Board of Directors

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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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Charles Gray

Vice President \ Community Developement

Retired band director Charles J. Gray was the Director of Bands at Rubidoux High School in Rubidoux, California from 1985 – 2003 and Riverside King High School in Riverside, California from 2003 – 2018. During his 33 years of teaching groups under his direction have had an unprecedented record of accomplishments! He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a California Teacher’s Credential, from California State University, Fullerton.

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Diana Guerrero

Treasurer / Food Coordinator

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Shavon Koons

Volunteer Coordinator/Member at Large

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Michael Nash

Tour Manager, Visual Consultant

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.

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Bill Rawlings

Governance Committee Chair

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.

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Karen Thompson

President

My name is Karen Thompson and I currently serve on the Watchmen Arts Association Board of Director as President. 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.

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Jim White

Secretary – Marketing Manager


Director

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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.

Assistant Director

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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.