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Watchmen 2020 November Audition Wrap up

November 18, 2019 –  With the marching band season coming to an end in Southern California, Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps held their first audition for the 2020 season on November 17th at Bloomington High School.  You could feel the excitement in the air when auditioning candidates were handed an official Watchmen Audition T-shirt and the opening production music, which was later performed at the end of the day.  Parents and family members were given updated information about our tour, staff, and much, much more. This is the earliest audition start in Watchmen history and we are very pleased with the turnout.

 

In other exciting news, the Watchmen Board of Directors are very pleased and excited to welcome a true music education legend on the team.  Charles Gray, former esteemed director of bands at Riverside King High School will join the board as Vice President and will begin to focus his attention on something that he has well over 35 years of experience with: Community Development / Outreach.  Gray, outside of his legendary status as one of southern California’s most distinguished and accomplished band directors, prided himself on establishing positive community relations by involving his programs with local political, charitable, and note-worthy events. 

Additionally, he brings to Watchmen a vast network of contacts in the political and entertainment worlds, and will help to foster relationships that will benefit the organization and provide more performance opportunities. As the Watchmen organization continues to grow, having Gray’s vast experience will assist in leading us to an even brighter future.

 

Next Audition December 15th at Bloomington High School.
It’s never too late, sign up today! … Watchmen 2020

IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE A WATCHMEN!

Further exciting announcements concerning staff and show reveal will be issued soon.  Founded in 2013, Watchmen prides itself on providing local musicians an affordable year-round experience that is educational, and teaches members to challenge and grow as individuals.

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Watchmen Design Team 2020

Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps Announces 2020 Design Team

For Immediate Release

Riverside, CA— 10/16/19 — Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce their 2020 Design Team!  Coming off of their most successful season yet, the team builds on past strength while adding new talent.


Led by Executive Director David Becker, the Watchmen 2020 show is being designed by a true world-class team:

John Meehan, Composer and Brass Arranger
World renowned composer, brass arranger, DCI Hall of Fame member, and brass instrument designer.  John is an alumnus of, and current brass arranger/caption head for the Blue Devils.

 

 

Ryan H. Turner, Program Coordinator and Drill Designer
With 40 years experience in the marching arts, Ryan has designed over 300 shows and is “The Voice of Southern California” as announcer for regional field shows.  He returns to Watchmen for a second year as drill designer and takes on the added role of program coordinator.

 

 

Brandon Johnson, Battery Arranger and Caption Head
Alumnus of the Blue Devils, Brandon returns for his third year with Watchmen.  Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music from CSU Fullerton and has over a decade of experience working with multiple high school percussion programs.

 

 

Marcel Barragan, Front Ensemble Arranger and Caption Head
After being a member of Watchmen for the inaugural three seasons, Marcel moved on to perform with the Troopers, a DCI world class corps.  He is currently studying Music Education at CSU Fullerton.

 

 

Randy Badillo and Alex Vasquez, Color Guard Designers and Co-Caption Heads
The team behind nine years of success with Genesis Ensemble have joined Watchmen to launch Exodus Ensemble Winter Guard and lead the Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps Color Guard.

 

 

Israel Martinez, Visual Caption Head
Israel “Izzy” has been visual caption head with Temescal Canyon High School marching band for 12 years, an alumnus of Santa Clara Vanguard (2005) and Riverside Community College. This is Izzy’s seventh season with Watchmen.

 

 

Stephanie Rittenhouse, Brass Caption Head
Stephanie has served as Director of Instrumental Music Chaparral High School and returns to Watchmen as brass caption head for her second season and has been involved with Watchmen as part of the brass staff for six seasons.

 

 

Krystal Hamlin, Movement Specialist
Krystal has served as a color guard caption head, instructor and designer for Chaparral High School for several years and she looks forward to spending her third season with the corps!

 


Watchmen 2020 auditions will be held at Bloomington High School on Sunday November 17, 2019. For more information go to: http://www.watchmenartsassociation.org/join-us/

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Watchmen 2020 Educational Staff Announcement

Watchmen 2020 Educational Staff Announcement!
Riverside, CA— 11/8/2019 —Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce their 2020 Educational Instructional Team. With many of the 2019 staff returning and some additional staff in every caption, we are excited and ready for this season to begin … “We believe this can be a great season for Watchmen and the recruitment numbers are on pace to make another breakout season”.

Watchmen 2020 auditions will be held at Bloomington High School on Sunday November 17, 2019. For more information go to: http://www.watchmenartsassociation.org/join-us/  

Visit our booth at Western Band Association (WBA) SoCal Super Show at El Camino College Murdock Stadium ,16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90506. For more information: https://www.westernbands.org/events/details.php?ID=48

Founded in 2013, Watchmen prides itself on providing local musicians an affordable year-round experience that is educational, and teaches members to challenge and grow as individuals.

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Watchmen – 2020 Caption Head Announcement

Watchmen 2020 Caption Head Announcement

Riverside, CA— 10/25/2019 — Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce its 2020 Instructional Leadership Team. Returning from 2019, Marcel Barragan (Front Ensemble), Israel (Izzy) Martinez (Visual), Brandon Johnson (Percussion) and Stephanie Rittenhouse (Brass) will bring their considerable talents, experience and skills as 2020 Captions. New to Watchmen for the 2020 season are Alex Vasquez and Randy Badillo, who will serve as the new Guard Co-Captions.  Alex and Randy are excited to join Watchmen and bring 15 years of guard performance/instruction experience in the Southern California region.

“Coming off a very successful 2019 season, we are thrilled to have so many of our 2019 leadership team return,” said David Becker, Executive Director. “Not only are we expecting great things and a totally new look for 2020, but so are our potential members!”


The Caption Heads and Design Team have already met during the past months to solidify and develop the 2020 program, plus coordinate instructional goals and strategies. “There’s a totally different vibe here in 2020 after last season’s highest score in Watchmen history ,” said Michael Nash, Tour Manager. “The continued commitment to excellence is being demonstrated by all in the organizational during the off-season. We are really looking forward to an exciting season with so many returning and new members of both the Instructional and Design teams.”  

Further exciting announcements concerning staff and show reveal will be issued soon.  Founded in 2013, Watchmen prides itself on providing local musicians an affordable year-round experience that is educational, and teaches members to challenge and grow as individuals.

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For more information, press only:
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