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, Corps 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.”
Our upcoming audition and monthly camps signal the start of the Mandarins' 2014 season. Many corps corps members and potential corps members are local but others will be coming to Sacramento from as far away as Japan. The Mandarins have provided shuttle service from and to the airport, train, and bus stations. We need additional volunteers to assist with transportation -- normally needed the day before or the day camp begins, and on the last day of camp. Parents, ageouts, and current corps members are welcome. With enough people volunteering to drive their car or van, only one round trip is anticipated per camp.
Thanks for your help!
The Sacramento Kings Corps, presented by the Sacramento Mandarins performed the National Anthem on Opening Night. See the performance here. What an exciting night, with Sleep Train Arena filled to capacity with a high-energy crowd! The Mandarins are thrilled to be part of Kings owner Vivek Ranadive's "NBA 3.0", and the Kings Corps will be featured at several more games this season.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the new leadership team for the Mandarins 2014 Percussion Section. This combination of performance talent, instructional experience and management expertise has never before been assembled at the Mandarins. We are looking forward to the impact that this team of leaders can make with the percussion section and across the organization.
Sean Womack, Co-Caption Head is looking forward to joining the Mandarins family. He is the co-founder of DoubleStop Percussion, a Birmingham, Alabama-based percussion education company providing percussion instruction for schools throughout the Southeast and co-director of DoubleStop Indoor Percussion. Mr. Womack received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia. He is a former member of Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps and a former staff member of Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Womack also serves as President of the Alabama Percussive Arts Society and is a member of the PAS Marching Percussion Committee. He maintains a studio of percussion students from elementary through high school and is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and arranger throughout the United States. He is a member of Percussive Arts Society, the National Association for Music Education, and the Alabama Music Educators Association and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Adams Musical Instruments, and Evans Drumheads. Mr. Womack is married to Sara, an elementary school music teacher, and is a father of two boys, Will and Mason.
Mark Hunter, Co-Caption Head is honored to become a part of the 2014 Mandarins. A native of Chicago, Mark studied under Bret Kuhn from middle school through his time with The Cavaliers (97-00). A graduate of The University of Kentucky, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance. During that time he studied with James Campbell, Eric Wille, Robert Parks, Michael Aukefer as well as many other guest clinicians in all areas of percussion. Upon graduation, he toured Japan with the 2004 tour of the Tony/Emmy Award winning show Blast!, as the marimba soloist. He will return for his 3rd year to Music City Mystique which has definitely helped round out his knowledge and experience in the marching arts. In the past, Mark has worked for The Colts, Spirit of Atlanta, and The Phantom Regiment as well as many groups in the southeast in all capacities. He resides in Atlanta, GA where he’s involved with South Forsyth High School and The University of West Georgia Drumline.
Robert Bowen, Percussion Manager has been working as a highly sought after percussion designer/ instructor since 1998. In his 14 years as a percussion designer/instructor, he has worked with more than 30 percussion programs at the High School, Independent, and Drum Corps level. Robert currently teaches at four high schools in the Southern California area including Nogales and Trabuco Hills. Most recently he helped to start the Pulse Open percussion program in 2011 where he was the ensemble coordinator and drill designer for the past two years. Robert also writes drill and consults for numerous percussion ensembles across the country. His most influential teacher in his performance upbringing would definitely have to be Mike Jackson. Robert marched under Mike Jackson all through high school and Black Knights Indoor 2002 and 2003 where they won an Independent World silver medal. Robert is grateful for all the knowledge and advice that he has had passed on to him. Robert is endorsed by Vic Firth Drumsticks and Remo Drumheads. He currently lives in Orange, California.
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.
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4. Save the Earth while helping the Mandarins!
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 Executive Director Ray Mar and Corps Director Jim Tabuchi with resolutions recognizing individual and collective achievements for the Mandarins.
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.
The Mandarins are pleased to announce Allexis Holland as our Color Guard Caption Head for the 2014 season. Allexis received her early ballet training in her native Illinois. Upon graduating high school, she continued her studies at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville where she will be graduating this Spring with a B.A. in Dance Performance and English Education. She gained a great deal of her professional ballet training from The Misawa Unique Ballet Company in Misawa, Japan. While with Misawa Unique Ballet, Allexis toured around Northern Japan performing at festivals and annual concerts. At the 2004 annual Company performance, she was honored to become the first American in the company’s history to be given a solo. Allexis has been involved with the Color Guard activity for nine years. She is the current Color Guard Director at Alton High School, and choreographs for several programs around the Illinois-St. Louis Metro Area.
Allexis is very excited to begin this new endeavor with The Mandarins! She is looking forward to yet another amazing, memory-filled summer!
The Mandarins would like to thank Geoff Longo for his work as guard caption head and member of the staff for the past several years. Geoff will be moving on to pursue other professional opportunities, and the Mandarins wish him the best in his future endeavors.
The Mandarins Brass Academy is dedicated to raising the skill level of brass playing for high school and college students motivated to enhance their performance through a careful study of brass performance techniques. The MBA is complementary and supportive of all area band programs. We meet for four sessions, one Sunday per month from September through December. For more information, download and print the flyer here.
Raising Guard Performance to an Art Form, the 2013 Mandarins Guard Academy uses flags, rifles, sabres, and dance in a fun learning environment dedicated to helping guard members grow in their performance level. We meet for four sessions, one Sunday per month from September through December. For more information, download and print the flyer here.
The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce that Key Poulan has accepted the position of Program Director for the 2014 season. In this new position, Poulan will be responsible for all aspects of the show creation, including creative content, design staff management, design schedule, and budget.
“I am extremely excited for the new season, especially after having such a positive crowd and fan response to ‘Destination America.’ We look forward to creating another innovative story for 2014,” said Poulan.
Poulan has been with the Mandarins organization for the past three years helping design “Destination America” (2013), “Prophecy” (2012), and consulting with “Forty Thieves” (2011). During this time he has demonstrated a fantastic ability to work creatively and collaboratively with the design and instructional team.
“We have been very pleased with our entire design team’s incredible work on the past two productions. Key has been an integral part of that success, so with 2014 on the horizon, we look forward to another great show,” said Mandarins Corps Director Jim Tabuchi.
As a composer, arranger, and the owner of Key Poulan Music, Poulan has been recognized as a pioneer of self-publishing within the marching arts. Yielding over 150 compositions and 500 productions, he has served as a music educator throughout all five Clovis Unified School District band programs over the past 25 years. He also founded the nationally acclaimed Buchanan High School Band – winner of over 20 Downbeat Magazine awards in both Classical Symphonic Band and Jazz Band categories. Poulan has been involved with Drum Corps International as a performer, composer, arranger, program coordinator, brass instructor, visual, instructor, and music judge since 1983.
The Sacramento Mandarins is the only American DCI competitive drum and bugle corps with an Asian heritage. The Mandarins blend Asian traditions with drum corps to teach thousands of young men and women the values of respect, leadership, discipline, and good citizenship with a true sense of purpose. 2013 marks the Sacramento Mandarins’ 50th year of providing a wholesome, worthwhile activity for community youth.
With summer here and the corps on the road, we're in serious need of volunteers to staff our Bingo games. We're asking Mandarins alumni -- both parents and former corps members, to give back and work some Bingo games. Without bingo funding, the Mandarins cannot continue as a Drum Corps International World Class drum and bugle corps.
We have two sessions you can volunteer for-- a 12:30 pm Saturday Matinee, and a 6:30 Monday night session. We are located at 9333 Tech Center Drive, Suite 200, in Sacramento. Download a flyer here. Contact our Bingo Manager Janet Wong, for scheduling.
The Mandarins wrapped up Training Camp #3 in Galt, during the week of July 9. Camp concluded with a Tour Send-oiff performance to benefit the Galt / Liberty Union Ensemble (GLUE) Music Boosters. GLUE and Galt High School have hosted three of our Training Camps this season and we thank them for their hospitality and support. See a summary of Send-off day, here.The corps departs for DCI Tour on Friday, with shows starting in Southern California, on toTexas, and then points East.
Our 2nd annual DCI Capital Classic drum and bugle corps competition was an outstanding success. With temperatures down from 110 degrees earlier in the week; great food; and a fantastic lineup of performers, we had a full stadium of fans and alumni enjoying the show. Thanks to Team Members Jim Tabuchi, Walt Banham, Mark MacRae, Cathy & Jerry Sackett, Sy Miyasato, Kathleen Bakergumprecht-Davies, Diane & Danny Chin, Linda & Michael Downs, Scott Jow, Karen Pimlott, and all of their assistants for helping to present an enjoyable evening of entertainment at its best.
Continuing the surprises for it's 50th Anniversary, the Mandarins debuted new uniforms this month. The purple and gold colors are striking, along with the red and golden dragon sash. The new uniforms are symbolic of past uniforms having Mandarin collars and frog buttons, worn during the Ye Wah Drum and Bugle Corps days. The golden dragon represents our 50th anniversary and our wildly-popular dragon t-shirt from the 1970s. We've redesigned this t-shirt to commemorate our 50th anniversary, and you can buy one here.Thanks to our partner Stanbury Uniforms, and our designers for producing our new generation of uniforms; we've received many compliments!
Our 2013 production, "Destination America - The 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.
Thanks to all family, friends, and fans for coming to Family Day to see the Mandarins' debut of their 2013 production, "Destination America - A Journey of the Paper Sons." It was great seeing everybody in the stadium as well as at our pre-show pasta dinner.
The corps'outstanding performance came at the end of a week-long training camp. Many thanks to Harris Middle School and Cosumnes Oaks High School for hosting us. And, congratulations to Kalei Cablay, recipient of our 2013 Ageout Scholarship provided by the Nisei Ambassadors, and to Vyvian Perez, who received out 2013 Felicia Louie Memorial Scholarship.
Thank you for giving where your art is, and supporting the Mandarins with $16,000 in donations during the 24-hour Arts Day of Giving Campaign. Of 88 arts organizations receiving donations, we are in the top 5. Additionally, the Mandarins won the Giving Edge, the Morning Meeting, and the Early Bird Challenge Prizes totalling $3,000.
The Sacramento Mandarins join the first ever 24-hour online giving challenge to support the arts. Donating starts on Monday, April 29th at 4:30am and ends on Tuesday, April 30th at 4:30am. Go to givelocalnow.org and donate to Mandarins of Scramento Inc.
GiveLocalNow, in partnership with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, and For Arts' Sake, will bring to our community the first ever 24 hour giving challenge to support the arts in our region. Day of Giving challenges are being held across the country and are wildly successful, not only in raising much needed dollars, but in increasing the visibility of participating organizations and exposing them to potential new supporters. For donors, this is the perfect day to give, as their donation will be eligible for a match! Truly a win-win.
On April 29, at 4:20 a.m., givelocanow.org will be transformed for 24 hours into a dynamic event day website. The Sacramento Mandarins will ask you to visit givelocalnow.org to donate. In addtion, over 20 restaurants, coffee houses and other venues will be providing a special gift to those that donate, and free arts and cultural performances will be happening throughout the region.
The Sacramento Mandarins profile can be viewed here.
The GivingEdge is a gift to our community, which has been made possible by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, Bank of America, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the RCA Community Fund.
For more information about the GivingEdge contact the Sacramento Region Community Foundation at 916.921.7723 or email@example.com.
The Sacramento Mandarins are thrilled to announce that Executive Director Ray Mar was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall Of Fame, Class of 2013. Ray and his wife Esther have been involved with the Mandarins and the drum corps community for thirty years. In 1983, the Mandarins were struggling to recruit both marching and staff members. Under Ray's leadership, the corps returned to the competition field, winning eight Drum Corps International World Championship titles and two Spirit of Disney awards, recognizing outstanding achivement in educational and entertainment programs for youth.
Prior to the Mandarins becoming a Division I corps, Ray was Vice Chairman of the DCI Division II/III Advisory Committee, where he worked with new corps and advised them about setting realistic goals and building their organizaitons. Indeed, many then-A60 and Division II/III corps looked to the Mandarins as an example of "how to do drum corps right."
Few Directors stay with an organization for 30 years, especially for no compensation. But Ray says his reward is in seeing young people succeed and take through college, professions, and adulthood the life skills learned in the Mandarins. It is fitting that the Mandarins 50th Anniversary events include the addition of Ray "Mr. Mar" to the DCI Hall of Fame, where he and the Mandarins are in good company with the best of the best.
The Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps announce its 2013 production, “DESTINATION AMERICA: Journey of the Paper Sons.”
In China, as in many foreign lands, America was seen as the land of hope. People willingly left their families, risked dangerous travel, faced prejudice and harsh conditions, all for the promise of a better life.
After the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and subsequent fires that destroyed numerous public records, many Chinese claimed to have been born in San Francisco in order to gain American citizenship. Some families even reported having a child, often a son, although none ever existed. “
This opened up a ‘slot’ for a child with no family relationships to emigrate from China to America and have a family. The boys who immigrated in this way were referred to as ‘paper sons’ and our show tells the story of that adventure,” said the Design Coordinator and Brass Composer Key Poulan.
The Mandarins 2013 show is an ambitious project that brings this complex, emotional story to the drum corps field. The music will develop from Asian to American scores as the audience follows a “paper son” on his journey to the United States.
“The Mandarins were originally founded for the Sacramento Chinese-American community, so we are excited for the opportunity to share the history of our Chinese heritage with our audience,” said Program Facilitator Dr. Dan Fong.
The Sacramento Mandarins are the only American DCI competitive drum and bugle corps with an Asian heritage. The Mandarins blend Asian traditions with drum corps to teach thousands of young men and women the values of respect, leadership, discipline, and good citizenship with a true sense of purpose. 2013 marks the Sacramento Mandarins’ 50th year of providing a wholesome, worthwhile activity for community youth.
We've launched our Year of the Golden Dragon Fund Drive, to help ensure the Mandarins continue to provide a legacy of excellence and to shape our young people into responsible adults. We invite you to participate in this worthy campaign by donating today. See more information on the flyer here. Thank you for your support!
At our March Camp, local Chase bank representatives presented the Mandarins with a $20,000 check -- part of the Chase Community Giving program. Chase donated $5,000,000 to 196 charities, based on the number of Facebook votes from family, friends, and supports. We thank Chase for the generous donation, which will go towards new uniforms for the Mandarins.
Kitchen volunteers are needed to help prepare, serve, and clean up during camps and on the road. We serve four meals per day to a very appreciative group of great kids. No experience necessary. Please email Booster Manager Cathy Sackett or call 916-799-4953 for more info.
Truck driving is a critical part of supporting the Mandarins. The trucks and trailer carry all of the members' performance equipment as well as food supplies and cooking equipment. You will always be driving with another volunteer driver, and you usually will be in a convoy of trucks and buses. Your valid class C driver's license and an 18th birthday is all that is required to apply. A transportation staff member will give you an orientation to the pleasures of driving. If you are interested in being certified as a transportation volunteer or need more information, contact our Transportation Coordinator, Jerry Sackett.
At the recent Mandarins Awards Banquet, corps members chose Corey Jones as their Outstanding Member of 2012. Recipients must know enough about the Mandarins and the drum corps activity to provide leadership, set good examples, demonstrate maturity, and encourage and maintain Esprit de Corps, among other tasks. Prior to his Drum Major role during his 2012 ageout season, Corey marched in the brass and percussion sections. We wish Corey well, as he takes to the Marines the lessons and skills he learned in the Mandarins.
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Elk Grove, CA is the Preferred Hotel of the Sacramento Mandarins. Perfect for our out-of-area staff, members, and parents who travel to Sacramento for camps and other Mandarins events.
The rooms have two queen-size beds and a complementary breakfast is included, all for only $69 plus tax ($77 per night) room rate. Mention that you are with the Sacramento Mandarins, to enjoy this special rate.
The hotel is located at 9175 W. Stockton Blvd., right off Highway 99 and the Laguna Blvd. exit in Elk Grove, CA. Restaurants, shopping, and theatres are close by. You can reach the Hotel Front Desk at (916) 478-9000.
Thank you to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Elk Grove, for supporting the Mandarins!
Rob 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.
The World Class ensembles of Drum Corps International have come together to bring new options, new features and new digital content directly to fans, adding to the largest collection of online drum corps media anywhere!
Drum Corps International and the Mandarins are incredibly pleased to announce the return and expansion of one of the most ambitious Web-based undertakings since DCI's founding some 37 years ago. The Mandarins, along with the other DCI World Class corps have come together in a collaborative effort to take the wraps off of the totally redesigned and wildly expanded “Fan Network,” which now gives fans of drum corps across the world the chance to enjoy a spectacular, dizzying array of media options unlike anything ever offered before. Featuring unlimited and exclusive access to ALL of the action from the Mandarins and ALL of the World Class corps on the 2009 Drum Corps International Tour, great new features will help you catch every note of the excitement. But that's just the beginning!
Giving you ultimate access to the Mandarins and the other World Class corps of DCI… At your fingertips… 24 hours a day…
Organized into several different content sections, the Fan Network is set up for easy viewing and direct access to all available digital assets from the Mandarins and the other participating corps.
Spotlight ’09 & Off the Field (FREE viral videos) • Daily features, with up-to-the-minute exclusive drum corps news and entertaining glimpses from the 2009 DCI Tour • Exclusive backstage features posted from “embedded” corps video crews crisscrossing the country as they take to the road with the Mandarins and other corps. Now offered absolutely FREE to all drum corps fans for 2009!
On Demand ’09 & On the Field (subscription based) • Webcasts from select 2009 DCI Tour events tentatively scheduled for Annapolis, MD; Stanford, CA; Denver, CO; San Antonio, TX; Atlanta, GA and Indianapolis, IN … subject to change with the addition of more events • Post-show replay available for on-demand viewing of complete corps performances from select locations – including all Webcast events and more • Unlimited access to the entire Drum Corps International audio/video vault – including all of the Top 12 World Championship performances since 1974 • Audio and Video downloads of your all-time favorite performances – from “the classics” to the current day
Your favorite Fan Network features in a new user-friendly interface…
Fan Network programmers have been hard at work during the off-season developing a new user-interface to give fans the ultimate online drum corps experience. Among some of the new features you'll see: • A streamlined browsing experience to access and switch between your favorite corps channels with ease • Improved video filtering and search functionality • BIGGER and better video quality
Now available in two affordable subscription options…
The $39 Fan Network Subscription will give you access to Video on Demand of corps performances from select 2009 events, access to all current-year and historical video archives, discounts on audio and video downloads, in addition to all of the free content provided by your favorite corps.
The $59 Fan Network Plus Subscription will give you all of the great features of a regular subscription, PLUS access to all live Webcasts of some of Drum Corps International’s biggest events, and more!
The new Mandarins Fan Network gives you complete access to this impressive display of media content for 365 days a year. Can't get enough drum corps action? Well, NOW is the time to join! And, when you subscribe through the Mandarins Website, the corps receives a percentage of the subscription fee.
Check it out -- and subscribe today to some incredible drum corps content, while helping the Mandarins at the same time!
If your are marching with us in 2014, you and/or your supporters can work your required three Bingo shifts now, even before you join!
To support the Corps, all members are required to work 3 bingo shifts within 60 days of joining the corps. Bingo is our main fundraiser. Remember that to put you on the field will take several thousand dollars beyond what you will pay. Bingo provides that money.
Our bingo sessions are every week on Saturday afternoons and Monday evenings. A shift is about 5 hours long, and you work with other members and volunteers. You must be 18 or older to work in the Bingo Hall. If you are under 18, family members and friends who are over 18 can work for you.
After you work your required 3 sessions, you can earn travel credits for each full session that you or your supporters work that will help defray your Tour and Participation Fee.
To get more information, download the 2013 Membership Handbook here.To schedule your Bingo, you must call or email our Bingo Manager, Janet Wong, BEFORE you work. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and her phone number is (916) 421-4052.
Most of us find working bingo to be an enjoyable time. And the more sessions you work, the more credit you earn! Call or email now!
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.
If you wish to have a visit at your school by our Mandarins Recruitment Team, contact Dan Fong at email@example.com. A short video presentation followed by a question and answer period is available to all students in your performing arts program. Arrangements can be made to best suit your school schedule.
We need the help of parents, alumni, and supporters to help staff our Bingo games. Bingo funds the expense of operating a world-class, touring champion drum and bugle corps. Even with our all-volunteer Administrative Staff, it takes lots of money to support the Mandarins' winter training and summer competition programs.
Please volunteer to help at our Monday evening and/or Saturday afternoon games, held at the Mayhew Bingo Center, 9333 Tech Center Drive, near Folsom Blvd, and Highway 50. It's fun, plus you'll get the satisfaction of knowing your participation helps sustain our unique youth activity. Friends and alumni are welcome to help, too! No experience necessary, because we will train you.
Please contact Bingo Manager Janet Wong for times and scheduling. Thanks in advance, for your help!