Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps

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Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps
Watchmen logo.png
LocationRiverside, California
DivisionOpen Class
DirectorDavid Becker

The Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Riverside, California, the Watchmen perform in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Watchmen Brass and Percussion Ensemble was founded in April 2013 as a SoundSport team by founding director Raymond Moreno and several high school band directors from the Riverside/Ontario area. During the summer, the 50 member unit performed in exhibition at several DCI shows in Southern California.[2][3]

Following its first season, the organization made the transformation into the Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Following a period of evaluation of the corps' resources, staff, and plans, DCI announced on May 21, 2014, that the Watchmen were one of seven new or re-emerging corps approved for competition during the 2014 summer season.[4]

In keeping to their stated mission of providing local youth a stable and affordable marching experience, the 2014 performance schedule was limited to only five Southern California contests and a few other local appearances over five weekends in June and July.

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

The Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by the Watchmen Arts Association, a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) musical organization which has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The corps director is David Becker. The corps has associated with the Boy Scouts Explorers For Life Program and is supported by the Jurupa Unified School District, using Patriot High School's facilities for practice space.[3]

Show summary (2013–2021)[edit | edit source]


Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score DCI Placement
2013 Fire Away Fire Away by Raymond Moreno
2014 Lost Souls Music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers / Music of Leonard Cohen / Music of Michael Jackson Did not attend
2015 Passion & Perseverance Original composition Did not attend
2016 Goliath Original composition by Paul Rendon Did not attend
2017 To Valhalla Original composition by Harry Hutchins and Paul Rendon and Did not attend
2018 Altered Original composition by Harry Hutchins and Paul Rendon (Brass) Did not attend
2019 Gods of the Nile Original composition by Brandon Johnson, Marcel Barragan and Paul Rendon
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Opted out of competition for the season

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. "Watchmen Arts Association - Riverside, California - Education | Facebook". Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "About the Watchmen". Watchmen Arts. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  4. "Influx of Open Class corps approved to participate in 2014 DCI Tour". Drum Corps International. May 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  5. "Watchmen". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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