Staff

Administration 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 5th 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 Ontario, California.

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Bill Rawlings
Board of Directors Vice President

Music and the arts have been a part of Mr. Rawlings’ life since his first performance in 1985. He has performed with a wide variety of groups over the years, eventually joining the instructional staff at numerous High School and community musical groups. It was through his involvement in The Sound Machine of the Inland Empire that Bill recognized the value and importance of providing high-quality, low-cost musical and performance art opportunities in communities where access to these extracurricular programs are limited. This commitment is what led him to become a founding member of the Watchmen Board of Directors.

Although he has been involved in marching and performing arts for many years, Mr. Rawlings’ extensive experience in non-profit leadership, governance and strategic planning brings a unique skill set to the Watchmen Board of Directors. Several years of this experience included helping oversee a budget exceeding $75 million dollars, 350 paid staff and over one thousand volunteers.

With almost 25 years of experience working in higher education, Mr. Rawlings is heavily involved in local, state, and national education policy and has been recognized for his pragmatic leadership and problem-solving.

He believes that the unique skills of the staff and Watchmen’s focus on providing high-quality instruction and educational experiences are key to the organization’s continued growth and success.

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Ana Miramontes
Board of Directors Treasurer

It is through her daughter’s interest in colorguard that she joined the ranks of being a band mom. Music has never come naturally to her, in fact she tells her drum corp kid, “I listen to you with the heart and the ears of a mom, no way can I ever critique you. To me, they are always great.” The gift she brings to the drum corps is the gift of organization, administration and financial prudence.

She is married to a wonderful, loving and patient man and the mother to two beautiful girls. One is gifted with the grace of a colorguardian and the other is gifted with strength and the will to live. When band, winterguard, winterdrumline and drum corps are not taking up her time, she is a business banker for a national financial institution. She has an MBA in finance with a certification in financial statement analysis.

“All we do and all we have is by the grace of God and his grace is sufficient. I am thankful that He has allowed me to share my non-musical gifts in such a way that I am able to contribute to the enjoyment and benefit of our kids.”

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Karen Thompson
Board of Directors Secretary

My name is Karen Thompson and I currently serve on the Watchmen Arts Association Board of Executives as Secretary. I began my musical journey back in elementary school, as most of us did and played flute through my Sophomore year of high school where I then switched to color guard. I met my husband of 20 plus years in a marching English Hand Bell Choir, after graduation from college. We have two children who both are very talented in music and as of this writing, are marching and playing their second season with Watchmen. They have participated in both Indoor and Corps in the Front Ensemble. My daughter has played just about every instrument in the Front Ensemble, with mallets being her favorite. She also plays cello, piano and is waiting to begin guitar. My son played trumpet until junior high and then switched to the drums and eventually to drum set where he excelled and has been playing ever since. Both have participated in high school field shows, concert percussion and indoor, as well as Watchmen simultaneously.

I began with the Booster Board in 2011, at the high school level, and have served in such capacities as V.P. Administration, Secretary, and chairperson for uniforms and food, and will continue to do so until my son graduates in 2018. I have pushed, pulled, built, fed, fundraised, sewn, hemmed and basically done and will do whatever is needed. My Drum Corp experience began in 2015 and has been incredible. I love to watch from the first practice to the last performance and am always amazed at what our “Watchies” can do. They work hard and never cease to amaze me! To quote my good friend and fellow Board Member Ana, “We see and hear with a mother’s heart and they are always awesome!” I look forward to watching this organization grow, the members excel and plan to continue serving in whatever capacity is needed until my kids age out and beyond.

“Music is Life, that’s why our hearts have beats”
“Music is what feelings sound like”
Both Authors Unknown

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Michael Nash
Tour Manager, Marketing Manager, Member at Large, Visual Staff

Michael has a long history in the marching arts, starting back in 1973 as a member of the Chevaliers of Waterloo, Iowa which later became the Royal Chevaliers in 1975. In 1976, Michael moved on to march with the Osage Precisionaires of Osage, Iowa. Michael moved to the west coast and found a home with the South San Francisco Conquistadors, marching with them in the 1979 and 1980 seasons.

After a long hiatus from the activity, he resumed his marching career with the San Francisco Renegades Senior Corps in 1998 and performed for three years with them. In 2002, he was part of the management team that started the all age SoCal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael served in many roles for several years for this successful organization, including President of the Board, Corps Director, Visual Tech, Tour Manager, and a member of the hornline.

Michael has taught all levels of drum corps and high schools. He served as a visual tech for the St. Paul Scouts (1979), Logan High School (1984-85), Impulse (2000-2001), SoCal Dream (2005-2006), Renegades (1998) Gabrielino High School (2006-2007), Norco High School (2010-2011), and Los Amigos High School (2014). He currently serves as the Visual Caption Head for the highly successful Dynasty Marching Band of Ramona High School in Riverside, CA.

Michael resides in Huntington Beach, CA with his wife of 35 years and has a great career in the automobile industry.

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Heidi Battelo
Member at Larger

Mrs. Heidi Battelo is an educator, mother, and marching arts enthusiast.  As an elementary teacher, Mrs. Battelo  highlights the performing arts, especially music, in her classroom.  She is the mother of, not one, but two tuba/contra bass players. Both of her sons play contra for DCI Open Class corps. Corps members often refer to her as “Mama B” or “Tuba Mom”. She has volunteered with the Blue Devils B Corps for the last three years, and in the summer of 2017 added Watchmen volunteer to her resume. Mrs. Battelo joins  the Watchmen Art Association board of directors as Member-at-Large.  She brings to the position experience in fundraising and volunteer management.   In her spare time she enjoys ballroom dancing with her husband, jazz music, movies, cooking, and her two cats and two dogs.


Brass Staff

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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 assistant director of bands at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, California (North County San Diego). Since 2011 he teaches/conducts 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 2nd year as brass arranger for The Watchmen. He currently resides in San Marcos, Ca.

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James Ana
Brass Caption Head

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’ second year with the Watchmen. James took over as brass Caption last season. James is also currently in his first 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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Stephanie Rittenhouse
High & Mid Brass Technician

Stephanie 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, then later with Barry Perkins, Principal Trumpet for the Pacific Symphony.

Before transferring to Cal State Fullerton, Stephanie attended Riverside Community College for three years and was involved with numerous performing ensembles which provided unique musical and educational experiences. 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 is currently Director of Instrumental Music at Chaparral High School in Temecula. She recently completed her first year teaching at Chaparral High School and her fourth year as a high school music director. Stephanie was previously the director at Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley. Stephanie was also, previously part of the Watchmen brass staff in the 2014 season.

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Victor Torres
High & Mid 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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Robert Ransdell
Low Brass Technician

Robert is currently the Instrumental Music director at Grand Terrace High School; a position he has held since the school opened in 2012. This follows a 7-year tenure as the music director at Terrace Hills Middle School and two elementary schools beginning in 2005. Robert has also served as a low brass tech, brass caption head, and assistant director for a number of school band programs in Southern California including Serrano High School, Riverside King, Murrieta Valley HS, and John W. North Blue Star Regiment winning SCSBOA Championships in 2002-2003. He has also served as a guest clinician for a variety of high school and middle school band programs, university music ensembles, and regional honor bands.

Robert has been playing the trombone since 1991 and has an extensive background as a freelance musician performing with a number of Southern California ensembles and with several Grammy-nominated musicians. He is a low brass specialist with significant performance and teaching experience on Euphonium and Tuba in addition to Trombone. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from CSU San Bernardino in 2004.

This is Robert’s first full season with the Watchmen and is excited for this new opportunity.


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 5th 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 Ontario, California.

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Harry Hutchins
Battery Caption Head/Battery Arranger (Drum Corps & Indoor Percussion)

This will be Harry’s second season as both Battery Caption Head and Percussion Arranger.

Harry is an active educator in Southern California. He has taught at organizations such as Dark Sky Percussion, Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, Poway High School, Mt. Carmel High School, Chino High School, Westview High School, and Grossmont High School. His performance experience includes Alternative Percussion Ensemble (2005-2010) and Academy Drum and Bugle Corps (2008). In 2016, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music (B.M.) with a major in Film Scoring. While there, he studied drum set performance under Sergio Bellotti, Tony “Thunder” Smith, Henrique De Almeida, Bertram Lehmann, Neal Smith, and Larry Finn.

Harry has written for groups such as Ramona High School, Grossmont High School, Westview High School, Mayfair High School, Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Springs Valley High School, Ramona Riverside High School, Riverside King High School, Mission Hills High School, among other schools within the US.

Harry is currently a freelance composer in the greater Los Angeles area pursuing a career in film scoring.

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Brian Vicente
Snare Tech

This will be Brian’s first season as an instructor with the Watchmen Winterline.

Brian, From California, has been involved with percussion since he was child. He marched all 4 years in High School, and marched in the San Diego Alternative Percussion group alongside Harry Hutchins. He studied electronic production and design while attending Berklee College of Music. He has an active ear, with a pension for natural approaches to drumming. He has taught at San Pasqual High School, San Pedro Music School for Children, and countless private lessons.

He is currently the Program Technology Manager for a Marketing Agency in Hollywood, CA.

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Adam Kuns
Battery Tech

Adam has worked as a professional drummer and music educator for the past 15 years in Ventura and Los Angeles. He has a degree in Music Performance/Jazz Studies from California State University Northridge where he graduated in 2013 and is currently an Artist in Residence for Drumchannel.com. He has worked with groups such as Dark Sky Percussion, Gold Coast Independent, the Velvet Knights and the Watchmen. Previously he has worked with high school groups such as Oxnard High School, Rio Mesa High School, Royal High School and Lincoln Park High School.

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Connor Quill
Snare Tech

This is Connor’s first season teaching with Watchmen Indoor and he has taught with
Mission Hills High School(2015-2016).
He has marched in both Winter and Summer groups including, marching his age out
with Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps(2014-2017), is a founding member of
Watchmen Indoor(2015), and was a member with POW Percussion(2016-2017).  He currently resides in El Cajon.

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Colin Michael Broadwater
Tenor Tech

Colin lived in Riverside California since August of 2014, and have since marched 3 falls with the RCC Marching Tigers, one winter with Dark Sky Percussion, and two winters with RCC Indoor Percussion. From Valdosta, GA, where he graduated from Lowndes High School (the first high school to have signed with System Blue for Brass), and went on to march one summer with Atlanta CV. Colin was also a drummer with Sidle Entertainment, the organization responsible for the L.A. Clippers and Chicago Bulls drumlines, among numerous past and TBH clients. Colin currently a student studying choral and orchestral composition, and sings with the RCC’s renowned Chamber Singers. He also like long walks on the beach and large dogs.

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Kyle Banda
Bass Tech

Kyle began teaching at Watchmen as a bass tech in the summer of 2017. He has also taught at the high school he graduated from, Foothill High School.

As a bass drummer, Kyle has marched with both winter and summer groups including Blue Devils B (2012-2013), Blue Devils(2014-2016), Pulse Percussion(2016), and RCC(2017).

He currently is living in Riverside, CA and is working on getting a degree in computer science at the University of California, Riverside.

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Marcel Barragan
Front Ensemble Caption Head

This is Marcel’s first 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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Pierce Halliburton
Movement Specialist

Drill Designer, Visual Tech, and Choreographer

Pierce has taught at various schools around the Inland Empire including Apple Valley HS and Banning HS as a Percussion Caption Head and Granite Hills HS, Beaumont HS, Sitting Bull MS, and Apple Valley MS as a Quad Tech. He has also composed and arranged music for the schools he taught as well.

As a percussionist and a performer, Pierce has marched with Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps as well as Watchmen Indoor and Orange County Independent.

Outside of the marching activity, Pierce has also assists Crafton Hills College as one of the choreographers for their Stage/Dance Productions. He also works at the Disneyland Resort as an Entertainment Cast Member.

He currently resides in Riverside, Ca.

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Gregory Alvidrez
Front Ensemble Tech
This is Gregory’s first season on staff with the Watchmen.
 
After high school, Gregory performed with the Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Watchmen Indoor Percussion, RCC Marching Tigers, Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, and POW Percussion. He has also been a part of numerous RCC chamber ensembles.
 
His past teaching experience includes Grand Terrace HS, West Covina HS, and Corona HS.
 
Gregory currently resides in Pomona, CA and is studying Percussion Performance at RCC under Jason Goodman and Steven Schmidt. He has also had the pleasure to study under Brian Dinkel, Ken McGrath, Christina Billone, Luke Helker, Rich Klimowicz, and Lindsey Hartfelder.

Color Guard Staff

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Maritza Ramirez
Color Guard Caption Head

Maritza Ramirez comes to us from Southern California where she has been a part of the color guard community since 2005 having 12 years of performance experience.

She has performed at the middle school, high school, and college level. With groups like Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, RCC Marching Band, RCC All-stars Band and the world famous winter guard Fantasia. Maritza’s teaching credits include Palm Middle School, Lakeside Middle School, Canyon Springs High School, Patriot High School and Rancho Verde High School.

She has also gone on to study at the University of California, Riverside where she has received her undergraduate degree and is currently using that degree to work in the Moreno Valley Unified School District and the Val Verde Unified School District. This will be Maritza’s first year with the Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

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Sami Strebe
Color Guard Technician

Samantha is from Northern California, she moved to Southern California to go to school at RCC and be in the RCC Marching Band. She has been involved in of the world of color guard pageantry since 2006. Before color guard Samantha studied ballet from a young age, and for 6 years was a member of the Crocket Dean Dance Company, Sacramento Ca.

Samantha’s performance credits include such groups as Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, RCC Marching Band, RCC All-stars Band and Fantasia Winter Guard. Samantha’s teaching credits include: RCC Marching Band Color Guard Captain, Grand Terrace High School, Banning High School, and West Valley High School.

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Crystal Lissette Ortiz
Color Guard Technician

Crystal Lissette Ortiz is a Southern California native having 7 years of color guard experience. She marched four years with the Riverside Kingsmen followed by three years of teaching.

She is currently the captain head at Orange Vista High School and March Middle School. In addition to teaching Crystal is pursuing a career in marriage and family counseling. She is studying for her undergraduate degree at the University of California Riverside.


Visual Staff

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Brian Shay
Drill Designer

Brian Shay is an accomplished veteran designer who has staged hundreds of shows for the international marching arts competitive community. His custom show designs have helped performance ensembles earn many division titles and visual caption awards at the regional level and in the WGI, DCI, BOA arenas. Brian was the drill writer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets drum & bugle corps for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Brian joined the visual design team for The Watchmen in 2016.

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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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James Gearhart
Visual Technician

James Gearhart has been involved with the marching arts since 2003, starting with his first parade with Canyon Lake Middle School, and going all the way to one of his most accomplished performances with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. James attended Temescal Canyon High School from 2007-2011, and started teaching at TCHS the year following his graduation. He has been there ever since. Following his high school career was his drum corps career, performing with Pacific Crest in 2009 and 2011, and the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2012. In 2013, James joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve, and is still doing so. in 2014 James did his first season with the Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps as a visual tech, and then again in 2016 as a visual & brass tech.Currently James is still teaching at TCHS, the Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and studying Music Education in college on the Euphonium.

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Michael Nash
Tour Manager, Marketing Manager, Member at Large, Visual Staff

Michael has a long history in the marching arts, starting back in 1973 as a member of the Chevaliers of Waterloo, Iowa which later became the Royal Chevaliers in 1975. In 1976, Michael moved on to march with the Osage Precisionaires of Osage, Iowa. Michael moved to the west coast and found a home with the South San Francisco Conquistadors, marching with them in the 1979 and 1980 seasons.

After a long hiatus from the activity, he resumed his marching career with the San Francisco Renegades Senior Corps in 1998 and performed for three years with them. In 2002, he was part of the management team that started the all age SoCal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael served in many roles for several years for this successful organization, including President of the Board, Corps Director, Visual Tech, Tour Manager, and a member of the hornline.

Michael has taught all levels of drum corps and high schools. He served as a visual tech for the St. Paul Scouts (1979), Logan High School (1984-85), Impulse (2000-2001), SoCal Dream (2005-2006), Renegades (1998) Gabrielino High School (2006-2007), Norco High School (2010-2011), and Los Amigos High School (2014). He currently serves as the Visual Caption Head for the highly successful Dynasty Marching Band of Ramona High School in Riverside, CA.

Michael resides in Huntington Beach, CA with his wife of 35 years and has a great career in the automobile industry.

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John Cross
Visual Technician

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 the last 6 years.

He is planning to move to Riverside and this last year worked with Ramona High School & Martin Luther King High School. John started his drum corps experience with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle corps back 1980 – 1982, he then joined the Impulse Drum and Bugle staff in 1997 – 2002 and then was elected to the Board of Directors for a couple of years.

Wanting to still perform he has performed with the San Francisco Renegade Senior Drum and Bugle corps for the last couple years and is also on the Board of Directors. John is excited to work this year with the Watchmen group after seeing their performances last year, it is going to be a great year. John is currently living in North Tustin, CA.

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Pat Bocker
Visual Technician

I began marching in Drum Corps in 1978 with Cadets of Greece from Rochester, NY. I marched with them through 1981. In 1982 Cadets of Greece split up, half the corps members going to Fusion (junior corps) and Rochester Lockport Renegades (also junior corps) I chose to follow Vince Bruni and joined the Renegades After the DCI season of 1982, I entered the United States Marine Corps and was a mellophone player with the Drum and Bugle Corps in 29 Palms, CA. 1985 was my age-out year so I took 30 days leave from the Marine Corps and flew back to New York and joined the A-class Northmen from Rochester, NY playing soprano. It was a great age out year as we placed top 5 in A-class at Madison, WI.

This was my last year marching drum corps for 24 years as no all age corps was close to me
in Southern CA. In 2009 all that changed. So Cal Dream changed their location to about 5 minutes from my home. I joined Dream I marched 2009 & 2010 with Dream. In 2011 I fulfilled my personal dream and marched Empire Statesmen. This was going to be a one year and done since I was commuting from CA. 2012 and went back to Dream. Once our season completed, I began the weekly commute to Rochester and filled a baritone hole for the Statesmen. 2013 was the 30th anniversary and final year for Empire Statesmen, so I once marched with Statesmen. In 2014 Dream went inactive so I marched Fusion Core. I remained with Fusion 2014-2016. I retired after the 2016 season, but early August of 2017,  I was contacted by a member of Kidsgrove Scouts from the United Kingdom, saying they lost a trumpet player due to injury.  I contacted their corps director and once again found myself on the football field learning drill 3 days before the Reading, PA show. I finished out the season with Kidsgrove competing at DCA Championships, DCUK championships and Drum Corps Europe championships. 2017 I also decided it was my chance to give back to drum corps after all those years. I began to instruct at Watchmen. I continue to teach them this year as well. As 2017 ends, the 2018 drum corps season begins, and I too begin a new phase in my drum corps career.  At the annual meeting for Drum Corps Associates I was elected as Vice President of DCA. I look forward to 2018 working the administrative side of the organization and teaching at the DCI level.