Riverside, CA – Watchmen are pleased to announce the Brass Staff team for the 2018 season.

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 Staff

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.