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Members of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps perform during the 53rd annual Drum Corps International Pageant of Drums on July 5, 2014 at Ames Field in Michigan City, Indiana. The Troopers will perform in Casper and Laramie during the 2015 season. 

The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, a staple of Wyoming summers since 1957, will compete twice in July in the state.

"We are thrilled that we will be competing for the first time ever at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and at home in Casper," said corps director Fred Morris.

The show on Thursday, July 9, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie will feature the Spirit of Atlanta, the Colts of Dubuque, Iowa; Academy of Tempe, Arizona; and Pacific Crest from Diamond Bar, California, in addition to the Troopers.

The University of Wyoming music department has been instrumental in organizing the logistics for the Laramie show, Morris said. Tickets for the evening show will be available from UW, from the Troopers office in Casper, and online at dci.org in the near future.

The Thursday show comes at a busy time in Laramie. That week is the annual city celebration of Jubilee Days, and the end of a UW music camp that draws hundreds of participants.

The following day, Friday, July 10, the Troopers host a competitive show at Natrona County High School in Casper with a different lineup of competitors. On that evening, the Troopers will compete against Blue Coats of Canton, Ohio; Mandarins of Sacramento, California; Cascades of Seattle and the Oregon Crusaders from Portland.

At both shows, the Wyoming National Guard jazz band will perform the National Anthem.

"We are excited to expose the people of Wyoming to competitive drum corps once again," Morris said.

There will be tickets priced at the VIP and reserved levels, and family packages will be available.

After the Wyoming shows, the competing corps will move to Denver for the annual Drums Along the Rockies at Sports Authority Field on Saturday, July 11.

The Troopers' 2015 show is "Wild Horses," which is described like this: "In our modern, fast-paced world, we often feel corralled by our circumstances and our fears. We are always searching for opportunities to run without fear and live free as we throw our heads back and feel the sun on our face and the wind blowing through our hair."

The Troopers begin the 2015 season in Ohio the third week of June, and will be in suburban Boston the Fourth of July. En route to Wyoming, they will compete in Dubuque, Iowa, on July 7. When they reach Wyoming, they will headquarter in Cheyenne and travel to Laramie, Casper, and Denver on the mornings of those shows.

The Troopers season ends in Indianapolis with the Drum Corps International World Championships in early August. The Troopers last qualified for the Finals in 2009.

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Community News editor Sally Ann Shurmur can be reached at 307-266-0520; sallyann.shurmur@trib.com; read her blog at trib.com/dishin; or follow her on Twitter @WYOSAS

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