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2018 Coming Soon
Introducing Our 2017 Drum Majors & Conductors
Three outstanding candidates selected after an intense three months of audition process. The Watchmen would like to welcome to the podium our 2017 drum majors and conductors that were selected at our March audition weekend.
Returning Drum Major for his second season, Kolton is 17 years old. This is his second year with Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps as the head drum major. He currently is a senior at Charter Oak High School where he is also the head drum major. His primary instrument is the saxophone which he has been playing for 8 years but he also has participated in his high school's winter percussion ensemble.
Starting on the flute at age 11, Melanie Barnett has a wide range of experience in various sections of musical ensembles. Her repertoire includes the tenor saxophone, viola, double bass, percussion, marching bass drum, and color guard. Melanie’s drum major experience began her sophomore year in high school as an assistant, and was promoted to head drum major both her junior and senior year.
After graduating from high school, Melanie began teaching there as a marching tech and continues to do so, as well as the founding of the drum major program. Melanie has two years of experience with DMSC, where her students have received several 1st place in the conducting category. She currently attends Long Beach City College with a major in music education as a flute principal, and plans to become a high school band director.
Mitchell James Sampang
Mitchell James Sampang is a senior majoring in Music education and Music Technology at Mt. San Antonio College. He is a member of The Westminster Chorus, and was a member of Chino High School 77th Cavalry Winter Percussion 2011 and 2012. Fermata Nowhere, and Concert Choir.
He has worked as a Cymbal Tech for Chino High School Winter Percussion 2016 and 2017 seasons and and Riverside King Fall 2016. He eventually plans to apply and transfer to Cal State Fullerton, which he will pursue music education and music software design.
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