We are excited to announce the addition of Mario and Brandi Ramirez from Diamanté Winter Guard, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and Ayala HS to the 2020 Malachi Independent World design team. We are looking forward to working with such gifted and successful individuals and seeing what they bring to the Malachi family.
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri and now a resident of Chino Hills, California, Mario has a true passion for the performing arts. While still in high school, he began his instructional career as a choreographer for multiple groups in Southern California. Soon after, his passion for creating led him to direct, design, choreograph, and consult for groups in California, Texas, and Indiana. In 2006, he founded Diamante Winterguard. In 2008, Diamante won the WGI Independent Open Class silver medal. They have since been a seven-time Independent World Class finalist. In 2016, Diamante had two competitive units and placed seventh in both the Independent World and Independent Open classifications. In 2019 Diamante earned a bronze medal in World Class. Mario is currently the director, choreographer, and a designer for Diamante World, and Ayala high school Scholastic World.
Mario received a major in apparel manufacturing and fashion design from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.) In 2002, he founded M.Ra Couture, a costuming company that currently creates and designs costumes for numerous color guards, drum lines, dance teams, and marching bands across the country, including WGI World Class percussion champions Ayala HS, WGI Scholastic World Guard James Logan HS, and WGI Independent finalist Diamante World and Open.
Drum Corps credits include: Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2004 Division II Finalist), Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005 and 2008, Impulse (2006 DCI Division III gold medalist, as well as the high auxiliary winner), and Gold Drum and Bugle Corps as a designer and color guard caption head from 2011-2013. And is currently the Artistic Director, Color guard Caption, Designer, and choreographer for Mandarins drum and bugle corps.
Performance credits include: Nogales High School percussion and color guard, Mt. Sac Dance Program, Solution Performance Ensemble, Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest World Guard, Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps, RCC Marching Tigers, Fantasia Winterguard, and Diamante Winterguard.
Mario is very active in the pageantry community. He currently holds a seat in both the WGI and WGASC Color Guard Advisory Boards. To further share his creativity and passion he does Design Clinician commentary for WGASC. He currently instructs, designs, choreographs, and consults for multiple programs in California and Texas as a Color Guard Caption Head and Creative Director for Paramount HS, Color Guard Caption Head and Creative Director for Ayala HS, Designer and Choreographer for WGI gold medalist Stockdale HS, and the Creative Director, Designer, Color Guard Caption Head and Choreographer for the 2019 Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps.
Originally from Anaheim, California and now a resident of Chino Hills, California, Brandi started her love for the activity at Ball Junior High School. Brandi is an alumni of the award-winning Loara High School Color Guard, where she was a guard member and a captain. After graduating, Brandi was hired as the guard technician and got her first color guard into WGI Finals. Brandi has worked with many programs such as Hart High School, Fountain Valley High School, Norco High School, Rancho Santa Margarita High School, Stockdale High School, Ayala High School and Diamante Independent Open and World. Brandi is not only a Lead technician but also a designer and one of the biggest reasons for the success of these programs. Brandi is also one of the design consultants for Mandarins Drum and Bugle corps and the lead technician for the Colorguard.
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