Drums Along The Rockies in Cheyenne tonight

By: Kathryn Spencer Email
By: Kathryn Spencer Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps are performing Friday night at 7:30 for the Cheyenne edition of Drums Along The Rockies.

For three months, 150 musicians and color guard members travel the country and do what they love.

"Its an incredible feeling that you can't get anywhere else, so i think performing would definitely be my favorite part of being in this organization" said Justin Anderson, the corps drum major.

Alyson Downs and Vince Zakis are two members of the troopers drum and bugle corps from right here in Cheyenne.

"That was my first drum corps experience, and i was like wow that was so cool, i want to do that some day, and four years later, I was on the field" said Alyson Downs, a member of the color guard.

"It is brutal, it definitely is brutal, but you've just got to look toward the end of the summer, and look towards the light through the tunnel and try to have fun with it as much as you can," said Vince Zakis, a tuba player for the Troopers.

They spend their summer through blood sweat and tears practicing and perfecting their show. "We pretty much live on a bus, sleep on busses," said Zakis.

Now, they've returned to their home state where the troopers started in 1957.

"I'm so excited for the show tonight, its the corps home show, its my home show," said Downs.

A show that kids from all over the country come to join, some even from as far as Japan.

"This is my family away from home, so these are 150 of my closest friends," said Anderson.

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