2017 Audition and Camp Information


Welcome to the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps. We are glad you have chosen to take a look at our program. We are looking forward to celebrating our 54th Anniversary in 2017! See our Audition and Experience Camp dates here.

Please contact the appropriate caption for audition information if you're unable to find what you need in the website.

April 28-30 Full Corps Camp Schedule
Location: Rosemont High School, 9594 Kiefer Bl, Sacramento
Friday, 4/28  
6:00 - 7:00 pm Registration
7:00 Welcome (Gym)
7:15 Music
10:45 Announcements
11:00 Snack
12:00 Lights Out
Saturday, 4/29  
7:00 am Breakfast
8:00 - 12:00 -- Brass, Battery Visual on field
-- Front Ensemble in sectionals
-- Guard sectionals
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 -- Brass visual and Guard visual on field
-- All Percussion in sectionals
-- Guard sectionals
5:00 Dinner
6:00 - 8:30 -- Brass and Battery stadium
  -- Front Ensemble sectionals
-- Guard sectionals
8:30 - 10:00 Brass and all Percussion music ensemble; guard in sectionals
10:00 Snack
12:00 Lights Out
Sunday, 4/30  
7:00 am Breakfast
8:00 - 10:00 Brass. Battery and Guard Visual on field; Front Ensemble in sectionals
10:00 - 11:30 All sections in sectionals (Brass on or near the field)
11:30 Lunch for Brass/Pit
11:45 Lunch for Percussion/Guard
12:15 Brass re-warm on field / Pit move to field
12:30 - 3:00 All sections visual on field
3:00 Announcements
5:00 pm Out of facility

Online Registration is available here: http://mandarins.org/auditions/signup.php

Auditions for the 2017 Season, Handbook, and Forms

During the winter months we are conducting open auditions for all positions in the Mandarins. If you have an interest in marching for a World Class drum corps, you have found the right spot. This year we will be holding auditions in Sacramento and the Southern California area.

Auditions will begin on November 26-27, 2016 in the Sacramento Area, If you are cannot attend one of these sessions, we allow you to submit an audition video through a DVD, YouTube, or other media. However, priority will be given to those attending rehearsals and camps. For detailed information as to what needs to be submitted on the video, please contact the appropriate Caption Manager.

Audition Camp signup information is located here.

If there are questions of a more general nature, please contact JW Koester, Corps Director. Or, review our 2017 Membership Handbook. You can also download a pdf version here.

Our Program

We have a fantastic program planned for our 54th year. This year we will be touring Northern California, Southern California and then make our way across the entire United States. In total we are expecting to travel to over 25 states on our national tour.

As a member you will instantly become a family member of the Mandarins. You will eat, sleep, rehearse and travel with well over 140 of your new best friends. You will have a quality experience both on and off the field, enjoying some of the best food in the entire drum corps community.

Persons who are between 16 (as of December 1) and 21 (if you turn 22 on or after June 1, 2017, you are eligible for the 2017 season) are eligible to audition.

How Do I Sign Up to Audition? It's easy! Simply follow the instructions here.

What Happens if I am Offered Membership in the Mandarins? IMPORTANT!!! If you have been offered a position in the Corps you must take care of your paperwork and membership payments immediately. Complete and submit online both of the following forms with the appropriate signatures where indicated.

Mandarins Fee Payment Form
Mandarins Medical Authorization Form

2016 Membership packets (including the handbook) will be available at the pre-audition clinics, all camps and rehearsals, and are also downloadable. If you have any questions about the application process or fees, contact our Personnel Manager, Cris Flores.

What Do I Need to Bring to the Sacramento Camp?
  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn.
  • All musicians: three ring binder with plastic sleeves and a pencil.
  • Change of clothes for the weekend. Plan to dress in layers. It will be warm in the gym. Since we are in California, where the climate is good, we will also likely be outside, so you will need to have warm clothes for that as well.
  • Comfortable marching shoes.
  • Plastic drinking cup (note: all meals will be provided for the entire weekend).
  • Sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste and other toiletries, towel, shower shoes or slippers.
What Are You Looking For When I Audition?

Auditions will give the staff an idea of your music, marching, movement, and equipment handling skills. Think of your first rehearsal as a chair placement for an honor band rather than an "audition."

We will also be looking at several other factors, including:

  • Positive attitude.
  • Work ethic.
  • Commitment to effort.
  • Ability to focus and listen to directions.
  • Ability to learn exercises.
  • Ability to process information and instruction and apply it to exercises.
  • Ability to handle constructive criticism in a positive manner.

In addition to an audition in a rehearsal setting, each prospective member will also be interviewed by the appropriate caption head.

Our marching member Code of Conduct can be found here. This will give you an idea of our organization's expectation for its members.

Oh yes, in case you think we forgot to mention this: enjoy yourself! Stay positive and don't lose sight of your goals and objectives. You are here because you enjoy doing this, and the staff does recognize your effort in coming to be here with us.

Commitment, dedication, and teamwork are the cornerstones of our organization. The Mandarins are rich with 50 years of tradition and pride. We encourage your participation, and look forward to seeing you soon.

“This is long overdue, but I just wanted to share my gratitude towards Mandarins and everyone that's involved in it. I feel blessed to have been part of something so special. I never thought that I'd be able to feel the way I did after quarterfinals/semifinals because I couldn't stop smiling after those shows. When you feel like giving up, just remember to hold your head up high and be proud of what you do. We've all literally poured our blood, sweat, and tears into this show. I've met the most amazing, talented, and kind hearted young adults. Although we've gone our separate ways, I'm constantly reminded that Mandarins will always be my home. I'm glad that I chose to age out with Mandarins, and I feel honored to be an alumni. I hope to see everyone again in the future. Until then, just remember...........GET IT! – Van Anh Tran”

2017 Audition/Experience Camp Schedule:

Camp Date Details Location
Regular Camp
Mar 31-Apr 2
Brass Only
Overnight Fri & Sat
Rio Linda High School
Rio Linda, CA
Regular Camp
Apr 28-30
Full Corps
Overnight Fri & Sat
Sacramento, CA area

Regular Camp
May 26-29
Full Corps
Overnight Fri - Sun
Sacramento, CA area

May 30 & beyond
Full Corps

Location TBA

Training Camp
May 30 - June 10
Full Corps

Location TBA

Training Camp
June 11-18
Full Corps

Harris Middle School
Elk Grove, CA