Mario originally from Kansas City Missouri and now a resident of Chino hills, California 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 directing groups in Southern California as well as designing, choreographing, and consulting for groups in Texas, Indiana, and Northern California. In 2006, he founded Diamante Winterguard. In 2008, Diamante won the WGI Independent Open Class silver medal. They have since been an Eight-time Independent World Class finalist, and the bronze medalist in 2019. Mario is currently the director, choreographer, and 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 Ayala HS Percussion, Ayala HS winterguard, James Logan HS winterguard, Diamante, Mandarins colorguard, Mandarins Drum Coro and many more.
Drum Corp 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, Colorguard 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, Creative Director, Designer, Color Guard Caption Head and Choreographer for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and Director, Designer and choreographer for Diamante World.
World Team Staff
Brandi Ramirez, originally from Anaheim, California and now a resident of Chino Hills, California 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 the Lead technician to all of this programs but also a designer and one of the biggest reasons for the success of Stockdale High School, Diamante World, and Ayala High School.
Brandi has been with Diamante since 2007 as a Member, Captain, Staff, Director, Designer, and Consultant. Brandi is also a designer and consultants for Mandarins drum and bugle corps as well as the lead technician for the Colorguard.
Mario and Brandi Ramirez are super excited for the opportunity to work together with the fantastic Malachi World Guard cast and staff for the 2020 season.
World Team Staff
Victor Reyes is an alumni of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle WA where he studied dance. He was also lucky enough to be accepted to and attend the Summer Program at the Ailey School in NYC. His color guard experience includes marching with the Blue Devils, Northern Lights, and Full Circle. Victor has worked with many teams with various skill levels and enjoys creating with all the wonderful artist in the winter guard activity.