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Spotlight: 1986 Troopers


Troopers have long been nicknamed “America’s Corps.” How could they not be on this list? Of all the patriotic and Americana shows the corps has brought us, this may well be its most red, white and blue production of them all.

The corps opened its 1986 production with “American Salute,” based on the Civil War era song, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” “Silverado” caught the dynamic flavor of settling the Old West, complete with a hoedown. The reverence of “Prayer of Thanksgiving” was followed by the Americana exuberance of Copland’s “The Red Pony” and the corps’ trademark “Sunburst” drill maneuver.

What pushed this show over the edge into patriotic splendor was the slow tempo “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” with eight red, white and blue banners unfurled as if the rays of the sun rising over a new day of honor. With the entire corps surrounded by red, white and blue flags, this show couldn’t have been more patriotic had the corps spelled out “AMERICA” across the field.

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