Following her performance in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Saturday, June 30, 21-year-old Color guard captain for the Troopers, Victoria Romero, talked with DCI.org's Christina Mavroudis about the 2007 season, and how it feels to be performing with the Troopers again. Cristina Mavroudis: What is your background with the Troopers? Victoria Romero: This is my third year with the Troopers. I was in the color guard in 2004 and 2005, and then we had the break in 2006 – I took a break that year too, and now I'm back for 2007.
CM: How is the season going for you so far? VR: It's amazing. We have a whole new staff this year and they are just wonderful and very talented. They have such a great attitude and really want to see us be the best we can be. I feel like we have been given a fresh start this year, and we are making sure we make the most of this opportunity so we can show everyone what the Troopers are all about. CM: Are there a lot of new members in the corps this year? VR: Yes, we have a lot of new people, but they are working extremely hard and they want it all. Compared to the last couple of years, this season has been very exciting to see as our group has already grown so much. I look at us now and I am amazed at what we have accomplished, and I'm so excited for the rest of the season. CM: Any thoughts on aging out? VR: This year is kind of like an age-out dream. After being with the Troopers for so long, and now having the chance to start something totally brand new with them is awesome. It's so cool to see all the other corps cheer us on too. Members in busses were banging on their windows yelling "Go Troopers!" It has been a great new year for us so far. CM: Tell me about keeping the legacy that the Troopers have. VR: There is so much history in the Troopers since we were one of the first corps in Drum Corps International. It's sometimes hard to get new members to understand what our traditions are, but as a veteran I feel it's my job to let them know of our past, so I do the best I can to keep our many traditions alive.