2020 Watchmen Educational Staff

 Brass Staff 

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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.


 Percussion Staff 

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Brandon Johnson
Battery Caption Head and Arranger.

This is Brandon’s second year working with The Watchmen after the 2014 summer season 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. He has worked with, taught and written for numerous programs in Southern CA including Canyon Springs High School, John W. North, Temescal Canyon, UCR, South Pasadena, Ayala, Incognito Drum and Bugle Corps, Pace Indoor Percussion and Dark Sky Percussion. He currently works with Western high school in Anaheim, Cypress high school and performs with Sidle entertainment. Moreover, he is pursuing a BM in Music Composition from California State University Fullerton with an emphasis in percussion.

Brandon Lives in Fullerton, CA.

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Marcel Barragan
Front Ensemble Caption Head / Arranger

This is Marcel’s second 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 Front Ensemble Caption Head.

After high school, Marcel would perform with the RCC Marching Tigers, Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Watchmen Indoor Percussion, and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.

Marcel currently resides in Riverside, CA, and is studying Percussion Performance under Jason Goodman and Steven Schmidt. Marcel has had the pleasure to study under Sandi Rennick, Lauren Teel, Brennan Davis, Stephen Symank, Chris McWilliams, and Brian Dinkel, through his years in the marching activity.

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Chris Doolittle
Consultant

Chris is a percussionist with over 30 years of performance experience and over 20 years of teaching experience. His parents encouraged him to join the school band in third grade when he was just eight years old and he quickly found his passion for music. His passion has kept him closely involved in the music education, products, and performance fields.

His teaching credits include:  Drum Corps – Pacific Crest (DCI World Class), Gold (DCI Open Class)  and Esperanza (DCI Open Class)

Winter Drumline: Alternative Percussion Ensemble (WGI PIO Finalist)Schools – Southern California – Oak Valley MS, Steele Canyon HS, Scripps Ranch HS, West Valley HS, Valley Center HS, Del Norte HS, Vista HS, Rancho Buena Vista HS, Bonita Vista HS, Monte Vista HS, Patrick Henry HS, Marina HS, Estancia HS

His performance experience includes: The Procrastinators, The All-Star Drumline, Percussionation, The Percussionators, Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, West Coast Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, Community wind ensembles San Diego State University marching band, pep band, and winter drumline San Clemente High School, Shore cliffs Junior High School, and Palmer School. He graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Public Administration in 2002.

Chris uses and proudly endorses Adams percussion, BassMuffling.com foam, Beetle Percussion, MarimbaString.com string, Pearl drums, Remo drumheads, StickTape.com tape, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Xymox practice pads, and Zildjian cymbals.

 


 Color Guard Staff 

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Anthony Joseph Rodriguez
Color Guard – Caption Head

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. he also went on and marched with other winterguard groups such as Diamante winterguard and Corona winterguard.

In 2006 and 2007 Anthony marched with the Concord Blue Devils,reciving a bronze medal and a gold medal Anthony then Pursueid into a teaching career immediately right after high school and begun to teach with his alma mater Chaffey high school, in 2008,2009,2011 in the scholastic A division after a couple years of learning experiences with choreography, designing, and instructing. he continued
on with instructing other high school groups such as Don lugo high school, Santa Fe high school, Magnolia high school, Cypress high school, and Saddleback high school, the Velvet Knights drum and bugle corps, and Gold drum and bugle corps. as well as a canadian group known as the Blue Saints
with extensive experiences both technology and artistically he has successfully created programs throughout his teaching career and will continue to keep going. Anthony currently teaches with Saddleback high school, in santa Sna, California.
Anthony is currently Residing in garden grove, CA and is very happy to be part of the Watchmen family this up coming season.

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Krystal Hamlin
Visual – Dance / Movement

 Visual Staff 

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Ryan H Turner
Drill Designer

Ryan H. Turner brings a rich history in the marching and pageantry arts activity that covers over 35 years of experience as a performer, designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator.

Ryan graduated from Pasadena High School in 1984 after a successful high school music career, performing on trombone, euphonium, and tuba, and serving as drum major and marching instructor for the marching band. He moved on to Pasadena City College, where he served two years as the drum major for the PCC Lancer Marching Band as well as the world-renowned Official Tournament of Roses Honor Band. During those same years, Ryan began his three-year stint with the very popular Drum Corps International World Class Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Anaheim, California, serving one year as a lead baritone in 1985, and then the next two years as drum major. He was also a member of the highly regarded California State University at Long Beach “Big Brown Music Machine” Marching Band for two years. In his performing career, Ryan has performed in multiple idioms of music with over sixty performance ensembles as a specialist in low brass with some of the top names in southern California music education and entertainment.

Ryan’s love of drill design is evidenced in the over 225 shows he has designed since 1984 for high school and collegiate marching bands, drum and bugle corps, winter guards, and indoor drum lines across the country, garnering awards and praise in multiple judging circuits. He has instructed and designed as well for both DCI and DCA corps, including the Velvet Knights, Anaheim Kingsmen, Pacific Crest, Impulse, Capital Sound, City Sound and So Cal Dream All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps.

Administratively, Ryan served as Vice President of Contests for the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) from 1990-1994, and was part of the Executive Management team that propelled the WGASC to its current status as the top “local” winter guard circuit in the world. After two years on the Board of Directors with the Pacific Crest and So Cal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps’, he served on the Board of Directors for the Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps in a public relations role as well as on the Executive Steering Committee for So Cal Dream. He has worked both with the WGASC as a Contest Director, and the Marching Band Open Series (MBOS), a division of the WGASC, assisting the organization with management, strategic planning, and promotions.

Ryan’s adjudication skills have taken him nationwide, and he is currently certified as a visual performance and effect judge for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the Southern California Judging Association (SCJA), the American Drumline Association (ADLA) and US Bands (formerly the United States Scholastic Band Association–USSBA). He is a sought-after leadership consultant for drum majors and student leaders in the southern California region, and has taught at the acclaimed California Leadership Academy with nationally-renowned leadership expert Dave Kuhns. As well, he has offers his own “Dynamics of Leadership” workshops to great reviews, working with the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps and several marching band programs across the country.

Often referred to as the “Voice of Southern California”, he has served as announcer and Master of Ceremonies for a multitude of drum corps, marching band and winter guard shows across the southwest region over the past 30 years. He has announced for DCI, WGI, SCSBOA, and WGASC, as well as having the honor of announcing for the 2007 DCI Division II/III World Championships in Pasadena, California and for the Anaheim Kingsmen Alumni Corps’ semi-finals performance at the 2007 DCI World Championships in the Rose Bowl.

While Ryan’s love is in the marching and pageantry arts, he also serves in a very rewarding career in public safety and has been recognized for contributions in the public safety emergency communications and management industry during his 25+ year career. He is currently the Senior Fire Communications Supervisor of Education and Training for the fourth largest fire department in California, the Orange County Fire Authority, in Irvine, California. He assists in managing a workforce of 26 full-time 911 dispatchers and supervisors in a state-of-the-art Emergency Command Center. He resides in Brea, California, with his wife and three children.

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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.