Percussion Staff

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David Becker
Executive Director (Drum Corps & Indoor Percussion)ADMINISTRATION STAFF

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. Corps Director. In 2015 he was promoted to Executive Director by the Board of directors where he still holds this position today.

David also oversees Watchmen’s Winter Percussion program which competes locally in SCPA, WGI and ADLA were this group has medaled in every season thus far.

Currently, he is the Percussion Caption Head for Riverside King High School and oversees the development of Earhart and Miller Junior High Schools. He has also worked for the Nationally Award Winning Chino High School 77th Cavalry 1997-2013, Ramona High School, Patriot High School, Rubidoux High School, Norte Vista High School, Los Altos High School, Colony High School, Moreno Valley High School and Grace Yolky Middle School.

David was the bass tech for the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps 2007-2009 & 2011-2012 In addition, David was the bass tech for the 2013 SCPA Silver Medalist Dark Sky Percussion and worked for Pulse Percussion as the Bass tech in 2008.

David teaches up and coming students of all ages and levels throughout the community. His performance experience includes programs such as Chino High School, the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, The Sound Machine of the Inland Empire Youth Band (Percussion Captain), and Riverside Community College (Bass line Section Leader).

David is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Treeworks Chimes and Remo Drum Heads.

David lives in Crestline, California.

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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

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 is currently the Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for La Sierra High School. He graduated from Martin Luther King High School, and currently instructs the front ensemble and is the Head Sound Technician.

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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Whitley Wasson
Front Ensemble Tech

This is Whitley’s first season as Front Ensemble with the Watchmen.
Her teaching experience includes Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta Valley High School, Chaparral High School and front ensemble caption head for the Velvet Knights in 2012. Whitley played with almost every ensemble at Riverside City College has to offer including concert percussion, jazz and marching percussion. She’s has also completed the music theory courses and is the principal percussionist in the orchestra and the wind ensemble. I will be graduating from RCC in June 2018.