Watchmen welcomes Exodus Ensemble Winter Guard to the family

Watchmen Arts Association is proud to announce the newest member of the Watchmen family for the 2020 performance season: Exodus Ensemble Winter Guard. Led by the creative talents of Alex Vasquez and Randy Badillo, Exodus Ensemble will compete as an Independent A color guard.

Exodus Ensemble will offer quality instruction, encouraging individuality and diversity while maintaining a professional competitive spirit. Exodus Ensemble is located in Rosemont, California. The group will be performing locally in the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC) and will also compete in Winter Guard International (WGI), traveling to Dayton, Ohio.

Alex and Randy offer over 15 years of color guard experience. Both have instructed several excellent color guard programs in Southern California. Following Exodus Ensemble’s winter guard 2020 production, Alex Vasquez and Randy Badillo will be joining the Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2020 summer season as color guard instructional staff.

Exodus Ensemble Winter Guard will join Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps under the 501c(3) nonprofit parent organization Watchmen Arts Association.

Color Guard Staff

Photo of Jacob Hurtado

Jacob Hurtado

Color Guard – Technician


Jacob Hurtado has been part of the pageantry arts for over 10 years As a performer, choreographer, and technician. 

It all started back when he marched his high school program’s color guard at South gate high school in South Gate, CA. Color guard captain for three years and helped choreograph in his junior year.  After graduating high school he refined his skills marching Genesis Ensemble an independent a class winter guard from Baldwin Park, California. Under the directors of Genesis Ensemble he performed for 4 years and for his fifth year he was invited to be a technician for movement and weapon.

Aside from color guard Jacob has spend significant time taking class in dance studios. He attended East Los Angeles College and grew a passion for dance. There he was able to work on his technique in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Refining his skills he was able to audition and be part of the let’s dance company at East Los Angeles College for three years. The LDC performed for local community events, college performances, and participated in master classes from educators from different universities and dance companies such as Diavlo. 

Jacob has had the pleasure to have choreographed with many groups throughout his career such as South gate high school, Bell Gardens high school, Lynwood high school, and Genesis ensemble. He is currently working with Gabrielino high school and Garfield high school.