor Walter Brennan. [4]

The DCI Era

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The Troopers in 2021

In 1971, at the urging of Jim Jones and Cavaliers founder Don Warren, the Blue Stars, Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Troopers formed the Midwest Combine. This action was taken in reaction to the rigid, inflexible rules of the American Legion and VFW (the primary rule makers and sponsors of both corps and shows) and the low or nonexistent performance fees paid for appearing in the various competitions. The corps felt that not only were they having their creative potential as artistic performing groups stifled, but they were being financially starved. (A similar group of Eastern corps, the United Organization of Junior Corps, known as the "Alliance", was formed by the 27th Lancers, Garfield Cadets, Boston Crusaders, Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, and Blue Rock.) The Combine members felt that the corps should be making their own rules, operating their own competitions and championships, and keeping the bulk of the profit that shows earned. For the 1971 season, the group of corps stuck together, offering show promoters the five corps as a package. [5]

In 1972, the Troopers, along with the nine other corps from the Midwest Combine and the Alliance, plus the Anaheim Kingsmen, Argonne Rebels, and De La Salle Oaklands became the founding members of Drum Corps International, which remains as the current sanctioning body for junior corps in North America. At the first DCI World Championships in Whitewater, Wisconsin, the Troopers finished in sixth place. For DCI's first four years, Troopers were an annual finalists. [6] Jim Jones retired as the Troopers' director in 1987.

In 2005, the DCI Board of Directors suspended the Troopers from competition for non-compliance with membership rules. [7] The corps was inactive for the 2006 season, while they reorganized. On October 3, 2006, the Troopers were reinstated as a DCI Division I corps. The Troopers returned to competition for the 2007 season.

In addition to being a competitive corps, the Troopers have made appearances at professional and collegiate sporting events over the years including games of the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Phillies, and the United States Air Force Academy. The Troopers were the first competitive drum corps to participate in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. The corps represented the state of Wyoming at both the 1993 and the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Parades. The Troopers have also performed in concert before World's Fair attendees, NATO Defense College delegates, and Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

In 2021, corps director Kristy Jackson stepped down after facing allegations of gross negligence. [8] Michael Gough replaced her in January of the same year. [9]

Show summary (1972-2022)

Key
Pale blue background indicates DCI finalist
Pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist
YearThemeRepertoireScorePlacement
1972(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend by Stan Jones / Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe / Cincinnati Kid by Lalo Schifrin and Dorcas Cochran / When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Louis Lambert (Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore) / How the West Was Won by Alfred Newman 81.956th
1973Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones / The Eagle Screams by Nelson Riddle / Black Saddle by Michael Hennagin / Wedding Dance (from Hassaneh Suite) by Jacques Press / Thanksgiving Hymn by Eduard Kremser / Day By Day (from Godspell) by Stephen Schwartz / Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe86.152nd
1974Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones / Yankee Doodle (Traditional) and Richard Shuckburgh / Yellow Rose of Texas (Traditional) / The Virginian by Percy Faith / Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield / Thanksgiving Prayer by Eduard Kremser / Day By Day (from Godspell) by Stephen Schwartz / Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe85.655th
1975Introduction and Fantasia by Rex Mitchell / Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield / Gentle On My Mind by John Hartford / Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky / The Virginian by Percy Faith / No Goodbye (from How the West Was Won) by Alfred Newman / Bound for the Promised Land (from How the West Was Won) by Ken Darby and Robert Emmett Dolan 76.2012th
1976Roundabout by Jon Anderson and Steve Howe (Yes) / Alabama Jubilee by George L. Cobb and Jack Yellen / Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione / Looking for Space by John Denver / Jet by Paul & Linda McCartney (Wings)82.7513th
1977Hang 'em High by Dominic Frontiere / When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore / Rodeo by Aaron Copland / Drunken Cowboy (Unknown) / Billy's Death (from Billy the Kid) & Hoedown (from Rodeo) by Aaron Copland / Farandole by Georges Bizet / Bound for the Promised Land (from How the West Was Won) by Ken Darby and Robert Emmett Dolan / Shenandoah (Traditional) / Wild Wild West by Richard Markowitz 78.8020th
1978Hang 'em High by Dominic Frontiere / American Salute by Morton Gould / Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin / Rodeo & Hoedown (from Rodeo) by Aaron Copland / Farandole by Georges Bizet / The Ballad of Billy the Kid by Billy Joel / The Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone 74.2520th
1979Variations on a Scene by Alan Broadbent / Aquarius & Let The Sunshine In (from Hair) by Galt MacDermot, James Rado, and Gerome Ragni / The Ballad of Billy the Kid by Billy Joel / The Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Moricone / Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones77.9012th
1980Theme from The Cowboys by John Williams / Shenandoah (Traditional) / Turkey in the Straw (Traditional) / Central Park by Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea / The Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Moricone / Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones76.6514th
1981The Cowboys by John Williams / Turkey in the Straw (Traditional) / Central Park by Chick Corea / En Sueno by Albert Kunzelmann /
Shenandoah (Traditional) / Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe
78.1012th
1982Hassena (Unknown) / Wabash Cannonball (Traditional) / En Sueno by Albert Kunzelmann / Shenandoah (Traditional) / Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe77.6014th
198325th AnniversaryGhost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones / Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe / Pops Hoedown by Richard Hayman / It Was a Very Good Year by Ervin Drake 76.8515th
1984Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe / Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones / High Noon by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington / The Aggie Song (from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) by Carol Hall 85.2013th
1985Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Fiesta by Clifton Williams / Third Symphony, Buckaroo Holiday (from Rodeo) & The Red Pony by Aaron Copland86.709th
1986American Salute by Morton Gould / Silverado by Bruce Broughton / Prayer of Thanksgiving (Traditional) / The Red Pony by Aaron Copland / Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe83.5011th
1987He's Gone Away (Traditional) / American Overture by Morton Gould / Third Symphony by Aaron Copland / When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore81.0017th
1988Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein / Corral Nocturne & Hoedown (from Rodeo) by Aaron Copland / Silverado by Bruce Broughton77.8019th
1989How the
West was Won
How the West Was Won, Cheyennes & No Goodbyes by Lionel Newman / Bound for the Promised Land by Ken Darby and Robert Emmett Dolan78.0018th
1990Music for the
Centennial of the State of Wyoming
How the West Was Won by Lionel Newman / Silverado by Bruce Broughton / Pop's Hoedown by Richard Hayman / Shenandoah (Traditional) / America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates 80.2517th
1991The Cowboys from Sunset (Unknown) / Lonesome Dove by Basil Poledouris / Oklahoma Crude by Henry Mancini / Orange Blossom Special by Ervin T. Rouse / Music from Dances With Wolves by John Barry / America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates74.9021st
1992A Western OdysseyFlag of Stars by Gordon Jacob / Cool, Clear Water by Bob Nolan / Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck / The Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Moricone / Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones76.1019th
1993The Last Crossing -
East Moves West
Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar / Cheyennes (from How The West Was Won) by Alfred Newman / Western Overture by Thom Ritter George / Charles County Overture by Joseph Willcox Jenkins / Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe77.1019th
1994Southwestern
Sketches
Sunrise by Fred Taylor / Scherzo by John Cheetham / Santa Fe Saga by Morton Gould / Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Fiesta by Clifton Williams81.6014th
1995A Copland CanvasThird Symphony, Fourth Movement, Fanfare for the Common Man & Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland80.7014th
1996American JubileeThe Wind and The Lion by Jerry Goldsmith / Shenandoah (Traditional) / Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland / Camptown Races by Stephen Foster 74.4019th
1997American Salute by Morton Gould / The Way West by Bronisław Kaper / Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein / America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates68.0020th
1998Forging a FrontierThe Getaway (from Silverado), Tombstone - The Family & McKendrick Attack (from Silverado) by Bruce Broughton / Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones68.6024th
1999Billy the KidBilly the Kid by Aaron Copland73.8021st
2000Symphony of FreedomAmerica the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates / America's Struggle (Original) / America (from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim / Amazing Grace (Traditional) and John Newton, adapted by William Walker / Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa 73.6519th
2001Tribute to An
Uncommon Man
Copland Medley/Intro 2001, Outdoor Overture, El Salon Mexico & Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland / Chorale and Shaker Dance by John Zdechlik76.2019th
2002Red, White and BlueJavelin by Michael Torke / American Elegy by Frank Ticheli / Into the Storm (from Stormworks) by Stephen Melillo75.5521st
2003Reflections of the
Blue and Gray
The Great Locomotive Chase by Robert W. Smith / Gently Flows the Amber Grain by Brian Scott / Battle Music by David Holsinger / Masque by Kenneth Hesketh 75.4522nd
2004The Troopers
Are Coming
Carriage of the Spirits & The Chase (from The Good, the Bad & the Ugly) by Ennio Morricone / America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates / Shenandoah (Traditional) / Finishing It by Bruce Broughton / Down in the Valley (Traditional) / Rodeo by Paul Hart / Houston by David Benoit / Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones / Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein / Taps by Daniel Butterfield 74.92523rd
2005Gold RushThe Gates of Gold (for Violin and Orchestra) by Joseph Curiale / Death by Triple Fiddle by Sam Bush and Mike Marshall / She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain (Traditional)71.67522nd
2006Corps Inactive
2007AwakeningJoy (from Awakening) by Joseph Curiale / Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck / Ever Braver, Ever Stronger by Gordon Goodwin / American Faces by David Holsinger77.5520th
2008Iron Horse ExpressGhost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones / Canyon of Heroes by Sean O'Loughlin / The Ghost Train Triptych by Eric Whitacre / Sasparilla by John Mackey / Song of the Gandy Dancers by Richard Saucedo / The Great Revival by William Gordon81.1016th
2009Western Side StoryCave by Russell Peck / Maria & Somewhere (from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim / Adelina de Maya by Joseph Curiale / America (from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim / Spaghetti Western by Michael Daugherty / One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim / Pentium by Peter Graham / West Side Story Reprise by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim85.1012th
2010WantedWanted Dead or Alive by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora / Trittico by Václav Nelhýbel / Proven Lands (from There Will Be Blood) by Jonny Greenwood / Suite from Our Town by Aaron Copland / Borinage by Michael Gordon / Journey to the Center of the Earth by Peter Graham / Night Flight (from Swing Shift) by Kenji Bunch 83.3515th
2011The Road HomeThe Old Church by Stephen Paulus / China Gates by John Adams / Memory (from Nepomuk's Dances, 3rd mvt.) by Marcelo Zarvos / Muted and Sensuous (from Four Piano Blues) by Aaron Copland / Mama by Edgar Meyer 83.2014th
2012This Was
the Future
Galop from Souvenirs, Op. 28 by Samuel Barber / Music for Theater & The Heiress by Aaron Copland77.6518th
2013Magnificent 11Magnificent Seven by Elmer Bernstein / The Theme "John Dunbar" from Dances With Wolves by John Barry / Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe / Original music by Robert W. Smith and Paul Rennick86.0513th
2014A People's HouseA People's House by Robert W. Smith / The Ramparts by Clifton Williams / Distant Images by Sandi and Paul Rennick / Lincoln by Robert W. Smith / Oh Shenandoah (Traditional) / America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates84.77514th
2015Wild HorsesDreamer by John Debney / Open Spaces by Robert W, Smith / Wild Horses by Natasha Bedingfield, Andrew Frampton, and Wayne Wilkins / Adrenaline City by Adam Gorb83.80013th
2016HeroFanfare by Robert W. Smith / Fire by Robert W. Smith / War Psalm by Paul Rennick / Walking with Heroes by Paul Lovatt-Cooper / Movement 1 from Symphony No.1 by John Corigliano / Fix You by Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion (Coldplay)83.27514th
2017Duels & DuetsPart I – The Foe – Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev
Part II – The Friend – Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev
Part III – The Lover – Black Heart Tango by Robert W. Smith and Paul Rennick / Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini
Part IV – The Foil – The Foil by Robert W. Smith
81.27517th
2018The New
Road West
Welcome to the Black Parade by Bob Bryar, Frank Iero, Ray Toro, Gerard Way, and Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) / Toward The Splendid City by Richard Danielpour / Canyon Echoes by Robert W. Smith / Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell / New Road West by Robert W. Smith81.78717th
2019Beyond BoundariesDivertimento for Band, Opus 42 by Vincent Persichetti / Enterprising Young Men (from Star Trek) by Michael Giacchino / Wondrous Light by John Estacio / To The Stars by Randy Edelman / Chorale VI Cantus – Song of Aeolus by Karl Jenkins / Main title, Krill Attack & Shuttle Escape (from The Orville) by Bruce Broughton81.66318th
2020Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021UnleashedThe Triumph of Time by Peter Graham / Knockin' on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan / Eclipse by Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, & David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)No scored competitions
2022VorAciousWhen Johnny Comes Marching Home by Louis Lambert / Without Warning by Stephen Melillo / Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone / Nothing Else Matters by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich / Dance of the Earth by Igor Stravinsky / Original Music by Tim Snyder and Paul Rennick

Caption awards

At the annual World Championship Finals, Drum Corps International presents awards to the corps with the high average scores from prelims, semifinals, and finals in five captions. Prior to 2000 and the adoption of the current scoring format, the Troopers have won these captions: [10]

High Visual Award

High Color Guard Award

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