Visual Staff

Joseph Hayes

Visual Caption Head

Joseph is a San Diego native who has been teaching the marching arts in Southern California since 2008, ranging from divisions 1A-6A. He has helped many schools achieve success in the marching activity.

Joseph is currently the Visual Caption Head at Chula Vista and Mira Mesa High School. Aside from the schools he currently works with, he also enjoys being a consultant for many programs needing assistance with any and all aspects of the activity. His drum corps performance experience includes The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011.

During his rare moments of free time, Joseph loves to cook and enjoys spending time with his partner and their 2 black cats and corgi. This is Joseph's ninth year with The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and he is incredibly excited for what the future holds for the Visual program.

Ryan Lee

Visual Technician

Ryan is an active marching arts instructor, choreographer, clinician, adjudicator and visual designer, having worked with more than thirty programs across several states at the middle school, high school, collegiate and independent levels. His approach pulls from a wide range of experiences, which includes studying dance & performance with local studios/musical theatre companies, marching with the Mandarins (trumpet, baritone, euphonium) and judging throughout the country.

Ryan was featured in Halftime Magazine, a past guest on the Marching Roundtable Podcast and writes drill for a growing number of programs. Ryan is grateful to work with, and continue learning from, some of the brightest educators/designers/judges in DCI, WGI & BOA.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys performing as a freelance percussionist with symphony orchestras, attending dance workshops and grabbing coffee.

Brendalyn Knight

Visual Technician

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Brendalyn has been involved in the performing arts for her entire life. She began competitively dancing at the age of three up until her high school graduation in 2017, yet has continued training ever since.

Brendalyn then began teaching different styles and ages at several dance studios starting in 2018, and is versatile between nearly every style.

Her marching career began in 2013 at Mira Mesa High School as she later returned to teach on their visual staff in 2018, and is still teaching there currently. The 2021 season was her first time on Mandarins' visual staff, and she is delighted to be back for a second year to grind.

Aside from the arts, Brendalyn is attending San Diego State University as a Kinesiology Fitness Specialist major, and works Behavior Technician. Brendalyn loves to spend her free time playing with her dog, Chester.

Robert Boucher

Visual Technician

Robert (Bobby) Boucher is a visual and dance choreographer from Jacksonville, Florida and has spent over a decade in the marching arts as a performer, teacher, and designer.

Robert was first introduced to the marching arts at Fletcher High School and went on to march two seasons in both Spirit of Atlanta and The Blue Devils. He has spent time with a number of schools across the United States, including Ponte Vedra High School, Fletcher High School, and the Blue Valley Southwest High School. He started his journey with the Mandarins in 2019, making this his fourth year with the corps visual staff.

When he is not teaching, Robert loves playing golf, surfing, and spending time with friends and family at the beach.

Justin Mons

Visual Technician

Justin Mons is returning to the Mandarins visual staff for his 10th year. He has taught, adjudicated, and designed In Arizona, Texas, California, and Minnesota over the past 14 years. In his free time he loves to cycle, run, and watch movies.

Kevin Harrell

Visual Technician

Kevin Harrell has been an active instructor, consultant, and designer for marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles in the San Diego area since 2004. He has served on the instructional staff at Eastlake High School, Mt. Carmel High School, Alternative Percussion, and was the visual designer for Rancho Bernardo High School’s indoor percussion ensemble. Additionally, he has served as Visual Caption Head at Rancho Bernardo and Mira Mesa High School, and is currently the drill designer and part of the instructional staff at Mira Mesa. During his time with these organizations, he has helped them achieve various medals and accolades in their competitive circuits and organizations.

This is Kevin’s fourth year on the visual staff for the Mandarins and for the visual team he specializes in technique training, benchmarking, and analytics. Kevin works full time for an insurance company. He is a San Diego native and resides there with his wife, two daughters, and son.

Chris Huebschle

Visual Technician

Chris Huebschle has been a visual instructor at the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, as well as 2012 to the present. He spent his drum corps marching career with the Blue Devils, starting in the C corps and ascending through the A corps between 1995 and 2007.

Chris has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with a Minor in Dance from CSU Fresno. He is currently a band director for the Lemoore Union Elementary School District, where he teaches 4th grade general music, and 5th through 8th grade band and choir between four elementary schools and a middle school. He is also the Visual Caption Head for the Lemoore High School marching band, where he has been teaching since 2005.

Alex Wallace

Visual Technician

Alex Wallace was born in San Diego and currently lives in Sacramento. Alex’s marching experience began with Chula Vista high school from 2010-2014. His DCI career started with Gold Dum and Bugle Corps 2012-2013, The Academy 2014, and Mandarins 2015-2017 where he served as Mellophone Section leader, and co-horn Sergeant for his ageout year.

Alex has been involved with multiple schools in the San Diego area since 2014, including both Mira Mesa High School and Chula Vista High.

Now living in Sacramento, Alex currently teaches at both Elk Grove high School, and the Sacramento State Marching Band. This will be Alex’s fourth year on staff with The Mandarins.

Amanda Lopes

Visual Technician

Amanda is a recent graduate of California State University, Sacramento where she earned a Bachelors in Music Education. She is currently earning her teaching credential at CSU Sacramento and plans to return next year to pursue a Masters in Music with emphasis in conducting.

From 2017-2021, Amanda marched trumpet in the Mandarins, serving as a Section Leader in 2019 and as the Horn Sergeant in 2020 and 2021. She has also taught at the Mandarins Fall Brass Academy, was the Director of the 2021 Mandarins Summer Leadership Camp, and taught after-school elementary band through the Mandarins Music Academy for 4 years.

In addition to her musical training, Amanda was also a dancer for 15 years. She was a member of the Leighton Dance Project Tap Company and continued her involvement in dance by teaching tap for 3 years after graduating.

Amanda is excited to start teaching the drum corps and continue her involvement with the Mandarins organization!

Nicole Davis

Visual Technician

Nicole Davis is an active high school band director, drill designer, and movement clinician in Houston, TX. She received her undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University in 2019.

Nicole began her brass playing career in 2013 with Music City out of Nashville, TN. She then continued her performance career with Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights, and the Bluecoats. In addition to DCI, she spent two winter seasons at Rhythm X as a dancer in 2017 and 2018 before returning as an instructor in 2019.

Nicole has taught on the Mandarins visual team under the leadership of Joseph Hayes since 2018. Outside of teaching, she spends her time traveling, running, reading, taking dance classes, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.

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