Sponsoring a Trooper
Student musicians and performers dream of reaching for
excellence. They need your help to make that dream of excellence
a reality with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps of Casper, Wyoming.
Will you help a deserving student experience a highly educational
and life-changing summer as a member of the Troopers? Read below
to learn more about our organization and the valuable life lessons
students learn by being a part of the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.
Who are the Troopers?
Troopers are the only competitive junior drum and bugle corps in
the state of Wyoming. The corps travels and competes during the summer
months under the auspices of Drum Corps International; marching music's
major league. We have been educating the youth of America for over
49 years and during that time have earned eleven championship titles
including the World Open Championship, C.Y.O. National Champions,
V.F.W. National Champions, American Legion National Champions, North
American Champions and DCI regional championship titles.
In addition to summer performance activities, the
Troopers have appeared at numerous televised professional sporting
events and were the first drum corps to participate in the Pasadena
Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day. The corps has proudly
represented the state of Wyoming in the 1993 and 2001 Presidential
Inaugural Parades and have appeared in concert before Presidents
Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and most recently George W.
Bush. The Troopers were designated Wyoming's Musical Ambassadors
by the state legislature in 1967.
What do we do?
The Troopers provide a valuable learning experience
for youth ages 16-22, giving them the opportunity to hone musical
skills; travel across the country performing in many different arenas
and to learn the disciplines necessary to function as a contributing
member of a highly motivated team. Members learn self-reliance, self
confidence, time management, team work and yes, even how to do their
own laundry. Drum corps is not high school marching band. While similar
in nature, the drum corps experience is so much more.
The commitment begins in the winter at monthly preparation
camps. We then tour the United States in the summer, practicing and
perfecting a high-energy 11-minute program. The Troopers will appear
in as many as 40 contests and other performances across the country
before thousands of enthusiastic fans. Corps members work hard and
develop family-like relationships with each of the 135 members that
make up the Troopers each year. Friendships and memories made while
part of the Troopers last a lifetime!
What does it cost?
Troopers annual membership tuition is approx. $2100.00 per student.
With this fee, the corps provides necessary equipment, instruments,
uniforms, meals, transportation, housing and supervision while on
the road (approx. 65 days in the summer), along with qualified instruction
from top educators. When you compare the cost of athletic or other
summer camp costs to participation in the Troopers, you'll find that
your investment goes much further to provide more.
Being a member of a top drum and bugle corps is a
huge commitment! The members of the Troopers make a tremendous sacrifice
by giving up family vacations and summer jobs to participate with
the corps. Every student who auditions and makes the corps each season
is dedicated to improving their skills and posses a common desire
to strive for excellence in their chosen craft.
As is the case with most youth programs, yearly operating
costs are on the rise. While the Troopers management makes every
effort to keep costs to the students as low as possible, the rising
costs of quality equipment, instruction and fuel needed to get the
corps from one venue to the other continue to sky-rocket. Over the
past five seasons, the cost to participate as a member of the Troopers
has risen nearly 65%. These cost increases sometimes takes away valuable
learning opportunities from some of the very best and brightest.
This is where you can make a difference!
encourage you to learn more about a young person who is striving
to be a Trooper. Remember that it takes a great deal of personal
sacrifice, hard work, commitment, dedication and desire to become
a member of this corps. Don't let them sit on the sidelines! Don't
let the rising costs keep a student from being part of the Troopers
Don't wait! Make a tax-deductable contribution to the Troopers general scholarship
fund or designate your contribution to a specific Trooper today.
Don't let them sit on the side lines - get them in the game!
Please be reminded that checks for member sponsorship
should be made out to the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps to
receive the highest tax-deduction allowable in your state* and should
be mailed to the corps administrative offices by the sponsoring party.
If making an online contribution, please indicate the name of the
Trooper you are sponsoring in the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS box at check-out.
In the event a member exceeds his/her sponsorship goals for tuition payments,
sponsorship contributions will be pooled into the Troopers general tuition
scholarship fund and distributed to other members who meet financial assistance
criteria. Distribution is determined by corps administration. Kindly direct
all questions regarding members sponsorship to the Troopers administrative
office at 307-472-2141.
*The Troopers are a 501(c)
non-profit organization. Our EIN number is 83-0201222 .
Be sure to consult your tax professional regarding tax deduction laws in your