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Troopers will field full corps in 2003

Troopers (Casper, WY)
Photo by Mark Prosperie

The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming is starting its 45th anniversary season in a big way. The first camp for the new season was held December 27-30 at Natrona County High School in Casper. Attendance for the camp was the largest since 1995, and the corps plans to field a full corps for the first time in more than a decade. Several things are credited to the great start, including the return of almost all of the 2002 staff, the addition of a full time recruiting coordinator and the possibility of a new set of G bugles.

The latter project received a huge boost by an alumnus’ generous donation, pushing the total G bugle fund drive over the halfway point to the goal. The corps expects to see a new set of G bugles in the members’ hands this summer. On the other side of the field, Premier percussion has, for the second year, agreed to give a full percussion sponsorship to the corps.

During the first camp, the corps played through parts of the opener and closer. For 2003 the Troopers will present “Reflections of the Blue and the Gray.” The corps is actively recruiting membership in the Rocky Mountain Region and has found a great deal of interest in the Colorado market, as well as Wyoming and Idaho.

Long-time corps director Mathew Krum has moved into the executive director’s role, while Scott Puryear (director of operations) has moved into the director’s role. The change was made to help diversify the daily operations of the corps.

Finally, one of the main fund raising events for the Troopers the past eight years has been Troopers Bingo. Starting January 1, ground was broken to expand the operations of not only bingo, but to use the new “Trooper Center” as a place for community events. In addition to the larger bingo game, the Trooper Center will include additional office space for the corps administration, a new conference room and a display of 45 years of corps history. The additional space will bring the Trooper Center to more than 12,000 square feet.

For more information, visit www.troopersdrumcorps.org or call the corps hall at (307) 472-2141.

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