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Answers for Parents

When your child decides to be part of a Drum Corps International corps, he/she is making a choice that requires a deep personal commitment that will require strength and focus. Facing new levels of responsibility, discipline and self-knowledge, they will gain values that will help them succeed in life.

Many of your questions about the Drum and Bugle Corps activity may be answered on an "Answers For Parents" page, on the Drum Corps International website.

Meet Our Staff

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ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Jim Tabuchi Executive Director 916-719-7368
JW Koester Corps Director 408-921-6231
Raymond Mar Advisor
Paul Daschka Bingo Manager  
Cathy Sackett Booster Manager 916-799-4953
Cris Flores Personnel Manager 916-225-2599
Jerry Sackett Transportation Manager 916-541-9430
Kathleen Bakergumprecht-Davies Fundraising Chair 559-260-5847
Keith Sanpei
Rebecca Miles
• Kevin Bowlson
Tour / Logistics Director
• Assistant
• Assistant
209-518-7615
209-365-3713
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PROGRAM DESIGNERS AND ARRANGERS
Ike Jackson Program Director
Mario Ramirez Creative Director
Key Poulan Brass Arranger
Darren VanDerpoel Percussion / Battery Arranger
Bryan Nungaray Percussion / Front Ensemble Arranger
Peter Beckhart Visual Designer
INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF
PERCUSSION BRASS VISUAL COLOR GUARD
Darren VanDerpoel
Caption Head
Tim Snyder
Caption Head
Michael Samson
Caption Head
Mario Ramirez
Caption Head
 
Rudy Arzaga
Percussion Advisor
Aaron Wells
Co-Asst. Cap Head
     
Jonathan Wicks
Perc Mgr/Tenor Tech
Patrick Keeley
Co-Asst. Cap Head
     
Jazper Saldana
Front Ensemble Mgr
Seth Murphy
Brass Consultant
     
Zakk Hollander
Batt Mgr/Tenor Tech
Kevin Leonard
Trumpet Tech
     
Rich Ramos
Snare Tech
Jon Holloway, D.M.A.
Mellophone Tech
     
Chris Morales
Snare Tech
Christian DeJongh
Mellophone Tech
     
Vanessa Gomez
Bass Tech
Sam Laulis
High Brass Intern
     
Otto Peralta
Bass Tech
Shane Montoya
Baritone Tech
     
John Nguyen
Cymbal Tech
Gordon Janda
Baritone Tech
     
Xavier Brackett
Cymbal Tech
Mary Cowperthwait
Tuba Tech
     
Abby Zarate
Front Ensemble Tech
Gabe Gounaris
Tuba Tech
     
Jimmy Nguyen
Front Ensemble Tech
Eric Obermeyer
Low Brass Intern
     
Bryan Nungaray
Front Ensemble Arr
Milt Gee
Analytics Consultant
     
Ernie McLaurin
Visual Tech
     
     

Founded in 1963, the Sacramento Mandarins provide the ideal balance of education, family values, personal time, and the blending of Asian traditions with drum corps. The Mandarins are committed to the growth of the lives of young people through a commitment to youth development and performance excellence while providing enjoyment for the Sacramento community and audiences worldwide.

Recent honors and awards of distinction: two-time recipient of the prestigious Spirit of Disney award, signifying outstanding achievement in educational and entertainment programs for youth; Drum Corps International Division III World Champions in 1987, 1988, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999; Drum Corps International Division II World Champions in 2001; Drum Corps International Pacific Division III Champions in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999, and DCI Pacific Division II California State Champions in 2000 and 2001; Drum Corps International Division I Semifinalist in 2001, 2005, and 2006; Drum Corps International World Class Quarterfinalist in 2008-2010; and Drum Corps International World Class Semifinalist in 2011-2016.

Look for the Mandarins to appear in a full slate of West Coast shows and a nationwide tour, including appearances at the DCI regionals in Palo Alto, San Antonio, and Atlanta on the way to Indianapolis, Indiana for the DCI World Championships.

Executive Director is Jim Tabuchi. Corps Director is JW Koester. The Mandarins are sponsored exclusively by their Parent Booster Club. For additional information about the corps, please contact Mandarins Public Relations.

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