The Troopers were one of the perennial top corps prior to the early days of Drum Corps International and in DCI’s first few years, placing as high as second at the 1973 DCI World Championship. The corps placed within the top 12 from 1972 through 1975 and four times between 1979 and 1986.
Considering that it had been 23 years since the corps’ last trip to the biggest show of the season, it really got the fans’ attention when the Wyoming group did so well in 2009 and popped into the Finals by just three tenths of a point after the Semifinals. Few who were there can forget the roaring standing ovation in Lucas Oil Stadium when Hall of Fame announcer Brandt Crocker, himself a product of the Troopers management team (and married to a former Troopers color guard member), announced the corps at the Finals. A prolonged standing ovation—unlike anything I’ve witnessed in my 35 years in the activity up until that time—clearly demonstrated how meaningful the accomplishment was to the fans.
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