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The Troopers

The Troopers

Location Casper, WY
Division World Class
Founded 1957
Director Fred Morris
Championship Titles
Corps Uniform Navy bibs with a yellow pinstripe down the sides. Half black/half navy jacket with a yellow baldric. Black cowboy hat.

The Troopers are based out of Casper, Wyoming. The corps is a founding member of Drum Corps International and they compete within DCI World Class. Mike Ottoes runs the front office of the Troopers (as Executive Director), while Fred Morris runs the day-to-day operations within the corps itself (as Corps Director). A Board of Directors oversees the drum corps and all of its parts (headed by Chairman of the Board Milward Simpson)

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History

The corps was founded in 1957 by Jim Jones, a World War II veteran and a building contractor with a flair for percussion and pageantry. (As a youth, Jones won the American Legion snare drumming championship.) In 1957 the corps gathered for its first rehearsals and parade appearances and made its competitive debut in 1958.

The idea of the Troopers came from the 11th Ohio Cavalry, which was a cavalry unit stationed in Fort Caspar, a fort set up to protect supply trains during the Indian Wars of the late 19th Century. Lieutenant Caspar Collins (who's father was the man that Fort Collins, CO is named for) was the commanding officer of the fort (which now bears his name). In 1865, Collins led a small band of soldiers to defend a wagon train when a band of thousands of Lakota Indians came around. All were wounded, but most survived. Caspar, attempting to pull a wounded soldier onto his horse, lost control of his horse, and it ran straight toward the force of Lakota. He fought on until he was killed. When the town of Casper was set up, the name was somehow misspelled, but the city is still officially named for him.

During the 1960s, since almost every drum corps contest was east of the Mississippi River, it became the first drum and bugle corps to go on the road and travel across the country. Other innovations pioneered by the Troopers during that era involved circular drill (including the famous "sunburst"), precision marching, allowing girls to be members of the brass and drum lines, the precision and flair of the color guard and a rousing, highly entertaining musical program. It has been said that the Troopers invented the concept of the modern, touring drum and bugle corps. The Troopers won their first VFW National Championship in 1966.

The Troopers have won 11 national and international titles. The corps reached its competitive apex in 1970 by winning the CYO, the World Open and VFW National Championships. Jones and other Troopers staff members played a key role in founding Drum Corps International (DCI), which held its first championship event in 1972.

From 1972 through 1986, the Troopers were 9 time DCI finalists, placing as high as second (in 1973). In 1985, Jones was inducted into the DCI hall of fame. In other milestones, the Troopers performed at the dedication of Arrowhead Stadium, the Calgary Stampede, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and were the focus of a television special "The Troopers Are Coming," narrated by western movie actor Walter Brennan. The Troopers have performed for presidents Johnson, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II. Scores of Trooper alumni have made a mark on the drum corps activity as staff members, volunteers, administrators and parents, including Gene Montraselli, DCI Hall of Famer - Pete Emmons and legendary SCV Percussion Caption Head Fred Sanford

In 1987, Jim Jones retired as director and was succeed by John Masterson (1988-1991), Gabe Luchetta (1992-1994), Mark Humberson (1995-1996) and Mat Krum (1997-2005), all of whom are alumni of the corps.

The Troopers continued to compete and tour each summer until the fall of 2005, when the DCI board of directors voted to suspend the Troopers' DCI membership status, citing noncompliance with DCI's membership requirements. The corps went inactive, and Troopers board of directors named Mike Ottoes, an alumnus of the corps, former assistant corps director and Wyoming businessman, as interim executive director. Ottoes quickly announced that the Troopers intended to return to comply with DCI rules and return to competition for the 2007 season.

On April 7, 2006, Drum Corps International's Executive Committee gave preliminary approval to the Troopers to rejoin the ranks of DCI Division I competition for the 2007 season. In June, the board of directors selected Fred Morris to be the full-time director of the Troopers. Morris has an extensive background as a staff member and fundraiser for several drum corps in the Midwest, including the Canton (Ohio) Bluecoats. Morris currently handles day-to-day operations for the Troopers, while Ottoes has continued to guide the organization at executive director.

On Oct. 3, 2006, the Troopers returned to DCI Division 1 active competitive status. In early October the corps announced several new staff hires as well as audition dates for the 2006-2007 season.

The 2007 show, "Awakening" was performed in 32 seperate shows over the summer and recieved a 20th place finish at the DCI World Championships in Pasadena, CA. The corps scored an 80.6 at the Clovis, CA show, which was the first time the corps had "broken 80" since 1995.

The 2008 show has been named "The Iron Horse Express," which will be a tribute not only to Casper and Wyoming, but to the one piece of technology that made the taming of the Wild West possible, the locomotive.

In 2009, the Troopers cemented their comeback by placing 12th at the DCI World Class Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with a 2009 program entitled "Western Side Story." Drum corps fans, observers and alumni have remarked that the corps' organization is now as strong as ever, saluting the leadership of Mike Ottoes (executive director), Fred Morris (director) and Milward Simpson (president, board of directors), and the instructional staff led by Ralph Hardimon and Dean Westman.

Shows by year

1958

  • Repertoire:
    • Ghost Riders In The Sky
    • Wagon Wheels
    • He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

1960

  • Repertoire:
    • Ghost Riders In The Sky
    • This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
    • Massacre
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic

1961

  • Repertoire:
    • 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
    • Redwing
    • Wagon Wheels
    • Goodnight My Love

1962

  • Repertoire:
    • This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
    • Battle Hymn Of the Republic
    • I'm An Old Cowhand
    • That Old Devil Moon
    • Land Of Sky Blue Water
    • Little Red Wing
    • Wagon Wheels
    • Cool, Clear Water
    • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    • Ghost Riders In The Sky

1963

  • Repertoire:
    • 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

  • Repertoire:
    • 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

  • Repertoire:
    • Hang 'Em High
    • Marching Through Georgia
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • The Virginian
    • Theme from 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
    • How The West Was Won

1966

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Hallelujah Trail
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Theme from 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
    • Magnificent Sevent
    • Promised Land (from How The West Was Won)
    • Cheyenne (from How The West Was Won)
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 90.45

1967

  • Repertoire:
    • Hallelujah Trail
    • Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha)
    • 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
    • Magnificent Seven
    • Promised Land (from How The West Was Won)
    • How The West Was Won

1968

  • Catholic Youth Organization National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • How The West Was Won
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Tumbling Tumbleweeds
    • Never My Love
    • Up, Up, And Away
    • Black Saddle
    • American Salute
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 83.65

1969

  • Catholic Youth Organization National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • 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
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 81.00

1970

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champions
  • Catholic Youth Organization National Champions
  • Repertoire:
    • Promised Land (from How The West Was Won)
    • Hang 'Em High
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Gary Owen March
    • Turkey In The Straw
    • Aquarius (from Hair)
    • Let The Sunshine In (from Hair)
    • How The West Was Won
    • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Placement: 1st
  • VFW Score: 87.45
  • CYO Score: 83.10

1971

  • Repertoire:
    • William Tell Overture
    • Wagon Wheels
    • Promised Land (from How The West Was Won)
    • March (from First Suite for Military Band in E-Flat)
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Trooper Hoedown
    • Hallelujah Trail
    • Gary Owen March
    • Hang 'Em High

1972

  • Drum Corps International Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Ghost Riders In The Sky
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Cincinnati Kid
    • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    • How The West Was Won
  • Placement: 6th
  • Score: 81.95

1973

  • Drum Corps International Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire
    • Ghost Riders In The Sky
    • Eagle Screams
    • Black Saddle
    • Wedding Dance
    • Thanksgiving Dance
    • Day By Day (from Godspell)
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 86.15

1974

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Ghost Riders In The sky
    • Yankee Doodle
    • Yellow Rose Of Texas
    • The Virginian
    • Thanksgiving Dance
    • Day By Day (from Godspell)
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 85.65

1975

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Introduction and Fantasia
    • Gentle On My Mind
    • Night On Bald Mountain
    • The Virginian
    • No Goodbyes
    • Bound For The Promised Land
  • Placement: 12th
  • Score: 76.20

1976

  • DCI Open Class
  • Repertoire:
    • Roundabout
    • Alabama Jubilee
    • Land Of Make Believe
    • Looking For Space
    • Jet
  • Placement: 13th
  • Score: 82.75

1977

  • DCI Open Class
  • Repertoire:
    • Hang 'Em High
    • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    • Rodeo
    • Drunken Cowboy
    • Death Of Billy The Kid
    • Hoedown (from Rodeo)
    • Farandole
    • Promised Land (from How The West Was Won)
    • Shenandoah
    • Wild Wild West
  • Placement: 20th
  • Score: 78.80

1978

  • DCI Open Class
  • Repertoire:
    • Hang 'Em High
    • American Salute
    • Maple Leaf Rag
    • Rodeo
    • Hoedown (from Rodeo)
    • Farandole
    • The Ballad Of Billy The Kid
    • The Ecstacy Of Gold
  • Placement: 20th
  • Score: 74.25

1979

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Variations On A Scene
    • Aquarius (from Hair)
    • Let The Sunshine In (from Hair)
    • The Ballad Of Billy The Kid
    • The Ecstacy Of Gold
    • Ghost Riders In The Sky
  • Placement: 12th
  • Score: 77.90

1980

  • DCI Open Class
  • Repertoire:
    • The Cowboys
    • Shenandoah
    • Turkey In The Straw
    • Central Park
    • The Ecstacy Of Gold
    • Ghost Riders In The Sky
  • Placement: 14th
  • Score: 76.65

1981

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • The Cowboys
    • Turkey In The Straw
    • Central Park
    • En Sueño
    • Shenandoah
    • Battle Hymn Of the Republic
  • Placement: 12th
  • Score: 78.10

1982

  • DCI Open Class
  • Repertoire:
    • Hassena
    • Wabash Cannonball
    • En Sueño
    • Shenandoah
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  • Placement: 14th
  • Score: 77.60

1983

  • DCI Open Class Semifinalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Ghost Riders In The Sky
    • Battle Hymn Of the Republic
    • Pops Hoedown
    • It Was A Very Good Year Medley
  • Placement: 15th
  • Score: 76.85

1984

  • DCI Open Class Semifinalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Ghost Riders In The Sky
    • High Noon
    • The Aggie Song (from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
  • Placement: 13th
  • Score: 85.20

1985

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Fiesta
    • Third Symphony
    • Buckaroo Holiday (from Rodeo)
    • The Red Pony
  • Placement: 9th
  • Score: 86.70

1986

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • American Salute
    • Silverado
    • Prayer Of Thanksgiving
    • The Red Pony
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  • Placement: 11th
  • Score: 83.50

1987

  • DCI Open Class Semifinalist
  • Repertoire:
    • He's gone Away
    • American Overture
    • Third Symphony
    • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Placement: 17th
  • Score: 81.00

1988

  • DCI Open Class
  • Repertoire:
    • Magnificent Seven
    • Corral Nocturne (from Rodeo)
    • Hoedown (from Rodeo)
    • Silverado
  • Placement: 19th
  • Score: 77.80

1989

  • DCI Open Class
  • Repertoire:
    • How The West Was Won
      • How the West Was Won
      • Cheyennes
      • No Goodbyes
      • Promised Land
  • Placement: 18th
  • Score: 78.000

1990

  • DCI Open Class Semifinalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Music for the Centennial of the State of Wyoming
  • Placement: 17th
  • Score: 80.25

1991

  • DCI Open Class
  • Repertoire:
    • The Cowboys From Sunset
    • Lonesome Dove
    • Oklahoma Crude
    • Orange Blossom Special
    • Music from Dances With Wolves
    • America
  • Placement: 21st
  • Score: 71.90

1992

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • A Western Odyssey
      • Flag Of Stars
      • Cool, Clear Water
      • Unsquare Dance
    • The Ecstacy Of Gold
      • Ghost Riders In The Sky
  • Placement: 19th
  • Score: 76.10

1993

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • 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
  • Placement: 19th
  • Score: 77.10

1994

  • DCI Division I Semifinalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Southwestern Sketches
      • Sunrise
      • Scherzo
      • Santa Fe Saga
      • Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Fiesta
  • Placement: 14th
  • Score: 81.60

1995

  • DCI Division I Semifinalist
  • Repertoire:
    • A Copland Canvas
      • Fourth Movement (from Third Symphony)
      • Fanfare For The Common Man
      • Appalachian Spring
  • Placement: 14th
  • Score: 80.70

1996

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • American Jubilee
      • The Wind And The Lion
      • Shenandoah
      • Outdoor Overture
      • Camptown Races

1997

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • American Salute
    • The Way West
    • Magnificent Seven
    • America The Beautiful
  • Placement: 25th
  • Score: 68.00

1998

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • Forging a Frontier
      • The Getaway (from Silverado)
      • Tombstone - The Family
      • McKendrick Attack (from Silverado)
      • Ghost Riders In The Sky
  • Placement: 24th
  • Score: 68.60

1999

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • Billy the Kid
  • Placement: 21st
  • Score: 73.80

2000

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • 'Symphony of Freedom
      • America the Beautiful
      • America's Struggle
      • America (from West Side Story)
      • Amazing Grace
      • Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Placement: 19th
  • Score: 73.65

2001

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • Tribute to an Uncommon Man
      • Copland Melody
      • Outdoor Overture
      • El Salon Mexico
      • Down A Country Lane
      • Chorale And Shaker Dance
  • Placement: 19th
  • Score: 76.20

2002

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • Red, White, and Blue
      • Javelin
      • American Elegy
      • Into The Storm (from Stormworks)
  • Placement: 20th
  • Score: 75.55

2003

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • Reflections of the Blue and Gray
      • The Great Locomotive Chase
      • Gently Flows The Amber Grain
      • Battle Music
      • Masque
  • Placement: 22nd
  • Score: 75.45

2004

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • The Troopers Are Coming
  • Placement: 23rd
  • Score: 74.925

2005

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • Gold Rush
      • The Gates Of Gold
      • Death By Triple Fiddle
      • She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain
  • Placement: 22nd
  • Score: 71.675

2007

  • DCI Division I
  • Repertoire:
    • Awakening
      • Joy (from Awakening)
      • Unsquare Dance
      • Ever Braver, Ever Stronger
      • American Faces
  • Placement: 20th
  • Score: 77.550

2008

  • DCI World Class Semifinalist
  • Repertoire:
    • The Ironhorse Express
      • Music by Eric Whitacre
      • Music by Sean O'Laughlin
      • Music by John Mackey
      • Music by Richard Saucedo
      • Music by William Gordon
  • Placement: 16th
  • Score: 81.100

2009

  • DCI World Class Finalist
  • Program:
    • 'Western Side Story
  • Placement: 12th
  • Score: 85.1

2010

  • DCI World Class
  • Repertoire:
    • Wanted
      • Wanted Dead or Alive
      • Trittico
      • Proven Lands (from There Will Be Blood)
      • Suite from Our Town
      • Borinage
      • Journey to the Center of the Earth
      • Night Flight (from Swing Shift)
  • Place: 15th
  • Score: 83.35

2011

  • DCI World Class
  • Repertoire:
    • 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
  • Place: 14th
  • Score: 83.2

2012

  • DCI World Class
  • Repertoire:
    • This Was The Future
      • Music for Theater
      • The Heiress

Traditions

Uniforms

The Troopers´ uniforms are reminiscent of the civil war era. More specifically they represent the uniforms of the 11th Ohio Cavalry, a post Civil War volunteer cavalry regiment stationed in Fort Caspar, which is where Casper, Wyoming is now.

Sunburst

The sunburst is a drill formation that has been a Troopers classic for over 40 years. The entire hornline forms a circle in the middle of the field, with the guard inside of that one in another circle. From there, the entire circle expands, or "bursts" out. It is usually used at the end of the Troopers' show. It is normally set to Troopers classics, such as an arrangement of the Battle Hymn of the Republic or Ghost Riders in the Sky, but it has used other tunes, and even been burst silently in 1995 and 2004.

HLD

HLD, the corps' motto, stands for "Honor, Loyalty, Dedication."

Mission

To provide a youth activity with positive educational experiences that promote the growth and development of specific life skills consistent with the Trooper Tradition of Excellence.

Trivia

External Links

References