2020 Watchmen Educational Staff


Design

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David Becker

Executive Director (Drum Corps & Indoor Percussion)

David Becker is an active Percussion Instructor and designer based in the Southern California area.

This is David’s 7th year with Watchmen. As one of the co-founders of the organization in 2013 he started out working as the Percussion Caption Head for the Drum Corps from 2013-2015. In 2014 he was also appointed Asst.

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John Meehan

Brass Arranger

John Meehan has been composing and arranging for marching bands and drum corps since 1992. Current clients include Lowndes High School (GA), Allen High School (TX), American Fork High School (UT), Clements High School (TX), Eden Prairie High School (MN), Homestead High School (CA), the Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (England), the Yokohama Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (Japan), and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps (Wyoming).

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Ryan H Turner

Program Coordinator / Drill Designer

Ryan H. Turner brings a rich history in the marching activity that covers over 40 years of
experience as a performer, designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator. He finds
himself in constant demand across the country to bring his special blend of motivation,
positivity and humor to all that he does in the activity.…

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Alexander Vasquez

Color Guard – Co Caption Head

Alex Vasquez I’m the Co Director of Exodus Ensemble. I was the director of Genesis Ensemble for nine years. Genesis Ensemble was a National competitive guard winning numerous awards through out our years. Genesis Last four years was a Semi Finalist at WGI in Dayton Ohio. We have also traveled to San Diego, Arizona, Union City, and Las Vegas.

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Randy Badillo

Color Guard – Co Caption Head

With close to 30 years of experience involved in the pageantry and the visual arts, Randy has been a performer, designer, clinician and adjudicator. He has had the opportunity to be involved with several of Southern California’s finest indoor and outdoor programs.

He has had the privilege of working with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corp, Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corp, City Sound Drum and Bugle Corp, Pasadena City College, LAUSD Honor Band, and is a founding member of Gold Drum and Bugle Corp.Experience with indoor groups includes Genesis Ensemble, Nexus Winter Guard, Project “L” Performance Group, Pasadena City College percussion ensemble, and Hawthorne Gold Winter Line.

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Brandon Johnson

Battery Caption Head and Arranger.

Brandon Johnson, Battery Caption Head and Arranger. This is Brandon’s third year working with The Watchmen after the 2014 and 2019 summer seasons and has been involved with the marching activity since 2004. Brandon’s marching experience includes Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps, Velvet Knights, POW Percussion, RCC Fall Marching Band and the RCC Indoor Drumline as well as the Concord Blue Devils.

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Israel Martinez

Visual Caption Head

Israel has been with the Temescal Canyon High School marching band as the visual caption head since the fall of 2007. He has worked as a marching tech with the Vista Murrieta Golden Alliance in 2005.

He marched contra with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2005, euphonium with RCC Marching Tigers from 02-04, and tuba with the Santa Ana Winds Youth Marching Band.

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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.

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Krystal Hamlin

Visual Technician – Dance & Movement / Fundraising Coordinator

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!

 

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Marcel Barragan

Front Ensemble Caption Head / Arranger

This is Marcel’s third season as Front Ensemble Caption Head with the Watchmen.

His past teaching experience includes Martin Luther King High School, La Sierra High School, Moreno Valley High School, West Covina High School, Apple Valley High School, and Jurupa Valley High School. He graduated from Martin Luther King High School, and is the current Front Ensemble Caption Head.


Caption Head

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Alexander Vasquez

Color Guard – Co Caption Head

Alex Vasquez I’m the Co Director of Exodus Ensemble. I was the director of Genesis Ensemble for nine years. Genesis Ensemble was a National competitive guard winning numerous awards through out our years. Genesis Last four years was a Semi Finalist at WGI in Dayton Ohio. We have also traveled to San Diego, Arizona, Union City, and Las Vegas.

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Randy Badillo

Color Guard – Co Caption Head

With close to 30 years of experience involved in the pageantry and the visual arts, Randy has been a performer, designer, clinician and adjudicator. He has had the opportunity to be involved with several of Southern California’s finest indoor and outdoor programs.

He has had the privilege of working with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corp, Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corp, City Sound Drum and Bugle Corp, Pasadena City College, LAUSD Honor Band, and is a founding member of Gold Drum and Bugle Corp.Experience with indoor groups includes Genesis Ensemble, Nexus Winter Guard, Project “L” Performance Group, Pasadena City College percussion ensemble, and Hawthorne Gold Winter Line.

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Brandon Johnson

Battery Caption Head and Arranger.

Brandon Johnson, Battery Caption Head and Arranger. This is Brandon’s third year working with The Watchmen after the 2014 and 2019 summer seasons and has been involved with the marching activity since 2004. Brandon’s marching experience includes Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps, Velvet Knights, POW Percussion, RCC Fall Marching Band and the RCC Indoor Drumline as well as the Concord Blue Devils.

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Israel Martinez

Visual Caption Head

Israel has been with the Temescal Canyon High School marching band as the visual caption head since the fall of 2007. He has worked as a marching tech with the Vista Murrieta Golden Alliance in 2005.

He marched contra with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2005, euphonium with RCC Marching Tigers from 02-04, and tuba with the Santa Ana Winds Youth Marching Band.

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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.

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Marcel Barragan

Front Ensemble Caption Head / Arranger

This is Marcel’s third season as Front Ensemble Caption Head with the Watchmen.

His past teaching experience includes Martin Luther King High School, La Sierra High School, Moreno Valley High School, West Covina High School, Apple Valley High School, and Jurupa Valley High School. He graduated from Martin Luther King High School, and is the current Front Ensemble Caption Head.


Brass

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John Meehan

Brass Arranger

John Meehan has been composing and arranging for marching bands and drum corps since 1992. Current clients include Lowndes High School (GA), Allen High School (TX), American Fork High School (UT), Clements High School (TX), Eden Prairie High School (MN), Homestead High School (CA), the Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (England), the Yokohama Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (Japan), and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps (Wyoming).

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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.

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Victor Torres

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.

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Adam Zimmerman

Brass Manager / Brass Technician

Adam Zimmerman, San Diego Naitive, is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of California, Riverside. During the summers of 2017 and 2018, he marched mellophone and eventually aged-out with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. Along with being an aspiring engineer, he exercises his passion for education through his involvement in the marching arts.

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Casey Smith

Brass Technician

Casey’s teaching experience started at McQueen High School Lancer Marching Band staff member (2012-2016) as a trumpet music tech, overall visual tech, and visual caption head.  2017 North Valleys High School Band Visual Tech. 2017-18 Spanish Springs High School Marching Band as the Brass Caption Head/Visual Caption Head.

In 2017, he was asked to join the staff at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno,Nv as assistant visual caption head for the marching band in the fall and became the visual tech for my first winter percussion season.

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Andrew Barone

Low Brass Technician

Andrew Barone served as Drum Major for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018. He is currently on music staff at Chino Hills High School and is also a student at Cal State Fullerton studying Music. His hobbies include studying music theory and harmony, watching baseball, playing basketball and disc golf, and practicing his multitude of instruments and learning new ones.


Guard

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Alexander Vasquez

Color Guard – Co Caption Head

Alex Vasquez I’m the Co Director of Exodus Ensemble. I was the director of Genesis Ensemble for nine years. Genesis Ensemble was a National competitive guard winning numerous awards through out our years. Genesis Last four years was a Semi Finalist at WGI in Dayton Ohio. We have also traveled to San Diego, Arizona, Union City, and Las Vegas.

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Randy Badillo

Color Guard – Co Caption Head

With close to 30 years of experience involved in the pageantry and the visual arts, Randy has been a performer, designer, clinician and adjudicator. He has had the opportunity to be involved with several of Southern California’s finest indoor and outdoor programs.

He has had the privilege of working with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corp, Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corp, City Sound Drum and Bugle Corp, Pasadena City College, LAUSD Honor Band, and is a founding member of Gold Drum and Bugle Corp.Experience with indoor groups includes Genesis Ensemble, Nexus Winter Guard, Project “L” Performance Group, Pasadena City College percussion ensemble, and Hawthorne Gold Winter Line.

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Jacob Hurtado

Color Guard – Technician

Jacob Hurtado has been part of the pageantry arts for over 10 years As a performer, choreographer, and technician. 

It all started back when he marched his high school program’s color guard at South gate high school in South Gate, CA. Color guard captain for three years and helped choreograph in his junior year.  

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Anthony Joseph Rodriguez

Color Guard – Technician

Anthony colorguard career began as a senior at Chaffey high school in 2005. After guarduating
Anthony immediately had joined the Riverside Community College Marching Arts program. During the time he was there, he performed with the RCC marching tigers in 2005-2007,2010 and the independent world class winteruard, Fantasia, in 2006,2007,2010 while marching fantasia, he earned wgi world championships titles and served as a captain in 2010.

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Krystal Hamlin

Visual Technician – Dance & Movement / Fundraising Coordinator

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!

 


Percussion

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Brandon Johnson

Battery Caption Head and Arranger.

Brandon Johnson, Battery Caption Head and Arranger. This is Brandon’s third year working with The Watchmen after the 2014 and 2019 summer seasons and has been involved with the marching activity since 2004. Brandon’s marching experience includes Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps, Velvet Knights, POW Percussion, RCC Fall Marching Band and the RCC Indoor Drumline as well as the Concord Blue Devils.

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Manny Castaneda

Quad Technician / Battery Manager

Manny Castaneda is an active music educator and performer in Southern California and
South Western United States. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Manny has had a varied
career as a performer in the percussion realm spanning from his time as member of the
Troopers (snare), and Bluecoats (front ensemble) Drum and Bugle Corps, to his time as
a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, The El Paso Wind Symphony, Star City
Percussion Ensemble, and currently as a freelance musician in the greater Los Angeles
area where he can be found playing anything from orchestral, rock, metal, funk,
alternative, hip hop, pit work/musicals, as well as session and touring work.

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Louis Morales

Snare Technician

Louis is the founder of MORA Music as well as a freelance performer and educator that can be found all through out Southern California. He currently teaches Percussion at El Monte High School, South El Monte High School, and Jurupa Valley High School. Adding to his experience as a performer, Louis marched snare and bass for City Sound Drum and Bugle Corps and snare for Pasadena City College.…

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Nathan “Kippy” Van Lul

Bass Technician

Nathan was born and raised in Southern California and went to Ramona High School in Riverside, CA. Nathan first experience as a performer with Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps as a high school student in 2014-2016, Riverside Community College Fall 2016-17, Vessel Winter Percussion 2017 and finishing his last few years as a performer with The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018.

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Marcel Barragan

Front Ensemble Caption Head / Arranger

This is Marcel’s third season as Front Ensemble Caption Head with the Watchmen.

His past teaching experience includes Martin Luther King High School, La Sierra High School, Moreno Valley High School, West Covina High School, Apple Valley High School, and Jurupa Valley High School. He graduated from Martin Luther King High School, and is the current Front Ensemble Caption Head.

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Whitley Wasson

Front Ensemble Technician

Whitley Wasson graduated from Riverside City College where she studied percussion. She also marched with both the Marching Tigers and RCC’s winter drumline. Whitley is currently studying percussion at Cal State Fullerton. She teaches at Chapararral High School and Valencia High School. This will be her second season with Watchmen.

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Daniel Garcia

Front Ensemble Technician

Daniel Garcia has been a member of the Orange County Wind Symphony for three years, as well as the Symphony of Irvine for two years. He competed in the 2016 SAI Music Sorority Soloist competition and won 1st place in the Instrumental division. Daniel is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Godinez Fundamental High School.

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Isaac Vazquez

Front Ensemble Technician

Isaac graduated from Rubidoux High School and has taught at several high schools in the Riverside area including: Rubidoux High School, Jurupa Valley High School and Norte Vista High School.
 
 Isaac’s marching experience includes Élan indoor percussion, POW percussion, and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. He has performed in the Riverside City College Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensembles.…


Visual

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Ryan H Turner

Program Coordinator / Drill Designer

Ryan H. Turner brings a rich history in the marching activity that covers over 40 years of
experience as a performer, designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator. He finds
himself in constant demand across the country to bring his special blend of motivation,
positivity and humor to all that he does in the activity.…

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Israel Martinez

Visual Caption Head

Israel has been with the Temescal Canyon High School marching band as the visual caption head since the fall of 2007. He has worked as a marching tech with the Vista Murrieta Golden Alliance in 2005.

He marched contra with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2005, euphonium with RCC Marching Tigers from 02-04, and tuba with the Santa Ana Winds Youth Marching Band.

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Daniel Aguayo

Visual Technician

Daniel Aguayo has began his show design career in 2011 arranging music for Troy High School in Fullerton, CA and Ontario High School in Ontario, CA. He’s designed for several schools in both Southern California and Nevada with many advancing to their competitive circuits championships.

Mr. Aguayo’s marching arts experience began while attending Warren High School In Downey, CA.

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John Cross

Assistant Director / Visual Technician / Member at Large

John Cross has teaching marching and visual instruction in Southern California since 1994. Starting out with the Grossmont School District at Helix High School and then with Rancho Buena Vista High School. He moved to Orange County was started working with El Dorado High School and then with Mission Viejo High School for  6 years.

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Krystal Hamlin

Visual Technician – Dance & Movement / Fundraising Coordinator

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!

 

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Mitchell James Sampang

Visual Technician

Mitchell James Sampang is a student majoring in Music education at Mt. San Antonio College. His marching experience include Chino High School 77th Cavalry Winter Percussion, Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and Dark Sky Percussion. He has worked as a Cymbal and Visual Tech and for Chino High School Winter Percussion, Riverside King, AB Miller HS, and Ontario HS.

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Brandi Fig

Visual Technician

Brandi has been an active member of the marching community of Southern California since 2010. Since then, she has participated as a member of Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and taught at multiple high schools. Brandi is currently working as a visual instructor for the Redlands High School marching band and San Jacinto High School marching band and indoor percussion ensemble.