The Chipley High School Band hosted a world-class musical group for two days of rehearsals at the school’s facilities. The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, based in Wyoming, are midway through a six-week competitive tour across the country, concluding with the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, the second week of August. The corps stayed at CHS Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28, as they prepared for a competition in Dothan, Alabama.
The Troopers are a founding member of Drum Corps International. Although most of their members are from the western United States, the popularity of the corps has attracted members from all across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and Japan. The corps is open to young adults from age 16 to 21. Members are required to audition for the corps each year and are accepted primarily based on their positive attitude, self-discipline and dedication, in addition to their musical ability and marching skills.
Reflecting upon western military heritage, their uniforms are reminiscent of those worn by the 11th Ohio Cavalry, which was stationed near present-day Casper in the late 1800s, and the musical style embodies the American spirit.
The Troopers are widely recognized and respected by drum corps fans around the world. Ever building on a championship tradition and dedication to excellence, the corps has been nicknamed "America's Corps".
The corps rehearsed on the CHS practice fields behind the school, and area band students were encouraged to come observe the rehearsals.