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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Kendall Crawford
Board of Directors President

Mr. Crawford has been a fan of the marching arts from his very first experience in junior high school. Since that time, he has been a musician, instructor, designer, adjudicator, and assistant director for Impulse drum and bugle corps. Assisting the corps to their open class championship in 2006 was a pleasure and highlight. He also continues to instruct students at the high school and college level. Most notably, the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers. Mr. Crawford continues to assist the Chino High School 77th Calvary Marching band, where he has been on staff for many years.

When asked to join Watchmen, Mr. Crawford envisioned an opportunity to bring drum corps to a community that could rally around an organization dedicated to it’s youth. Kendall had a similar experience with the Sound Machine youth band of the Inland Empire Under the guidance of Mr. David Schaafsma and Ron Barbee among others. With the Sound Machine, it was his honor to serve as the bands drum major for 4 year. Through that experience, he garnered many skills he uses still as an instructor for many school programs throughout the state.

Pass programs included: Alta Loma High School, Aliso Niguel High School, Ayala High School, Chino High School, Glendora High School, Upland High School, West High School (Bakersfield), Woodbridge High School (Irvine)

It is his hope that the Watchmen youth organization will fill a space in the region for those who seek to perform at their highest level and find within themselves what they never thought possible before.

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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
Visual Technician & Tour Manager

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 32 years and has a great career in the automobile industry.

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Michelle VanLul
Board of Directors

She has been involved in band most of her life in one way or another. Starting in Colorguard in High School then having the great pleasure of going on to march in RCC Colorguard for 2 years, where she met her husband who was a drummer for RCC as well. Now happily married 20+ years, raising 2 band geeks of their own with a son on snare the last two years with Watchmen and this year playing bass, and daughter on trumpet for her third year with Watchmen.

It is through her family’s passion for the world of Drum Corps, and being an involved booster mom for Band, Winter Drumline and Drum Corps that she joins the board of Watchmen. Professionally she is a Pastoral Secretary to two Pastors, bringing all her skills and experience serving in ministries, to serve the amazing “Watchie” kids and organization.

“I have had the blessing of seeing Watchmen grow over the past two years and am blown away at how far we have come in such a short time! It is such a joy to be a part of a group that is a tight-knit family, supportive, and encouraging. I love seeing all my Watchies coming to love one another inside and outside this group, and I can’t wait to see how far we go this year! Once a Watchie…. Always a Watchie!!! Let’s do this!”


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 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 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 first 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.

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Michael Khuraibet
High & Mid Brass Technician

Michael has been playing trumpet for over 11 years. Michael attended Coronado High School in Henderson, Nevada, where he was the principal trumpet in both the wind symphony and orchestra. His senior year, Michael was selected as part of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, where he was the trumpet soloist. Shortly after, Michael participated with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming, where he marched for the summers of 2013 and 2014. After completing those summers, Michael was a member of the 2015 Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps from Concord, California, winning their 17th DCI World Championship with their program, “Ink.”

Outside of drum corps, Michael currently attends Rio Hondo College, where he majors in political science. Michael has also served on staff for various award-winning marching bands in both California and Nevada (including his alma mater). Most recently, he served as a visual staff member for the Ramona High School Dynasty from Riverside, California.

Michael is excited to return to the Watchmen for a second season, and hopes to build upon the success the corps had in 2016.


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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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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Rebecca Pasillas
Front Ensemble Caption Head

This is Rebecca’s first season with Watchmen indoor percussion concluding her first season as Caption Head for the 2017 summer season.

Her past experience includes Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Ramona High School, Oak Hills High School, and Nogales High School. She graduated from Patriot High School being involved with the marching band program all 4 years.

After high school she would perform with the RCC Marching Tigers for the ‘13, ‘14 and ‘15 seasons being section leader her final season. She was a founding member for Watchmen Soundsport in 2013 and became section leader for the 2014 Drum Corps season. As an indoor performer she has performed with Dark Sky Percussion for the ‘14 and ‘15 season and spent her age out with Pow Percussion in 2016.

Rebecca currently resides in Buena Park with a Professional Makeup Artist certificate.


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
Visual Technician & Tour Manager

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 32 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

Pat started her drum corps career in 1978, joining the Cadets of Greece Drum and Bugle Corps in upstate New York. She continued to march even after entering the Marine Corps in 1982, as she was part of the USMC Drum and Bugle Corps in 29 Palms, CA.

Twenty fIve years after aging our of junior corps, Pat found a home with SoCal Dream all age corps and from 2009 until 2016 marched with SoCal Dream, Empire Statesmen and Fusion Core. After the 2016 season Pat looked to shift gears and wanted to give back to junior corps where she got her start, so she now teaches with Watchmen.

Pat looks forward to working with this corps for many years watching each member grow and develop with their marching, and their love for this activity.