The glamourous life as a member of the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps includes this itinerary for today -- march in the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo Parade (entry number 66); board buses to the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds, perform a standstill mini concert outside the offices of fair manager Tom Jones; do laundry at a laundromat for the first time in two weeks; get back on the buses about 6 p.m.; and ride to Chamberlain, S.D., approximately 450 miles away.
This is day two of the second third of the Troopers season, according to corps director Fred Morris.
Chatting on about four hours' sleep, Morris explained that he and his staff called the first portion of the season, which began June 19 and ended Sunday, the "get to know each other tour."
"They learned about drum corps, learned about being a Trooper, learned about living on buses and sleeping in gyms, and what tour is like," he said.
In that time, they went to Albuquerque and Phoenix and Disneyland, northern California, Portland and Invesco Field, where Morris says he invoked Gene Hackman.
"I used the old 'Hoosiers' spiel. I told them it's still a 100-yard field, your marks are in the same place, the lights are brighter and the stands are higher and there are more people here, but our show is our show," Morris said.
Although the judges' scoring didn't reflect it, Morris and his staff think Saturday night's performance at Drums Along the Rockies was "the best show we've had down there ever probably."
The second portion of the tour, which lasts until DCI Southeast in Atlanta on July 31, will be used for development and production of the show.
"We start to fine-tune and there are changes, there always are, and those are being implemented," he said.
From Atlanta until the corps arrives in Indianapolis on August 11 for DCI World Championships, the corps will be "cleaning the hell out of it," Morris said.
Morris said this season's group, his fourth as Troopers director, is "on their game. They are great folks. They are taking care of things as they should."
At a free performance in Cheyenne on Sunday evening, 29 Troopers were honored as "age-outs," meaning they will have reached the DCI mandatory maximum age of 21 by the end of the competitive season.
You'll read more about them in future Troopers Tuesday articles.
Also honored was Trevor Bailey, who marched with the Troopers in 2003 and 2004 and took the summer of 2005 off to concentrate on school work. He intended to return for his age-out season in 2006, the "lost" season when the Troopers did not march to restore financial stability to the organization.
Bailey has been on staff with Morris since 2007 as a brass tech, and on Sunday, the Shreveport, La., native was surprised with his own set of crossed sabers, the traditional gift for age-outs.
"It was pretty amazing. I wasn't even expecting it," Bailey said. He said the crossed sabers pin is already attached to his backpack, which is the single most important item for a nomadic drum corps member.
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Troopers past, present
Watch for Troopers Tuesday each Tuesday in the Star-Tribune. Troopers placing and score listed first; show winner and score in parentheses.
July 5: Pasco (Tri Cities) Wash., 2) 72.7, (Blue Knights, 79.9)
July 6: Boise, Idaho, 2) 72.9, (Blue Knights, 81.4)
July 7: Ogden, Utah, 4) 73.8, (Blue Devils, 85.1)
July 9: Loveland, Colo., tie-5), 74.45, (Cadets, 85.6)
July 10: Denver, 7), 74.25, (Blue Devils, 88.0)
(all times local -- for ticket info, see dci.org)
July 13: Central Wyoming Fair Parade, 10 a.m., (entry #66)
Immediately following parade: Standstill at Central Wyoming Fairgrounds
July 15: Sioux Falls, S.D., Howard Wood Field, 7:30 p.m.
July 16: LaCrosse, Wis., UW-LaCrosse Stadium, 7 p.m.
July 17: Minneapolis, TCF Bank Stadium, 2 p.m.
July 18: West Des Moines, Iowa, West Des Moines Valley Stadium, 7 p.m.
July 19: Wichita, Kan., Cessna Stadium, Wichita State University, 7 p.m.