2018 Mandarins Academy

The 2018 Mandarins Academy, its 11th year, looks to continue to grow in size and in its benefit to students and their school music programs. Continued high expectations have been placed on the Mandarins Academy Directors and educators to provide a unique and diverse educational experience to meet the needs of all skill levels. This team consists of technicians, clinicians, and credentialed teachers experienced with elementary, middle, and high schools, colleges, performing arts organizations, Mandarins Academy, and the Sacramento Mandarins and other drum corps.

Part of the Mandarins Academy’s unique experience is due to the Directors and educators having performed or taught with the Sacramento Mandarins drum corps, so they are able to expose Mandarins Academy students to the teaching method and material used by the drum corps. A portion of the Mandarins Academy sessions is focused on auditioning in general, beneficial to those auditioning for the corps or for any performing arts organization.

With each year, something new is added. In 2016, we added a Woodwind Academy and we added leadership development for those students who have a leadership role in their school music program. In 2017, we expanded leadership development to all students. Stay tuned for what’s new in 2018. Mandarins Academy has also grown, from 63 students in 2015 to 131 students in 2016 to 166 students in 2017. And for the last 3 years, Mandarins Academy students have performed for family and friends at our end of season Show and Tell.

All of this supports the mission of the Mandarins Academy: to further the students’ skills in technique, musicianship, performance, and leadership development, all in support of their school music program. Mandarins Academy Directors and educators are committed to achieving that mission.

The Sacramento Mandarins Made History

For the first time in its 55-year history, the Mandarins are a Top 12 World Class drum corps. The Mandarins placed 11th out of 40 corps in the 2018 DCI Championship Prelims, advancing to 10th place of 12 corps in both Semifinals and Finals. For the entire season, their production, Life Rite After -- with distinctive uniforms, a unique rotating stage, amazing repertoire, and more -- has been an audience favorite with rousing standing ovations.. See the season's score history and commentary here. The final comment: "Mandarins should give us all hope and excitement for the future of this activity. They took a lot of risks and spent a lot of money to build this show. Keep this team together and this will be a regular on finals nights."

Founded in 1963 as the Ye Wah (Sacramento Chinese Community) drum corps, the organization's mission celebrates youth and transforms lives. Although our name has changed to the Mandarins, the Ye Wah motto has meaning today: You and I • Enriched in Friendship • Willingness to Learn • Ability to Do • Have Fun.

DCI Giving Challenge - Help Build Our Home

We have been CHALLENGED!

The Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps have dared us to see which corps can raise the most donations within a specified 7-day period. The loser of this challenge will have their Executive Director participate in a tasteful but embarrassing photo which will be plastered all over social media.

If you have been following the corps you may have noticed that the Mandarins are having an outstanding season. The corps and staff are doing everything possible to compete with the Blue Stars on the field. Let's do our part to do everything possible to compete with the Blue Stars OFF THE FIELD!

We continue to build our programs and build our future -- which includes securing a permanent home for the organization. Our vision for the “Mandarins Music Center” includes a permanent office, an event hall (which will be able to host local events as well as Mandarins Bingo), and a music center that would offer one-on-one music lessons, private practice rooms, workshops, and community classes.

The DCI Giving Challenge begins Saturday, July 28 and ends at midnight (EDT) on Friday, August 3. Your donation will bring us that much closer to building our new home. Donations of $1,000 or more will receive permanent recognition on the Mandarins Music Center’s Golden Dragon Wall of Thanksgiving. This is an ideal way to remember your marching experience, memorialize a past member of the Mandarins Family, to pay it forward. We must not fail! Let's show the Blue Stars what the Mandarins family and friends are made of. Tap/Click Here to donate.

Feed The Kids!

As we are now on our National Tour, we are kicking off our annual Feed The Kids Program! For donations over $100 the corps will recognize your contribution on the daily white board. You will know that your contribution has helped to Feed the Kids on their journey to Indianapolis! Simply tap/click here to donate. Thank you for your support.

Big, Loud & Live 15

If you're unable to see the Mandarins perform in person in Indiana, do the next best thing and see them in the movie theatre! Get your front-row seats to the DCI World Championship Prelims LIVE from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis when Big, Loud & Live returns to cinemas. Catch all the action live on the big screen as 15 of DCI's top performing corps battle it out for the chance to be named the 2018 DCI World Champion! In the Sacramento area, several Mandarins alumni will cheer on the Mandarins at the Century Laguna 16 theatre. Get your reserved tickets before they're all gone.

2018 Production: Life Rite After

The Mandarins' 2018 production "Life Rite After" will take its audiences on a journey of the afterlife. Our story takes place after the “Chosen One” dances herself to death in "The Rite of Spring".

The Mandarins begins this production with an empty field, and a center stage used as a focal point where we will recreate "The Dance". Which is where "The Rite of Spring" left off and our 2018 production actually begins.

As we move the color guard onto the field, and the Corps begins to play "Doxology", a gospel hymn that brings both the ensemble and the audience into a spiritual and emotional side of our artistic interpretation. "Life Rite After” is a world that isn't heaven or hell, it's not good or evil, but rather an artistic place where anything and everything can happen. Through our form of art and body, choreography, staging, melodic rhythms and mood, Mandarins 2018 will showcase its most poetic production to date.

Bringing in Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” helps represent acceptance to the dancer into this new entity. Presenting the gift of color and light from our three spirit guides helps us impact and punctuate this production of the ballad to its fullest color, sound, and mood.

We finish our production with a melody of combined music of “Doxology” and “True Colors” to give the audience a finale that has yet to be seen. Some of the most beautiful things in this world of art, are beyond our imagination. These are all things that have yet to be discovered. We would love to take you on our journey into the unknown. "Life Rite After".

2018 Musical Selections

Movement 1: String Quartet #8 In C Minor, Op. 110 - 2. Allegro Molto (Dmitri Shostakovich)
Movement 2: Spiriti (Thomas Doss)
Movement 3: True Colors (Tom Kelly / Billy Steinberg)
Movement 4: Spiriti (Thomas Doss)

California Arts Council Awards Grant to the Mandarins

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $13,500 to the Mandarins as part of its Arts Education: Extension program.

As a segment of the California Arts Council Arts Education grant opportunities, Extension grants support arts education programs for Pre-K-12 students that operate after school and during the summer, on school sites, in artistic venues, and in community settings. The intention of the program is to offer young people sequential, hands-on training in artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

With support from the California Arts Council, the Mandarins of Sacramento Inc. will give the gift of music through an after-school band program for students at elementary schools whose curriculum does not offer an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Music connects children with their culture through a common language, crossing generational, social, and racial barriers. Participation in performing arts builds discipline, character, pride, and self-confidence at a crucial age, providing a springboard for greater achievements in their teenage years and adulthood.

“The Arts Education Extension program capitalizes on the potential to create arts learning opportunities for California’s young people whenever and wherever possible,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “Projects like Mandarins Education ‘Giving the Gift of Music’ allow for the positive impacts of arts engagement to continue undeterred.”

“We are thrilled to have received word that we are a recipient of the CAC Grant. We have embarked on this mission to ‘Give the Gift of Music’ to children and this grant signifies that we are on the right track with our initiative. This grant will allow us to accelerate our reach to provide instrumental music education to hundreds of children in the region," said Jim Tabuchi, Executive Director.

Mutual Care & Respect: A DCI Community Forum

On June 9, the Mandarins joined with 30 other drum corps across the nation in halting all rehearsal activity to view and participate in DCI's Mutual Care & Respect interactive forum, which was broadcast live. The topics covered the DCI Community Code of Conduct & Ethics Guidelines and included Conduct Expectations, Sexual Misconduct, Anti-Discrimination, Reporting, and more. This will help ensure and continue the safety of all corps members, staff, and volunteers. Also, the Mandarins' own policies require adherence to high standards of conduct; you can review these policies here.

Update From The Corps Director

Greetings to all! This report comes from somewhere in sunny California where 154 young people seem to running around in precise formations playing what appear to be brass instruments, all kinds of percussion instruments, and spinning flags, rifles and sabers. What is going on???

The Mandarins are in the house and our four weeks of spring training has begun! Friday, May 25th, the drum corps moved into their home at CRC (Cosumnes River College) in Elk Grove, CA. They have already started learning lots of drill, new choreography and equipment work, as well as the brass and percussion are playing lots of music together. The weather has heated up into the 90’s so we are receiving lots of sun requiring members to slather on the sunscreen. We have had our fair share of heat related opportunities as the members start to acclimate to the high temperatures and high levels of energy required to get through each day. I am really liking this particular group of young people. They are courteous, respectful, and well, nice. They also have a passion that is very engaging and a desire for excellence that is invigorating! The staff is working hard to stay ahead of the corps which is the way it should be. The support teams - admin, transportation, health & wellness, and food services have been stunning. They are just as world class as our drum corps is.

"So what? You say this every month!", you ask. And, perhaps I do and yet, each month is a little different as we piece together the show, new challenges arise, new opportunities present themselves, and I just enjoy sharing those points with you. I have even been posting pictures on the 2018 Mandarins Parents and Friends Facebook page. They may not be high quality but then I’m a drum corps director not a photographer.

As we get closer to our first public performance of the year - Saturday, June 16th at the Mandarins Family Day event, which is in the evening @ 7:00 PM @ Monterey Trail High School - the excitement is rising. New equipment, new uniforms (You are going to say, "WOW!"), new music, new drill, new, new everything! Ya gotta come out sometime to see what we are doing. Really - ya gotta come out and see what YOUR sons and daughters are doing. And, I get it - between work, school, other kids, relationships, and just about everything else under the sun I’m asking you to come out and see YOUR young people sweat their hearts out. Did I get that right? YES, I DID!

On the Mandarins website, our e-calendar lists the locations/facilities that we will be located for the next four weeks. And yes, we would LOVE to have you stop by for a bit. Be it an hour, an afternoon, a full day, or even a couple of days. We, your sons & daughters included, would love to see you.

Mandarins Performances in Sacramento

Local fans have three opportunities to see the Mandarins' highly-anticipated field production, Life Rite After in the Sacramento area.

First, come to our Family Day performace on June 16 at Monterey Trail High School, where you can experience the show's debut and also stock up on great Mandarins apparel and other souvenirs for the summer! The evening program begins at 7:00 pm.

Next, attend the Moonlight Classic on June 24 at Hughes Stadium.

And then we'll see you at the our DCI Capital Classic home show -- the Mandarins' final California show before departing for National Tour. Come for the food. Stay for the show. Feel the beat! Drum corps will be convening at the DCI Capital Classic prior to their coast-to-coast tours where they will perform for thousands of fans all over the United States this summer. There will be over 1000 talented youth performers at this event executing their highly entertaining music, precision marching and maneuvers and colorful dance and pageantry. These shows are truly family entertainment at its best for all ages from young to seniors! Mouth-watering Chinese and American cuisine will be available for purchase Download and share the Press Release here.

DCI Capital Classic Volunteers Needed

The annual DCI Capital Classic drum and bugle corps show will be held on Friday July 6th at Monterey Trail High School. We need over thirty volunteers to make this year's event a success. We have several positions available. Review job descriptions, and sign up here. Volunteers receive free admission and a meal voucher. Thanks for your help!

Mandarins Leadership Camp returns for 2018

Mandarins Leadership Camp had a successful inaugural 2017 camp of nearly 30 student leaders, and the 2018 camp will be looking to expand its reach to 50 students. Mandarins Leadership Camp is a two-day, overnight summer camp for high school student leaders, with the goal of enabling student leaders to effectively support their band director’s vision and goals. With an emphasis on being a leadership camp and not just a drum major camp, Mandarins Leadership Camp is unique from other camps by including wind and percussion section leaders and guard Captains as well as drum majors. Another unique feature from other camps is that student leaders will be taught on campus where the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps will be rehearsing AND competing. Students will “eat, meet and greet” with the Mandarins, and experience drum corps life without the travel. A highlight of last year’s camp had students conducting the Mandarins brass line! The camp will conclude with a ticket to the DCI Capital Classic drum corps show that the Mandarins host, so students can see a performance of the Mandarins and many other drum corps in competition.

The educational staff of Santiago Sabado, Marvin Reed, Becky Stewart, and Jeremy Palin return, with additional educators planned.

For more info and to registe, tap here and receive a discount if you register before June 1st. For questions, please send an email to Milt.Gee@mandarins.org.

The Big Day of Giving was HUGE...

...and a BIG start toward the Mandarins Music Center. Ecstatic, Amazed, Humbled... those are some of the words that come to mind when we realize that our alumni, families and fans have donated $35,888 toward Building the Mandarins Future. Our heads are spinning at the outpouring of support and encouragement that each of our donors has provided. Not only does this mean that we fulfilled our mission in the past but that you also trust we will do so in the future. By the way, did you know that the number 8 is the luckiest number in Asian cultures? The number represents happiness. We couldn't have planned it better to reach $35,888 since that means triple happiness in our future. And once again we are so thankful for your support. Together we are "Building the Mandarins Future!"

Mandarins 55th Anniversary Afghan Raffle

The Mandarins is offering our first-ever afghan raffle. Handcrafted by the loving hands of Mandarins volunteer, Alice (Geema) Swift, this beautiful afghan features colors often seen in Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps uniforms in the past and present. The afghan measures 60” x 70” and is made of 100% acrylic and machine washable. It is made with 55 Mandarin color squares plus 8 black squares. Combined for a total of 63 squares, this represents the date of the founding of the Mandarins – 1963!

Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased online at the Mandarins Marketplace -- or at the Mandarins Souvie Booth. (Mandarins Birthday Bash celebration, Family Day and Clovis, Stanford and Moonlight Classic shows, and DCI Capital Classic). Winner will be announced at DCI Capital Classic on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Monterey Trail High School. Winner need not be present.

About the creator:

Meet Alice (Geema) Swift, the creator of the Mandarins afghan! Alice started volunteering with the Mandarins in 2016, after she saw an article on the DCI Facebook page about Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps assisting The Free Players (Musicians with disabilities) on and off the field in Allentown, PA. She was so touched by this gesture that she decided she would volunteer for the Mandarins.

Alice has been a drum corps fan since the early 70’s. Her son, Sean, marched with Carolina Crown in 1995.

Alice has worn many hats in her short time with the Mandarins. She has housed members, worked in the kitchen (she makes a mean PB&J, and helped with uniform alterations. Her most important job is the Mandarins Shuttle Coordinator. Alice makes sure all out-of-town members arrive to/from camps safely.

Alice also loves caring for her two granddaughters, Abby and Norah, a few days a week. She loves to crochet, knit and quilt in her spare time. Alice crocheted and donated this beautiful afghan to commemorate the Mandarins’ 55th Anniversary.

We are fortunate to have Geema as a part of our Mandarins family!

Message From the Directors

Dear Mandarins Members, Parents, Staff and Alumni,

By now you may have heard of the serious allegations against a director of another drum corps. We would like to share our Mandarins position and what we have done to safeguard and protect our members and staff.

At the Mandarins, our mission is to positively transform the lives of our youth members through musical performance. Member and staff safety is the top priority for our organization. This is entirely consistent with our number one value, which is Respect. Our focus on safety and respect flow through everything that we do as an organization.

To ensure the safety of our members and staff, we have established policies and procedures. They include:
• A policy for mandatory background checks for all staff members through a national background check registry
• The signed Staff Code of Conduct that states: "Sexual harassment of any type is unacceptable. An offense of this nature may result in termination. An offense with a minor will be reported to law enforcement. Any other type of harassment or discriminatory behavior based on race, age, gender or sexual orientation or any other constitutionally protected right is not permitted."
• The Member Code of Conduct that states: "Treat other corps members as you would like to be treated. Respect their personal needs and requests. This awareness applies to rehearsals, sleeping areas, and the bus. Ensure that your relationships with others include no inappropriate behavior. If you have a concern with someone, please advise the director for further support or action. Hazing and bullying will NOT be tolerated in the Mandarins."
• Mandarins maintains an open door policy that allows anyone at any level to report issues to the highest level of our organization without fear of retribution.
• We have developed a Health and Wellness Team staffed with professionals to address medical concerns.
• We serve food in a safe manner that provides great nutritional value for our members and staff.
• We employ professional drivers whose only task is to drive members, staff and equipment safely down the road.

Mandarins continually strive to be the most welcoming corps in the world. We have developed a Statement of Inclusivity that says, "We celebrate and embrace diversity in all of its forms including gender, racial, sexual orientation, religious and socio-economic diversity. We believe that everyone brings their individual identity AND unites to create amazing musical ensembles."

You can rest assured that the Mandarins is a safe environment for all involved. As always, thank you for your support for the Mandarins!

Best regards,
Jim Tabuchi
Executive Director

JW Koester
Corps Director

1199's Return to Mandarins Bingo!

Celebrate the return of $1199 games and the 55th Anniversary of Sacramento Mandarins who has been serving your community and youth in the Sacramento region and beyond for over 55 years. You have a chance to WIN BIG at Mandarins at all our bingo sessions. The $1199 games are the highlight of every bingo session with Mandarins. Don’t lose any more time. Attend any of our sessions to play in the “Friendliest Hall in Town!” and win. Over $6000 in payouts each session!

After more than two years of not permitting 1199's in Sacramento County, they are now back because of a revision that was made in the Sacramento County Bingo Ordinance. "This was a case of our Sacramento County Supervisors listening to the local charities and ultimately from our local players", said Jim Tabuchi, Executive Director of the Sacramento Mandarins. "Through several hearings, Supervisors Don Nottoli, Patrick Kennedy and Phil Serna, understood the uneven playing field between Sacramento County bingo halls and those of other jurisdictions. The county supervisors unanimously agreed to amend the ordinance to rectify this situation. As a result, this provides a benefit to our players, the local charities and ultimately the kids that our non-profits serve.”

See our April Bingo specials here.

New Partnership with Fruhauf Uniforms

The Sacramento Mandarins announce a new sponsorship partnership with Fruhauf Uniforms, signing an exclusive agreement to become the sole uniform provider for the world class corps.

As the exclusive manufacturer of the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps uniforms, the Fruhauf design team will collaborate with the Mandarins Program Director (Ike Jackson) and Creative Director (Mario Ramirez) to bring innovative design and unmatched Fruhauf quality to the field starting in 2018.

“In our initial discussions with the Fruhauf Uniform Company, we were pleased to discover that we had such a complementary organizational culture,” said Jim Tabuchi, Mandarins Executive Director. “We both have similar values in respect, excellence and family. The amazing thing is that Fruhauf has been around for about twice as long as the Mandarins (108 years versus 54 years!) and both of our organizations have survived and thrived. This has been accomplished by both organizations’ emphasis on doing what is right for the kids in music education excellence.”

“At Fruhauf, we deliver high-quality uniforms that uniquely complement each marching show program, taking the performance to the next level through apparel design and superior craftsmanship,” said Richard Fruhauf, Vice President of Fruhauf Uniforms. “We are very excited to work with such an amazing organization and look forward to continuing the momentum and success of the Mandarins through our partnership.”

Golden 1 Credit Union Hosts Mandarins Volunteers

A big shout-out to the Golden 1 Credit Union and their Events & Marketing Coordinator Carolie Lawson for hosting Mandarins volunteers at the recent Lorde concert at the Golden 1 Center. The view from the Golden 1 Credit Union Community Suite was excellent and a fantastic time was enjoyed by all. What a treat to give to our volunteers who give so much from the heart for our Mandarins kids! #Golden1Gives

Mandarins Birthday Bash

Join us on Saturday April 28, 6:00 pm at Rosemont High School, 9594 Keifer Blvd in Sacramento. to celebrate the Mandarins' 55th Anniversary and Birthday. Held concurrently with our April Corps Camp, this event lets everyone connect with friends and alumni -- and also meet the 2018 corps members, who will provide a sneak peek of this year's show.

Order your dinner tickets here. Your choice of tri tip, chicken, or vegetarian entree, plus green salad, pasta, baked beans, dinner roll, cake, and beverage.

We hope to see you there. While the faces and performances have changed over the years, the Mandarins still provide the same values and traditions which have ensured our success for the past 55 years and beyond.

2018 Instructional Staff

Mandarins Caption Heads Tim Snyder (Brass), Darren VanDerpoel (Percussion), Michael Samson (Visual), and Mario Ramirez (Color Guard) have finalized their educational and professional staff for the 2018 season. All are excited to continue the momentum generated by last season's show and are looking forward to our 2018 production described in the Facebook Live video here. Meet the Caption Heads and their respective staff in their bios.

New Year Update from Corps Director JW Koester

Hi Everyone,

Whew! Has it been a busy start to 2018 or what ? So just in case you were wondering, the answer is a resounding yes!

The annual Drum Corps International meetings and bi-annual Rules Congress meeting were held in Indianapolis the first weekend of January and in attendance from the Mandarins were: Jim Tabuchi - Executive Director, JW Koester - Corps Director, Ike Jackson - Corps Program Director, Darren Van Derpoel - Percussion Caption Head & Battery Arranger, Tim Snyder - Brass Caption Head and Michael Samson - Visual Caption Head. And yes, I think our organization was represented in the finest manner. The annual meetings were fairly normal with lots of business/budget items discussed.

The most exciting part of the meetings was the passage of a proposal, a proposal made by the Mandarins, to change the order of performance of the corps in shows during the second half of the season being based on each corps placement at the San Antonio Regional competition. This is a pretty big change as corps will be seeded according to the current year's standings about midway into drum corps season rather than being based on the previous year's finals placement.

The Rules Congress was a bit more lively with several proposals debated and voted upon, first by the institutional community and then by the corps directors.

• Passed: Increase corps membership from 150 to 154 individuals. Effective 2018
• Passed: Use new music analysis 1 & 2 sheets. Effective 2018.
• Failed: Increase Saturday night finals from 12 to 15 corps.

Regarding Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps, the third camp of the season was held at Rosemont High School Jan 12 - 14 in Sacramento and it was quite successful from multiple aspects.

• Many more contracts were issued and the corps is now approximately 90% contracted with many alternates in line to step up if/when a contracted member isn’t able to continue.

• The horn line and the front ensemble each played though several sections of the 2018 show music.

• Brass and battery percussion continued their visual training.

• The color guard continued their equipment and dance training with Manny & Chris.

• The drum major candidates spent quality time with Marvin honing their skills.

• The Health & Wellness Team (Dr. Dan & Kim) engaged with members and staff to further coordinate their efforts to support the corps activities.

• Our AWESOME Volunteer Kitchen Crew prepared approximately 1,500 meals throughout the weekend.

Like I said, Whew!

The design team continues development of the 2018 show design and we expect to announce the show title/music in the near future. We are still working on securing some of the music licenses so that we can use the music in our performances. Tour planning is well under way to ensure that we have excellent facilities throughout the summer.

And yes, we are already looking for volunteers to support the kitchen and driving aspects of the corps throughout the summer (move in’s and tour) and YES, WE WANT YOU to join us. Please contact Cathy Sackett cmsackett@comcast.net for volunteer kitchen crew and Jerry Sackett sackettj@mycci.net for volunteer driving opportunities.

Next corps camp is February 2 - 4, 2018 with the tentative location once again being Rosemont High School. This camp is brass only. NO color guard or percussion at this camp. Take care and come out to see the corps sometime soon.

Ciao,
JW
Corps Director

Outstanding Corps Member of 2017

Kelley Ho

Mandarins corps members voted Kelley Ho as their Outstanding Corps Member for the second year in a row. Never before in Mandarins history has a corps member received this honor more than one time. Kelley remains one of the most popular drum majors in the drum and bugle corps activity; her passion and conducting skills were displayed at each and every performance, dazzling audiences and judges alike.

Kelley is a graduate of Monterey Trail High School where she played saxophone and was a drum major for two years. She also played baritone for a year and was drum major the year after for the Sacramento State Marching Band. In the spring of 2017, Kelley graduated from Cosumnes River College with an Associate of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and is currently studying Drama at University of California, Irvine. She hopes to receive her Honors in Directing upon graduation. While attending school, Kelley is a novice stage manager for student projects and is also working as a private drum major instructor for students all over California and Hawaii.

Kelley said, "Thinking back on the past four seasons, I can’t help but to think how much I will miss everyone in the Mandarins. I was extremely blessed to be around such beautiful and compassionate people who worked to be better at their craft every single day. My time with the Mandarins was magical and I am proud to be an alumnus of an organization that will be even stronger in 2018."

Mandarins Health and Wellness Team

We are excited to announce the implementation of the Mandarins Health and Wellness Team. Co-directors Kimberly Wong, PT, and Daniel Fong, O.D. will be assembling a team of professionals and interns to ensure the health and well-being of the Mandarins members and staff.

"The members' physical health and well-being is the most important aspect of the Mandarins Health and Wellness Team. We aim to focus on the total being - including a complete medical history, training protocols for injury prevention, staff education, and on-site care for members as needed. Some guidelines for Physical Training protocol for all sections will be developed," states co-director Kim Wong.

Professionals and interns can contact Dan at 916-956-0948 or dkfongod@yahoo.com to get more information and to volunteer their services.

Autumn Update from Corps Director JW Koester

As we move deeper into Fall, preparations for the 2018 Mandarins audition/ experience camps are in full swing. We have confirmed our facilities for both camps: NorCal will be held at Rosemont High School and SoCal will be held at Arcadia High School. Both locations have excellent facilities and will be perfect for our requirements. We will also have our equipment trailer (Dragon) and our mobile kitchen (Mushu) at both camps to provide equipment and meals.

On the staffing side of the corps, we have completed all of our hiring and I am pleased to advise that our entire design team has returned and they are hard at work developing on the 2018 production. And no, we are NOT ready to announce the title or theme of the show just yet. The majority of the technical staff is also returning with only the brass caption experiencing a major change. Mr. Tim Snyder is our new brass caption head and we are pleased to have Tim and his staff join the Mandarins family.

Mandarins executive director, Jim Tabuchi, and I attended the DCI Fall meeting in late September and we reviewed the tentative 2018 summer tour. And no, we are NOT ready to announce the tour schedule until DCI has confirmed all of the show dates with the show sponsors. However, we expect that task to be done in early November and we will announce our tour schedule shortly thereafter.

Interest in the 2018 Mandarins is the highest ever based on our Facebook interest group sign ups (Join the Mandarins 2018 Interest Group). To date we have over 800 people who have joined our page with more joining every week.

Our recruiting campaign is in full swing as we have already mailed out our posters and we have a full slate of Fall high school band shows that we attend with our recruiting booth. What does all of this mean? Great question, it means that the organization is operating on all 8 cylinders which is always an exciting thing! As always, please reach out to lend a helping hand - whether it is cooking a few meals, driving a support vehicle, washing & mending uniforms, or becoming a sponsor of a 2018 member in need. Stop by at any of our camps, I am sure you will be glad you did.

Ciao,
JW

Tim Snyder Named Brass Caption Head for 2018

The Sacramento Mandarins are pleased to announce that the percussion, color guard and visual caption heads—as well as the program director—will be returning for the 2018 season, with Tim Snyder joining staff as the new Brass Caption Head.

Darren VanDerpoel will be leading percussion, Mario Ramirez with color guard, Michael Samson as the visual caption head, and Ike Jackson returning as Program Director.

“Last year was a monumental step for the Mandarins organization, with the staff, the administration and the design team coming together for the very first time in 2017,” said Ike. “As the organization grows and the team gets stronger, there are always some small modifications that happen along the way. In 2018, Mandarins will continue to move forward, and we ensure that we will bring a positive life-changing experience to not only the members, but to the fans and DCI alike.”

Snyder, the new brass caption head, is a freelance arranger, composer, educator and adjudicator, and is in-demand as a clinician throughout the country in brass pedagogy. His music has been performed on concert stages and football fields all across America and he has an extensive background in drum corps—teaching some of the most prestigious tuba lines in DCI including Carolina Crown and overseeing a 20-person tuba line with Madison Scouts. Most recently, Snyder was the brass caption manager for Oregon Crusaders, and he also worked with the Casper Troopers in 2014 and 2015.

“I am very excited to be part of this fantastic group of people and organization. I want to help build upon the excellence and tradition that make up the Mandarins organization,” said Snyder.

Download a copy of the Press Release here.

Reflections on this Summer

JW Koester

Hi Everyone! Well, the dust has settled from the marching shoes and the fleet has all made it home safely. There are no more rehearsals to schedule and plan for. It sure is quiet.... As I reflect on the recent season I can’t help but smile every time I think of all the good things that we, as an organization, accomplished this past season:

• A new food trailer (Mushu) built and operational
• Design and build of some huge ink pen quill props
• Multiple new design team and technical staff members
• 110 first time members in the drum corps
• Our highest ever placement and score at the DCI World Championships and
• Some amazing support from many, many parents & other volunteers.

I think that is why we do this crazy thing we call drum corps.

The total immersion and dedication to make things happen - where else do we get the same level of thrill and exhaustion all at the same time? I am so proud of the 2017 Mandarins drum corps - the design and instructional teams developed and taught an amazing show and the corps members gave it their all to perform at their highest level. And that’s all we can ever ask for - give it your all, don’t leave anything on the field, just be amazing. And, this drum corps was all that and more. The family that we created will always be special and the memories are already being shared with others.

To all the fans who enjoyed the show and cheered for us - thank you. To the board members and boosters - thank you for your total support. To the drivers, cooks, admin staff and friends - thank you even though words are not enough. To the parents - many, many thanks for allowing us to take your sons & daughters on a very special journey! Take care and we’ll see you down the road because 2018 is just around the corner!

Ciao,
JW
Corps Director

Jim Tabuchi DCI Director of the Year

Jim Tabuchi

At the 2017 DCI Championships, Mandarins Executive Director Jim Tabuchi was presented the Dr. Bernard Baggs Award for Outstanding Leadership. This award is voted on by all World Class directors and recognizes Mr. Tabuchi as a DCI Director of 2017. He was elected to the DCI Board of Directors in early 2017; the Board is responsible for overseeing DCI's business and strategic initiatives.

Mr. Tabuchi states, "I was proud to accept this leadership award from DCI because it was an exclamation point on an incredible season. But this is not a personal award. It should be awarded to the entire Mandarins organization. I did not prepare the 80,000 meals, nor did I design the fan favorite corps show, or recruit and educate the 150 members or perform an incredible show or drive vehicles 12,000 miles or plan and execute a nation wide tour or sell souvies across the country or create and sew uniforms. What just happened was the culmination of countless hours of work over 54 years by people who lead from their hearts. Most of us as volunteers receive our "pay" in thank you's and smiles. And if we do a good job we will get a raise next year. It is an honor to be able to serve as a leader for so many incredible people."

Mandarins 2018 Interest Group

2018 Interest Group

The Mandarins have created a 2018 Sacramento Mandarins Interest Group on Facebook. We like to think of the Mandarins as the most welcoming drum corps in all of DCI. We celebrate diversity, respect the individuality of all of our members AND all unite within the Mandarins Family.

On the field, our shows are entertaining, exciting, creative and unique. Our belief is that the more you enjoy performing the show, the more the audience will enjoy experiencing the show.

We just completed a very successful 2017 drum corps season and are excited to begin our 2018 season. This Interest Group is intended to be a place for all of you interested candidates for the upcoming season. We will begin auditions shortly and this is where you can ask questions and get to know others who will be auditioning with you. This group will be moderated by veteran members of the Mandarins who will share their experience with you. This year we will have in-person auditions in multiple locations and will accept video auditions. Stay tuned for more information soon! Thanks for your interest in the Mandarins and we are excited to begin an awesome 2018 season!

The 2017 Mandarins Academy Begins September 10

Mandarins Academy

Mandarins Academy had a successful 2016 season that began with 131 registered students and ended with a performance for the parents and a performance at a Kings game in the new Golden 1 Center. New in 2016 were the Woodwind Academy (flutes, clarinets, saxes) as well as Leadership Development for the student leaders in their school music program. Additionally, over 40 Mandarins Academy students auditioned for the 2017 drum corps, so the impact to students’ development, school music programs, and the Mandarins drum corps grows as Mandarins Academy grows.

Plans are underway for an even bigger 2017 season, the 10th year of Mandarins Academy. Directors for the Brass, Guard, Percussion, Drum Major, and Woodwind Academy have been finalized, the sessions have been expanded by 1/2 hour (12:30-4pm), and the location remains at the Sac State Capistrano Hall under the partnership between the Sacramento Mandarins and the Sac State School of Music. The 2017 Mandarins Academy flyer was mailed to 158 high school music programs, most within 100 miles of CSUS, as we aim to educate, and influence the lives, of even more students. Reserve these dates in your calendar: Sundays 9/10, 10/1, 10/29, and 11/26, with plans again to perform at a Kings game.

Tap/Click here for a FAQ and to register.

Igniting Sacramento's Arts & Culture Scene

Arts

In June, Mandarins Entertainment helped kick off Mayor Darrell Steinberg's quest to ignite Sacramento's arts and culture scene. Among other things, the art of busking (street performing is encouraged. And, the city will increase its contribution to the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to $500,000 to support, promote, and advance the arts in the Sacramento region. There will also be a heavy focus on arts education in city schools, and the city and its partners will work on strategic investments in arts and culture in Sacramento, Mayor Steinberg and other dignitaries celebrated this great news by busking with Mandarins Entertainment. See the video here.

Joe Fong Appointed Director of Mandarins Entertainment

Joe Fong

Joe Fong has accepted the position of Director of Mandarins Entertainment. For the past several years, Joe has been managing Mandarins Entertainment aspects of talent, equipment, costuming, booking, and more. Past performances include gigs at the Crocker Art Museum, Bayside Church Christmas, Oakland Raiders, NASCAR, and of course as the Sacramento Kings Drumline. Thanks to Joe for volunteering his time and management expertise!

Mandarins Parents Facebook Group

Facebook

Parents of corps members marching with the Mandarins have their own Facebook Group to network, answer questions, sign up to help at corps camps, and more. There's even pictures of corps members and some of the great meals they enjoy, and they definitely appreciate all that you do. If you're a parent and use Facebook, submit a request to join the group here, and get involved. As one parent said, "It's wonderful working with so many great people. The spirit of volunteering is contagious when we see how much the kids get out of it!"

Point West Rotary Club Grants Mandarins

Point West Rotary Club

The Point West Rotary Club awarded the Mandarins a $7,500 grant for new uniform bibs for the growing corps which expects to march 150 members again this year. Mandarins Executive Director Jim Tabuchi and the Rotary Club had several meetings to discuss the need and benefits the grant would provide. We thank the Rotary Club for their generosity.

The Sacramento Mandarins Choose Innovative Percussion

Innovative Percussion
Innovative Percussion is proud to announce the addition of the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps, from Sacramento, California, to its family of world class drum corps. The Mandarins will use Innovative Percussion products exclusively during the 2016 season. Entering their 53rd season, the Mandarins organization has a rich heritage that embodies the blending of Asian traditions with drum & bugle corps, creating values for youth with a true sense of purpose. Innovative Percussion is happy to welcome this dynamic organization to their artist family.

Founding Member Frank Lim Passes

Frank Lim

Founding Member Frank Lim passed away this month, at the age of 99. He was the last living founder of the Sacramento Mandarins, formerly known as the Ye Wah Drums & Lyras Corps. In 1963 Mr. Lim, president of the Sacramento Chinese Benevolent Association, coordinated the first meeting of children and parents interested in forming the corps. He also rallied the ten Chinese family associations to contribute funds to the cause. Four months after that first meeting on a rainy day in March, the Ye Wah marched its first parade. At the Mandarins' 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2013, Mr. Lim was our guest of honor and enjoyed our production, "Destination America ~ Journey of the Paper Sons." He was pleased to see the corps thriving and beginning its next 50 years. In 1963 we started with 11 marching members, and today we are fielding 150. Thank you to Mr. Lim and the other founders for creating the Mandarins. Our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

1978-81 Mandarins Color Guard Reunites After 33 Years

1978-81 guard
33 years after their epic performance which brought the house down at the 1981 California Color Guard Circuit Championships, the Mandarins Color Guard reunited to renew friendships, reminisce, and share photos. Thanks to Laurie Moy, Shirley Fujii, Cathy Lee, and Michele Samonte for planning and presenting the reunion. And to Color Guard Director Joyce Yee for the pink satin roses. And a big shout-out to Rob Jong's Slightly Skewed food truck for catering a delicious feast. Everyone had a great time, and decided not to wait 33 years for the next reunion.

Bingo Manager Janet Wong Passes

Janet Wong

The Sacramento Mandarins' beloved Bingo Manager, Janet Wong passed away on Mother's Day, May 11, 2014. Janet joined the Mandarins in 1983 when her son Rod joined the drumline. Janet became Booster Club Manager and along with her husband Bucky, kept the corps well-fed with the legendary food service the Mandarins became known for. Janet volunteered for Bingo Manager in 1988, and since then has continually served in this position, long after Rod aged-out of the corps. Janet said that being Bingo Manager was something she enjoyed doing, by raising money for the kids. Her dedication enabled the Mandarins to become an internationally-recognized DCI Champion. Throughout her 31 years with the Mandarins, Janet always had a smile and volunteer ethic second to none. We will miss her tremendously.

Christmas Services at Bayside Church

Christmas

Mandarins Entertainment performed at multiple Christmas Services at Bayside Church Granite Bay campus, this holiday season. Sharing the stage with acclaimed contemporary Christian musician and worship leader Lincoln Brewster, the Mandarins delighted several thousand people attending one or more services. Earlier in the week, the Mandarins and Bayside's worship team were featured on Good Day Sacramento, performing Little Drummer Boy.

Mandarins Partner with Jupiter, Mapex, and Majestic

Jupiter

The Mandarins have partnered with Jupiter Brass instruments, Mapex Marching Drums, and Majestic Percussion for their 2014 season. “We are very excited to partner with the Jupiter, Mapex, and Majestic team at KHS America”, said Jim Tabuchi, Executive Director of the Mandarins. “At the Mandarins, our focus is to have a profoundly positive influence on our youth members and to use performance excellence as the vehicle to do so. KHS America’s clear commitment to the marching arts as well as music education is a commitment that we share. The support of the KHS America team has been truly outstanding and the instruments we’ve tested are of the quality and sound that our instructional staff and students expect. I know our audiences will be very impressed with our new sound.”

Got E-Waste? Save the Earth and Help the Mandarins!

ewaste

Got E-Waste? Schedule a free pickup and benefit the Mandarins! We’re part of the eWaste4good fundraiser in the Sacramento Area. Call 800-317-3112, or click here to schedule an e-waste pickup from your home of office. Recycle your TV, monitor, computer, stereo, and more (see the list) without having to haul it to a recycler. Simply follow the steps below:

1. Select “Sacramento Area” as the approximate region of the organization you’re donating to.

2. Select “Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps” from the organization drop-down list.

3. Fill out the remaining items and click Submit.

4. Save the Earth while helping the Mandarins!

A Magical 50th Anniversary Celebration

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The Mandarins celebrated their Golden Anniversary on September 21, commemorating 50 years of success. Over 360 alumni corps members, instructors, and family members joined us for a delicious dinner at the Hong Kong Islander Restaurant. Jimmie Yee of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors presented directors Ray Mar and Jim Tabuchi with resolutions recognizing individual and collective achievements for the Mandarins.

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It was great to see representation from the very first Ye Wah members (including the remaining living founder, Frank Lim) -- to present-day Mandarins members who performed in the Destination America show, which everyone watched with amazement after dinner.

The evening concluded with photo ops and the renewing of friendships. Thanks to the 50th Anniversary Committee of Christine Thorntona, Steve Wong, Marilyn Chin, Diana Gin, Al Chinn, Kim Wong, Roxie Tom, Karen Wu, Jim Tabuchi, Jennie Fong, Jillene Sturgess-DaPrato, and Scott Jow for coordinating such a fabulous event.

Director Tabuchi recalled the lyrics to the Earth, Wind, and Fire song, "September." Do you remember the 21st night of September? The celebration was a magical evening that will be long-remembered.

Destination America - Journey of the Paper Sons

Angel Island

Our 2013 production, "Destination America - Journey of the Paper Sons" is based on a true story which began in 1899. The show has opened to wide acclaim, and it brings to the drum corps field an important part of Chinese and American history that many people are unaware of. Recently, the Sacramento Bee newspaper published an article, titled "Angel Island: Haunting History in the Middle of San Franciso Bay." You can also view a movie about the Angel Island Immigration Station.

Rob on the Road Features Mandarins

Rob on the RoadRob Stewart, of KVIE Public Television, produces "Rob on the Road", which discovers stories that capture the unique spirit of Northern California. Rob visited the Mandarins at one of their last rehearsals before DCI tour, and interviewed Brass instructor and Mandarins Brass Academy head Jim Tabuchi. See Rob's video here.

Mandarins Voted the Best of Sacramento Best of Sacramento Concert Best Bang for Your Buck Award

Sacramento Magazine hosted the Best of Sacramento Party in November at the Sacramento Convention Center, showcasing subscribers' picks for best local restaurants, entertainment, personalities, specialty shops, service providers, and more. The Mandarins won the Best Bang for Your Buck award. Over 7,400 attendees sampled various foods, drinks, and the Mandarins' performance. The corps was featured as one of the evening's highlights and were pleased to participate in this event, where $235,000 was raised for the March of Dimes.