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.
Food Truck Manager
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.
Plant Based Lifestyle Consultant
After 15 years of battling painful, often debilitating Endometriosis symptoms, I was desperate for real help. My diagnosis felt more like a death sentence- no cure, just a lifetime of pain meds, surgeries, and sympathy cards. I promised myself that I'd learn to prioritize my mental and physical health, even if it was difficult.
Since committing to a plant-based lifestyle in 2015, my quality of life has improved dramatically. I haven't needed surgery, and I no longer need daily medication or regular visits to the doctor. I'm now able to manage my illness and follow my dreams at the same time.
I've spent the last few years teaching individuals and families how to make more plant-based meals at home. In 2019, I developed the curriculum for a series of plant-based community cooking classes. In 2020, I created recipes and meal plans for weekly vegan meal boxes, available through a local natural foods store. Later that year, I also started a monthly, plant-based snack subscription box business.
Currently, I'm studying to acquire a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.
I'm so happy to be joining the Troopers food team this season as a Plant-Based Lifestyle Consultant to make sure there are plenty of delicious, nutritious vegan & vegetarian options available, in addition to our standard food selections.
Food Services Assistant
Bradley Burton is a percussionist from Nashville, TN currently residing in Casper, WY. He began his career in the marching arts in 2015 as a member of Music City Drum and Bugle Corps. He went on to participate in WGI world class finalist groups Audio Theatre (2015, 2019) and Atlanta Quest (2018). He was a member of the front ensemble for all of the groups he participated in.
Bradley became interested in food services in 2013 after he began working at Sky King Pizza in Kingston Springs, TN. He fell in love with the art and history of Neapolitan wood fire pizza. Since 2013 he has worked at various pizza restaurants as a wood fire pizza chef such as Desano Pizza in Nashville, TN and now Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana in Casper, WY.
He met his wife Hollie Jo through the marching arts community. Together they enjoy creating music, art, Troopers Bingo, and spending time with their two dogs and three cats.
When Tina’s daughter joined Troopers in 2013, this Color Guard Mom who had been on the High School Band Booster Board knew how important parent volunteers were to the success of any Band organization. For her, signing up to be a parent volunteer was an easy choice. Working on the food truck is where she began her Trooper Parent adventure. Quickly realizing that she had a sewing background the jump was made to Uniform fittings, alterations and of course the ever popular “Uniform Laundry Days” aka “Haze Mat Duty”. Once daughter Cristyn aged out in 2016 leaving the Trooper Family was never an option for the Boyd Family. Trooper Alum Cristyn and Mom joined the Trooper Administration Team in 2019 and are looking forward to another successful year in 2021.
Tina currently lives in Coppell, Texas with her husband Joe. Their oldest daughter, Calyn, lives in Oklahoma City who also supports the Corps whenever she can. Tina is a retired Flight Attendant and is grateful for all of the friends she made during her flying career as well as the Trooper Staff and Parents that now make up her new extended family.
Liz became a Trooper Mom when her daughter, Frances, joined the Troopers Trumpets in 2017, 2018 and her age out year of 2019. During the 2019 season, Liz helped out with uniforms by uploading measurement data into spread sheets, correlating members to uniform numbers, uniform sizing and alterations, and the all-important wash days (also affectionately known as HazMat duty).
Liz and her husband, Paul, live in Bryan, Texas. She has worked in the Poultry Science Department at Texas A&M University for the past 29 years. She has been a research assistant, a distance education program coordinator, and has just recently started transitioning into an instructional design role. Throughout the years, she has had the pleasure of working in various capacities with the faculty of the department as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Her office door is always open to anyone who needs help or just wants to talk.
Uniform Crew & Registered Nurse
Karen is a Registered Nurse and a longtime fan of the marching arts. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Rutgers University. Karen’s 30 years of nursing experience includes having worked in hospitals on Pediatric units, and in Pediatric ICU’s, as well as having served as an RN in the U.S. Air Force. She has been working the last 22 years as a school nurse in Irving, Texas, holding National Certification as a school nurse. She volunteered with the Troopers in 2019 and is looking forward to joining them again this summer!
Parent Liaison/Troopers Fan Club
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.
Ashton's passion for music has been a part of his entire life. From watching his father perform in rock bands to the emotional power of cinema, music has always been there. Having the opportunity to be a part of this incredible organization and help move these performers down the road is something he is excited to be involved with.