The Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Riverside, California.
Founding director Raymond Moreno and a group of high school band directors from the Riverside-Ontario area of suburban Los Angeles started the Watchmen Brass and Percussion Ensemble in the Spring of 2013 to compete as a team in Drum Corps International's (DCI) new SoundSport activity..The 50 member team performed in exhibitions at several DCI contests. Following that initial positive experience, the decision was made to expand to become the Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps and to apply to enter Open Class competition. After an evaluation of the corps' resources, staff, and plans by DCI staff, it was announced that the Watchmen were one of seven corps approved to enter or return tor competition during the 2014
With a goal of providing a stable, affordable maching experience to local youth, Watchmen has marched short, mostly local seasons. In 2014, they competed in three Southern California contests on one weekend, then in two more SoCal shows two weekends later. The corps placed seventh of nine California corps in its final show, the So Cal Classic Open Class Championship. 2015 was similar, with a two week break between the two weekends of competition and moving up to fifth at the SoCal Championship show.
In 2016, the schedule expanded to nine contests on three consecutive weekends, all in Southern California, except for one shot trip up to Bakersfield and another trip across the state line to Mesa, Arizona. Again, Watchmen was fifth at the SoCal Championship show. 2017 was much like 2016.
In 2018, the Watchmen's schedule will extend to ten shows on three weekends, with a week's break after the first four-show weekend. The corps will travel not only to Arizona, but to two Open Class contests in Utah and Colorado,
[Watchmen Arts Association; Drum Corps International]