Color Guard

Manuel Ruiz
Color Guard Caption Manager/Choreographer READ BIO

Richard Pantoja

Javante Washington

Damian Ramos

Cristyn Boyd



Color Guard Caption Manager/Choreographer

Manny has been involved with the Colorguard activity since 1999 when he switched from performing with the Bloomington High School marching band to performing with the winterguard. 


After high school, performance experiences with various marching band (RCC Marching Tigers), drum corps (Glassmen) and winterguards (Solution, Corona, Diamante) sparked a passion to continue in the activity as an instructor and choreographer. 


In recent years he has worked with programs such as Ayala HS, Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, Mandarins, Black Crown, Arete Winterguard, Vox Artium, Malachi and Diamante as well as several other Southern California high schools. 


Manny is incredibly excited to begin his first year on staff with the Troopers as the Color Guard Caption Head. 




Richard Pantoja is a colorguard instructor, choreographer, and technician based in Southern CA. He began, as a performer, in 2004 in the Oxnard High School Marching Band. After high school he joined Diamante World Winterguard, where he spent 6 years as a performer. He has now been an instructor for high schools in Southern CA, as well as Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, and Vox Artium. He is excited for 2021, which will be his first season as a guard instructor for The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.  




Hi I’m Javante Washington, I’m from Denver Colorado, the famous Rocky Mountain State. I’ve marched with Malachi Winter-guard 2015-2020 for winter season, for drum corps International,I marched with Madison Scouts 2015 and Santa Clara Vanguard 2017 and 2018. I had the pleasure of teaching at Pomona high school and Air Academy High School. This is my first time teaching a DCI Organization and I’m more than excited to start this new journey with The Troopers.


Damián Ramos


Damián Ramos started his colorguard marching experience his junior year of high school, where he performed two winter seasons then returned to teach his Alma Mater as tech for the next three years. In 2014 he started marching at Vox Artium winter guard, where he marched for 5 seasons. Damián has spent the better part of 7 teaching around San Diego, he now teaches at Vox Artium, Rancho Buena Vista and Mission Hills high school. 




Cristyn Boyd hails from the great state of Texas. She was born and raised in Coppell, TX a suburb of Dallas. She started color guard in the fall of 2009 as a freshman and continued all the way through senior year. She graduated from Coppell High School in 2013. At the moment, Cristyn is finishing up college and achieving a Bachelors Degree for Physical Education. In April of 2013, Cristyn was contracted as a member of the Troopers D&BC in Color Guard. She marched for four years as a Trooper and aged out in 2016.In the Fall of 2014, she began teaching Color Guard at North Mesquite and Poteet High School in Mesquite, TX. This included Marching and Winter Guard seasons till November of 2017. In December of 2015, she started to work at Carroll High School in Southlake, TX. She affiliated with both marching and winter guard seasons till April of 2018. Also, helping close local schools from time to time.


In August of 2018, she became a color guard technician for the Diamonds Color Guard at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, TX.


Cristyn started Independent winter guard shortly after coming home from her first summer with the Troopers. She joined Brenham Independent Winter guard from Dallas, TX and marched in 2014-2015. In 2016 she joined CGT Dallas and just finished her fifth year as a veteran member.


In 2018 and 2019, Cristyn came back and joined the Troopers Administration Team. Her duties involved working on the food truck as the vegetarian chef as well as a transportation driver.


When ever Cristyn finds the free time to do fun stuff, the first thing she loves to do is hang out with her fellow CGT friends and family from time to time. Second, you’ll find her watching a lot Disney movies. Third, food is her best friend but her favorite is Asian and Mexican! Also, she loves music and will give you a jam out session in her car. Overall, she can’t wait to share this side of herself to you this summer!Cristyn is excited to be back for a third(?) year with the Troopers organization but more excited about joining the Color Guard Staff for the 2021 season!