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Michael Nash

Visual Technician


Michael Nash 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.

After a long hiatus from the activity, he resumed his marching career with the San Francisco Renegades Senior Corps in 1998 and performed for three years with them. In 2002, he was part of the management team that started the all age SoCal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael served in many roles for several years for this successful organization, including President of the Board, Corps Director, Visual Tech, Tour Manager, and a member of the hornline.

Michael has taught all levels of drum corps and high schools. He served as a visual tech for the St. Paul Scouts (1979), Logan High School (1984-85), Impulse (2000-2001), SoCal Dream (2005-2006), Renegades (1998) Gabrielino High School (2006-2007), Norco High School (2010-2011), and Los Amigos High School (2014). He currently serves as the Visual Caption Head for the highly successful Dynasty Marching Band of Ramona High School in Riverside, CA.


Michael resides in Huntington Beach, CA with his wife of 32 years and has a great career in the automobile industry.


John Cross

Visual Technician


Since 1994, John Cross has been a marching and visual instructor for marching bands across Southern California. He began with the award-winning programs at Helix High School and Rancho Buena Vista High School in San Diego County. He moved to Orange County and began a long association with El Dorado High School and Mission Viejo High School. In the 2015 season, John worked with the Ramona High School Dynasty Marching Band.


John brings to the Watchmen a solid background in drum corps as a performer, instructor and board director. He started his drum corps experience with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, performing with the corps from 1980 to 1982. He joined the Impulse Drum and Bugle visual staff in 1997 and spent six seasons with the corps. He also served for two years on the Impulse Youth Arts Organization board. Never losing his desire to perform, John joined the award-winning San Francisco Renegades Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, and is currently serving on their board of directors.


John currently resides in North Tustin, CA, with plans in the very near future to move to Riverside. He is extremely excited to be on staff and to help guide the Watchmen to performance excellence.

James Gearheart

Brass and Visual Technician


James has been playing Brass instruments for 11 years. Starting with the trumpet, and then beginning to learn the Euphonium, and other low brass instruments in his early years of high school. Throughout high school, he was involved in multiple wind ensembles including his school's program, multiple honor bands, and the school Marching band. In 2009 and 2011 he marched with the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, and in 2012 he marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard as a euphonium player.


Following his 2012 marching season with the Santa Clara Vanguard, James decided it was time to start working on his future career and joined the United States Marine Corps. James is now currently with 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA as a reserve Marine. While he serves in the Marine Reserves, he focuses his time on teaching at his Alma Mater high school as a music and marching tech, teaching at the Watchmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and going to school full-time.


While James has concluded the performing part of his life, he deems it extremely important to help students and future members achieve the most out of their experience possible, and hopes everybody who participates in the activity enjoys it as much as he did.


David Becker, Executive Director


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