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Troopers Announce 2011 Design Team (October 15, 2010)

Troopers Director Fred Morris is pleased to announce the design team for the corps 2011 summer season.

Returning to the team is veteran arranger and educator David Reeves. For 2011, David will arrange the brass, percussion and front ensemble books for the corps.

"David did a great job for us last year and has taken on the added responsibility of the brass book for us this year. We will get the full composition approach, from one arranger for our program this year" says Fred Morris, Director of the Troopers.

The Troopers also welcome back Nick Benson and Adam Oswald who will collaborate on the 2011 visual design.

"Both of these gentlemen have been with us for the past four years and have developed our successful marching program. We are very excited to see what design concepts they will produce for us with their wealth of knowledge of the marching arts." says Morris.

Caption heads will remain the same as the 2010 season. Heading the brass caption is Kyle Thompson; percussion is headed by Kevin Welborn and color guard Karen Prince. Nick Benson will serve as the visual caption head in additional to his design duties.

"This team, with the addition of William Chumley, has been hard at work since the end of the 2010 season and have put together some very interesting show concepts which we are exploring. We look forward to another very successful, exciting, and rewarding experience for our members." concludes Fred Morris, Director of the Troopers.

The Troopers are actively accepting applications for membership in the 2011 corps. Single day auditions and full camp experience dates have been posted on the corps official website located at http://archive.troopersdrumcorps.org.

Troopers Announce 2011 Color Guard Captain (October 14, 2010)

The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce that Phillip "Fez" Franklin will serve as color guard captain for the 2011 season.

Phillip is currently pursuing a Music Education degree from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. He is originally from Raleigh, NC and attended West Johnston High School where he was drum major for the marching band as well as a member of the winter guard from 2005-2008.

Phillip joined the Troopers in 2010 and instantly proved to be a wonderful asset to the group. We are excited that he will be back with us in 2011 in this leadership role and know that he will do a fantastic job!

Troopers add William Chumley to Educational Staff (October 11, 2010)

The Troopers are excited and pleased to announce the appointment of William Chumley as Program/Staff Coordinator for the 2011 season.

"William brings to the Troopers organization a wealth of expertise in the world of drum corps and pageantry arts, says Fred Morris, Director of the Troopers, “He will be a huge asset to our design team and educational staff.”

Morris concluded, “We look forward to the concept and design of next year’s competitive program, which is currently being produced."

The Troopers are actively accepting membership applications for the 2011 season. Visit the corps’ membership site at http://members.troopersdrumcorps.org for audition camp dates and locations.


Brass Only Audition Date Set (October 5, 2010)

The Troopers will be holding a single-day audition for brass applicants. This is the first of many opportunities students will have to audition for a spot in the 2011 Troopers brass line.


Saturday, November 13th
Skyview High School
1300 NW 139th St.
Vancouver, WA 98685

Apply on line at http://members.troopersdrumcorps.org


2010 UW Marching Band Invitational (Event Date: October 9, 2009)

The University of Wyoming Marching Invitational, co-sponsored by the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps takes place this Saturday, October 9th at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.  The first performance begins at 12:30 pm with awards slated for 4:10 pm, and parking and admission are free and open to the public.

“We are excited to partner with the University to offer this opportunity for area youth once again”, said Fred Morris, Troopers Corps Director.  “It is another step in the Corps’ current direction to work more locally during the school-year with Wyoming youth.”

The 9 bands participating will be adjudicated in accordance with WHSAA Guidelines. This gives participants an insight into how they may score at the Wyoming State High School Marching Band Competition on October 16th in Casper.  That event is also co-sponsored by the Troopers.

The event format will feature a full field performance by all bands, followed by a 15 minute clinic off field and finally a chance for each banc to watch a video of their performance.

The judges for the field competition are:

1.  Music Execution – Dr. Mark Rabideau (UW Professor of Trombone)

2.  Music General Effect – Lieutenant Jason Plosch (Air Force Academy Band)

3.  Percussion – Dr. Steve Barnhart (UW Professor of Percussion)

4.  Marching Execution – Jean Smoot (Director of Bands, Dodge City, KS – retired)

5.  Marching General Effect – John Aanestad (Director of Bands, Riverton, WY - retired)

6.  Auxiliary – Dr. Katrina Zook (University of Wyoming)

7.  Drum Majors – Tanya Fletcher (Director of Bands, Rawlins, WY)

Clinicians for the UW Marching Invitational are:

                              1.  Dr. Robert Belser (Director of Bands, University of Wyoming)
                              2.  Dr. Scott Lubaroff (Director of Bands, University of Central Missouri)

The clinicians for this event will not serve as judges.  The two clinicians will alternate providing clinics to the bands.

Awards will be given to the top three bands in each class based on overall scores.  The following caption awards will also be given in each class:

               1.  Outstanding Marching (Based on Marching Execution and Marching General Effect scores)
               2.  Outstanding Music (Based on Music Execution and Music General Effect scores)
               3.  Outstanding Percussion
               4.  Outstanding Auxiliary
               5.  Outstanding Drum Majors

The performance order is as follows:

Douglas High School, Lander High School, Hershey High School, Alliance Middle School, Campbell County High School, Riverton High School, Cheyenne Central High School, Kelly Walsh High School, Alliance High School, and UW Western Thunder Marching Band.  Both UW and Alliance Middle School will be performing for exhibition only.

For more information please contact Dr. Brad Williamson, bwilli29@uwyo.edu, 307-766-5127


Director of Operations Job Opening (October 3, 2010)

Director of Operations

The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps is seeking an individual with strong interpersonal communication skills, financial management skills and personnel management experience.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to manage a complex operation with the ability to be an energetic and enthusiastic ambassador for the Troopers organization. 

Preferred experience includes:

  1. Management level experience in a nonprofit organization
  2. Prior experience with youth based organizations
  3. Experience with and/or knowledge of the competitive Junior Drum & Bugle Corps activity or musical activities a plus.

This position requires full time residence in Casper, WY

Salary based on experience and qualifications

Some travel required

As a youth-centered nonprofit organization, this position requires a background check.

The Troopers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services and is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Ottoes, Executive Director of the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps via email: m.ottoes@troopersdrumcorps.org


Troopers Host End of Season Banquet (August 31, 2010)

The Troopers held their annual awards banquet on Sunday following the DCI World Championships at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Members, staff, family, friends and alumni were on hand to celebrate a successful 2010 summer season. Awards from each caption were awarded to the following members;

Brass Caption:
Most Improved: Jared Bowen
Rookie of the Year: Jennings Barnes
MVP: Aidan Richie

Rookies of the Year: Shane Holmquist and Leslie Swanson
Most Improved: tenor section (Chris Dorst, Brad Thompson and Wil Brewer)
Outstanding: Wes Hernandez
Zildjan Cymbal Award: David Zamora

Color Guard:
Most Improved: Zoe Kunkel
Rookies of the Year: Sam Poulin and Phillip "Fez" Franklin
Member of the Year: Hannah Bowden

Outstanding: Jacob Motl, Aidan Ritchie
Rookie of the Year: Jennings Barnes
Most Improved: John Arambula

Jim Jones Leadership Award - Wes Hernandez
Trooper of the Year: Corey Moore

At the event, corps director Fred Morris instituted a new tradition, a "passing of the saber," so that the Troopers were literally not without drum major leadership for even a minute.

"Josh Jensen, an avid wrestler, is our drum major," Morris said. "This will be his age-out year. He came to us in 2007 after seven years of drum instruction, but did not make our cut for percussion. So he took up the tuba, nailed the audition, and has played tuba ever since."

Also instituted this year, the 2011 backfield commander Kyle Whatley of Pocatello, Idaho, will step into the drum major role for 2012.

The Troopers are already working on the 2011 season and summer program. Audition materials and camps dates will be posted on the corps website in the coming weeks. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply now at http://members.troopersdrumcorps.org.




Date Location

The Troopers first audition camp will be at the Storey Gym in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Nov 18-20, 2011.

Book all flights into Denver (DIA) to arrive by noon on Friday and book returns after 4pm on Sunday. Transportation from/to the airport will be provided for $40 for the round trip. Camp fees will be $50 and a one time audition fee of $75 will be assessed each person.

We'll see you at auditions!


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