Jen Kowalski is a long-time parent volunteer who started helping when her son, Jason, became a Trooper in 2011. In 2012 she started what became The Troopers Parent and The Troopers Fan pages on Facebook as a more efficient way to share information. When Jason aged out in 2013 she decided she wasn’t finished yet and continued volunteering. In 2017 she was named Troopers volunteer of the year and has become a help to new and vet parents alike helping in any capacity she may be needed in.
In 2008 Jen graduated from San Antonio College with a degree in Music Business. In 2009 started working with Rat Pak Records as the VP of Administrations/Media Relations where she continues working today. Currently, Jen is living in South Carolina after spending 10+ years in Texas and she is a native of Southern California.
Braden Millard began his drum corps career marching trumpet with the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Then marching soprano in 2016 and 2018 with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also a member of the 2019 Troopers Alumni Corps.
Braden is graduating with a degree in Engineering Management with emphasis in Industrial Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla Missouri. While at college he is active within the music department on campus, having played trumpet in almost every ensemble. Braden has also been a music and visual technician for the Rolla High School Marching Band since the fall of 2017.
Braden began working with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2019 season as a member of the administrative team. He is excited to be returning as tour manager for the 2020 season.
Dana began as a parent volunteer for Troopers in 2012 when her son, AJ, joined the Troopers Contra Line until he aged out in 2015. In 2016 her daughter, Ally, joined the Troopers Color Guard. Ally plans to remain with her Trooper family through her age out season in 2020. Dana was honored to be named volunteer of the year in 2018.
With the kids in college, Dana lives with her husband, Ray, in Valparaiso, Indiana where she has been a kindergarten teacher for 33 years. Dana is very thankful that Ray is so supportive of her spending her full summers on the road with the corps leaving him to hold down the fort.