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Watchmen Announce 2018 Brass Staff

Riverside, CA – Watchmen are pleased to announce the Brass Staff team for the 2018 season.

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Paul Rendon
Brass Arranger

Paul Rendon was born in San Diego, California in 1973. He studied Music Composition at The University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada) and Music Education at San Diego State University. While at San Diego State University he was admitted membership into The San Diego State University ETA THETA Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national honor society, for his academic achievement and contributions to the SDSU School of Music and Dance. He was also granted a fellowship in The California Music Project! He received his credential from San Diego State University.

Paul is an active educator, composer, arranger and performer in Southern California. As a wind band composer, he was commissioned to compose a piece for The 2014 California All-State Music Education Conference for Rancho Buena Vista High School Wind Ensemble. In the same year, his transcription of Leonard Bernstein’s “Three Dance Episodes from “On The Town” for wind ensemble” was premiered at the San Diego Winds Composers festival. The second movement, “Lonely Town”, is still being performed today. In 2016 The Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Riverside, California premiered his original show entitled “Goliath” during their competitive Drum Corps International season. Paul is very active in promoting the arts and arts education as well.

Paul has been a brass designer, brass caption head, Program Consultant and instructor at the World and Open Class levels of drum corps. His Drum Corps programs include The Kiwanis Kavaliers, Velvet Knights (World), The Watchmen, West Coast Sound, Bracken Cavaliers, Long Island Sound, Illusion and The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets winter program. He has also designed wind band books for various high schools. Recent Marching Band include Rancho Buena Vista HS, Mission Hills HS, Steele Canyon HS, Point Loma HS, Serrano HS, Fallbrook HS, Wateska HS (Illinois), Las Vegas HS and numerous others.

Paul is very active in the community as a performer. A Trumpet and French Horn player, he has performed with numerous Orchestras and Wind Ensembles. His credits include The La Jolla Symphony, San Diego Youth Symphony, San Diego Wind Ensemble and Concert band, The San Diego Symphony as an ensemble, various woodwind/brass quintets and other college ensembles where he has studied. He was also in a national touring ska band and played Trumpet with Dave Wakeling of The English Beat/General Public. Paul was a member of the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugles Corps from 1991-1993 where he played French Horn and Mellophone, was a section leader and soloist. As a member of SCV, he performed at DCI’s solo and ensemble competition where he earned third place against some very talented musicians. He attributes his parents and numerous other people in his life that have mentored and impacted him in arts education including SCV legends Gail Royer, Myron Rosander, and Rick South just to name a few.

Currently Paul is the director of bands at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. Before his current duties at Homestead he was the assistant director of bands at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, California where he taught /conduct all 3 wind ensembles, marching band and other after school programs like Jazz, Theory, and composition. He also helps students with International Baccalaureate Music throughout the year. He is a music adjudicator and clinician for various circuits including SCSBOA and CMEA.

This is his 3rd year as brass arranger for The Watchmen. He currently resides in San Jose, Ca.

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Stephanie Rittenhouse
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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Victor Torres
Upper Brass Technician

Victor began working in education in 1999 as a marching and brass coach for local high schools in the Southern California area. He is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, CA after being Music Director at Fallbrook High School located in North County San Diego. When he is not in the classroom, Victor teaches horn to his private studio and performing with local orchestras and wind ensembles. Working with young performers is a passion he has had since his time as a performer himself.

His work as a educator at Redlands High School where he played horn, mellophone in the band and marching bass drum for the winter drumline. After graduating he continued his playing with the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers and Drum Corps International. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in Music Education and Teaching Credential. He is currently working on finishing his graduate school.

While serving at his position at Fallbrook High School for six years, his ensembles have received high recognition and awards. The Marching band has found success in the Western Bands Association earning several 1st place awards. The Wind Symphony has earned Excellent and Superior Ratings at Festival. The Winter Drumline has won the Gold Medal (Novice Class – 2015), Bronze Medal (Scholastic B – 2016) at the American Drumline Association Championships. The Winter Color Guard has consistently competed at a high level earning a Gold Medal (Scholastic AAA – 2016) at the Winter Guard Association of Southern California Championships.

This is Victor’s Second season with the Watchmen and is excited for this new opportunity.

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James Ana
Brass Clinician / Consultant

James Ana is a music educator that holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from California State University Fullerton. While attending Fullerton he performed in various ensembles including, the Wind Symphony, the University Symphony Orchestra, the Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, the New Music Ensemble, the Varsity Band, and the Brass Quintet. James studied under the tutelage of Barry Perkins the Principal trumpet for the Pacific Symphony while at CSUF. He has also studied under Rich Chasin, and Kevin Mayse director of the Wind Symphony at Riverside Community College. Some other performance experiences include the RCC Wind Ensemble 2001-2008, RCC Jazz Band 2002-2008, RCC Marching Band 2001-2002, Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corp 2000-2002.

This will be James’ third year with the Watchmen. James took over as brass Caption last season. James is also currently in his second year at as Music Director at Montclair High School after fourth year as Music Director at A.B. Miller High School where he overseas and/or works with the Marching Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Band, Rebel Percussion Alliance, and Fontana Miller Guard. He coordinates with other district faculty to organize events such as the All City Honor High School & Middle School Bands, and the All City Honor High School Choir. James has also worked as a brass and visual coach at Sierra Vista High School in 2011 thru 2012. He also created, and instructed a Brass Quintet while instructing at Sierra Vista High School.

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Watchmen Tour 2018

Watchmen extended tour for 2018 season

Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce that they are extending summer tour season for 2018. DCI representatives indicated they are excited that Watchmen is taking the next step towards their goal to Drum Corps International Championships in Indianapolis in the near future.

2018 Tour Schedule

June 29 Oceanside, CA, June 30th Pasadena, CA,
July 1st. Riverside, CA, July 2nd Meza, AZ,
July 14th Escondido CA, July 15th Bellflower, CA,
July 20th Bakersfield,CA July 21st Pleasant Hill, CA,
July 23rd Salt Lake City, UT, July 24th Denver, CO.

Interested in Marching with Watchmen for the 2018 season?

Sunday January 21 & February 11, 2018
Location: Martin Luther King High School – Band Room
Sign – up / Check in : 8:00am
Audition Time: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Sign up at http://www.watchmenartsassociation.org/join-us/audition/
For Information about Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps
Contact: David Becker Director
director@watchmenartsassociation.org

About Watchmen Arts Association
Watchmen Arts Associations prides itself on providing local musicians an affordable year-round experience that is educational, and teaches members to challenge and grow as individuals, along with the rest of their peers, while competing against the best and being evaluated by the finest judges in the activity – all resulting in shaping individuals who understand the value of working towards something bigger than themselves.

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Meet the Drum Majors for 2018

Meet the Drum Majors for 2018

Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps under the direction of David Becker, is pleased to announce the selection of Noah Galambos & Jacobo Herrera as the Watchmen Drum Majors for the 2018 season. Noah and Jacobo were selected from a candidate pool of eight that went through an intense audition process. Welcome to the Watchmen family.

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Jacobo Herrera
Lead Drum Major

Jacobo Herrera is an accomplished Trumpet player and conductor. He is principle chair for the wind ensemble and is lead trumpet for the jazz band at Redlands East Valley High School. He is the first student orchestral conductor at REVHS, and has conducted with the beginning instrumental band as well as plays and conducts for the Redlands Youth Symphony. His dream schools would be Stanford University, UCLA, or USC. This is Jacobo’s second year with Watchmen as a Drum Major and as head drum Major he plans to bring the corps to a whole new height this season.