2020 Watchmen Educational Staff


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Ryan H Turner

Program Coordinator / Drill Designer


Ryan H. Turner brings a rich history in the marching activity that covers over 40 years of
experience as a performer, designer, instructor, administrator, and adjudicator. He finds
himself in constant demand across the country to bring his special blend of motivation,
positivity and humor to all that he does in the activity.
Ryan graduated from Pasadena High School in 1984 after a successful high school music career, performing on trombone, euphonium, and tuba, and serving as drum major and marching instructor for the marching band. He moved on to Pasadena City College, where he served two years as the drum major for the PCC Lancer Marching Band as well as the world-renowned Official Tournament of Roses Honor Band. During those same years, Ryan began his three-year stint with the very popular Drum Corps International World Class Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Anaheim, California, which include serving as their drum major for two years. During this same period, he started to teach all over southern California as a marching instructor and brass clinician for some of the region’s top marching band programs.
Ryan’s love of drill design is evidenced in the over 300 shows he has designed since
1984 for high school and collegiate marching bands, drum and bugle corps, winter
guards, and indoor drum lines across the country, garnering awards and praise in
multiple judging circuits. He has instructed and designed as well for both DCI and DCA
corps, including the Watchmen, Velvet Knights, Anaheim Kingsmen, Pacific Crest, Impulse, Capital Sound, City Sound and So Cal Dream All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps. He
is a nationally recognized adjudicator in the marching band, winter guard, and indoor
drumline activities. In 2010, he launched his Dynamics of Leadership and Dynamics of
High Performance workshops which are gaining in popularity as he brings to marching
arts students across the country superior leadership and high-performance coaching and
While Ryan’s love is in the marching and pageantry arts, he also serves in a very
rewarding career in public safety and has been recognized for contributions in the public
safety emergency communications and management industry during his 30-year career.
He is currently the Senior Fire Communications Supervisor of Education and Training for
the fourth largest fire department in California, the Orange County Fire Authority, in
Irvine, California. He assists in managing a workforce of 30 full-time 911 dispatchers and
supervisors in a state-of-the-art Emergency Command Center. He resides in Brea,
California, with his wife and three children and the laziest Wheaton Terrier known to
mankind, Tucker.

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