The Troopers are the only competitive World Class drum and bugle corps in the state of Wyoming. The corps, founded in 1957 by Casper contractor Jim Jones, represents Wyoming in numerous performance events during the year and participates in the Drum Corps International tour during the summer months.
The Troopers are proud to be a founding member of Drum Corps International. We have been serving the youth of America for nearly 60 years and during that time have held many championship titles, including the World Open, CYO, VFW National, American Legion, North American and DCI regional titles.
Aside from summer competition activities, the Troopers have been a popular attraction at professional and collegiate sporting events, including 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; they represented the state of Wyoming at the 1993 and 2001 presidential inaugural parades, and have performed in concert before World's Fair attendees, NATO Defense College delegates and Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush.
Although most of our members are from the western United States, the popularity of the corps has attracted members from all across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and in 2003 we welcomed our first members from Japan. The corps is open to young adults from age 16 to 21. Members are required to audition for the corps each year and are accepted primarily based on their positive attitude, self discipline and dedication, in addition to their musical ability and marching skills.
Reflecting upon our western military heritage, our uniforms are reminiscent of those worn by the 11th Ohio cavalry, which was stationed near present-day Casper in the late 1800s, and our musical style embodies the American spirit.
The Troopers are widely recognized and respected by drum corps fans around the world. Ever building on a championship tradition and dedication to excellence, our corps has been nicknamed "America's Corps," a title we hold with honor.