Visual Caption Head
Israel has been with the Temescal Canyon High School marching band as the visual caption head since the fall of 2007. He has worked as a marching tech with the Vista Murrieta Golden Alliance in 2005.
He marched contra with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2005, euphonium with RCC Marching Tigers from 02-04, and tuba with the Santa Ana Winds Youth Marching Band.
This is Steve’s 4th year working with The Watchmen. He marched with The Sound Machine of the Inland Empire Youth Band from 1995 to 1998 and aged out in 2000 with Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps playing euphonium. He also marched 4 years with The Sound Machine of The Inland Empire Youth Band from 1995 to 1998 as a clarinet player. He looks to offer enthusiasm, passion and knowledge to members in order to grow as a performer and as a person. Steve is looking forward to an exciting and challenging season with The Watchmen.
John Cross has teaching marching and visual instruction in Southern California since 1994. Starting out with the Grossmont School District at Helix High School and then with Rancho Buena Vista High School. He moved to Orange County was started working with El Dorado High School and then with Mission Viejo High School for the last 6 years.
He is planning to move to Riverside and this last year worked with Ramona High School & Martin Luther King High School. John started his drum corps experience with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle corps back 1980 – 1982, he then joined the Impulse Drum and Bugle staff in 1997 – 2002 and then was elected to the Board of Directors for a couple of years.
Wanting to still perform he has performed with the San Francisco Renegade Senior Drum and Bugle corps for the last couple years and is also on the Board of Directors. John is excited to work this year with the Watchmen group after seeing their performances last year, it is going to be a great year. John is currently living in North Tustin, CA.
Brian Shay is an accomplished veteran designer who has staged hundreds of shows for the international marching arts competitive community. His custom show designs have helped performance ensembles earn many division titles and visual caption awards at the regional level and in the WGI, DCI, BOA arenas. Brian was the drill writer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets drum & bugle corps for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Brian joined the visual design team for The Watchmen in 2016.
Michael 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.
Troy has 17 years of brass and percussion instructing, arranging and technician experience for Riverside King HS, Rubidoux HS , Patriot HS, Yorba Linda HS, El Monte HS. He also has experience in the drum and bugle corps arena as a Visual Caption Head for Velvet Knights , Watchmen and brass staff with Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps. Troy performed in the Pasadena Rose Parade Honor Band and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps.
Troy also has many years of youth development program and supervision experiences with various well-known organizations throughout Southern California. With these professional skills, Troy has proven to be a highly qualified educator in the music/performing arena.
Sare is a low brass musician who plays trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, and trumpet. She was the Horn sergeant for the Velvet Knights in 2007 and 2008 and also marched Baritone in Impulse 2005, Revolution 2006, and RCC in 2007. She played trombone with the shoreline symphonic winds along with other musical groups such as Kingston a Go Go and Save the Swim Team, performing in venues such as House of Blues Hollywood and Anaheim.