Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps under the direction of David Becker, is pleased to announce the selection of Jacobo Herrera (Lead DM), Jade Norton, Xiomara Oregon & Ariel McAnulty as the Watchmen Drum Majors for the 2019 season. Jacobo, Xiomara & Ariel were selected from a candidate pool that went through an intense audition process that showcased their conducting and leadership abilities. Our new drum majors will help guide the corps to its best season ever.
Watchmen Drum Major Jacobo Herrera attended Drum Corps International “Drum Major Summit” during the 2019 DCI Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on January 11th – 13th. This was the 10th year of the seminar and Watchmen was one of 35 corps were represented from DCI’s membership.
Led by a cadre of former legendary DCI drum majors, Jacobo thoroughly enjoyed himself meeting new people, networking and bonding with the other drum majors from the World and Open Class Corps. He acquired a lot of information at this year’s seminar including a fascinating “behind the scenes” look at some of the technical aspects of audio recording of finals. DCI staff was very welcoming and helped Jacobo acquire new information to help Watchmen grow.
”It was great being able to just be myself and not the ‘leader’, Jacobo remarked. He got to learn how to manage members who are having a hard time or rough day and how to better aid people having emotional or mental challenges during the season. Jacobo added: “I also learned more about the components of how to be an effective leader and how to be a ‘big brother’”. He stated that he learned about maintaining respect and at the same time being compassionate.
Jacobo said it wasn’t just work–there was plenty of fun. The drum majors all visited the Discovery Percussion Center, toured the DCI offices, got to see the legendary “Founder’s Trophy” as well as a host of pictures of corps through the years. With snowfall during the trip, there was ample opportunity for the drum majors to let their hair down and play in the snow as well as socialize at local eateries, a favorite being the well-known local Steak and Shake.
Watchmen is pleased to announce the design team is adding a cymbal line for the 2019, this is a first in the corps history. Come be a part of history and be a part of the inaugural Watchmen 2019 Cymbal Line…
And create a legacy!!
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Watchmen Welcomes New Brass Caption Head — Stephanie Rittenhouse
Riverside, CA— 12/9/18 — The Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce Stephanie Rittenhouse as our 2019 Brass Caption Head.
Stephanie Rittenhouse is a music educator and holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from California State University Fullerton. While at Fullerton, Stephanie performed with multiple groups including the Brass Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and the Wind Symphony. She studied trumpet with Dr. Mark Garrabrant and Barry Perkins.
Before transferring to Cal State Fullerton, Stephanie attended Riverside Community College where she was involved with numerous performing ensembles. These ensembles include the RCC Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Orchestra and the RCC Marching Tigers. Stephanie studied trumpet under Rich Chasin and Kevin Mayse while at RCC.
Stephanie Rittenhouse is currently Director of Instrumental Music at Chaparral High School in Temecula and was previously the director at Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley. This is her sixth year as a high school music director. Stephanie has also, previously been involved with Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps as part of the brass staff in the 2014, 2017 and 2018 seasons.
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