Corps Information 2016 Production: FORBIDDEN FOREST

2016 Production

For their 2016 program, Mandarins are adhering to a creative design approach that is now in its fifth successful year. Over the course of four movements, the audience should be able to envision the forest of the title and hear the dark foreboding call of a mysterious woman/siren who attempts to lure the corps into its depths. The internal struggle to resist that pull causes tension, which is reflected in the music: all original work by composers Key Poulan, Mark Hunter, and Sean Womack, with the second movement nodding to Roger Julia’s “Devilish Love” from the soundtrack to the 2008 film The Garden of Eden (based on the Ernest Hemingway novel). The percussion feature uses color guard weapons and coordinated choreography to present a “battle,” from which the corps eventually emerges triumphant.

Repertoire
Movement 1: Into the Forest
Movement 2: The Calling (Inspired by Devilish Love from Hemingway’s Garden of Eden)
Movement 3: Our Demons Within
Movement 4: Triumph of our Inner Self

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  
Diane Chin Bingo Manager 916-919-5012
Cathy Sackett Booster Manager 916-799-4953
Cris Flores Personnel Manager 916-225-2599
Jerry Sackett Transportation Manager 916-541-9430
PROGRAM DESIGNERS AND ARRANGERS
Key Poulan Program Coordinator, Music Director, Brass Composer/Arranger
Peter Weber Drill Designer
Sean Womack Percussion Caption Head / Front Ensemble Arranger
Mark Hunter Percussion Co-Caption Head / Battery Arranger
Robert Bowen Percussion Co-Caption Head / Percussion Design Consultant
Andy Mroczek Color Guard Choreographer/Designer
INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF
PERCUSSION BRASS VISUAL COLOR GUARD
Sean Womack
Co-Caption Head
Dr. Dan Fong
Co-Caption Head
Ron Munekawa
Co-Caption Head
Brent Dunlap
Caption Head
 
Mark Hunter
Co-Caption Head
Mark Trulson
Co-Caption Head
Chris Huebschle
Co-Caption Head
Becca Vogt
Guard Technician
 
Robert Bowen
Co-Caption Head
Chris Tomsa
Brass Supervisor
Chris Baudino
Visual Technician
Caleb Brown
Guard Technician
 
Matthew Howell
Mgr/Snare Tech
Dr. Larry Markiewicz
Brass Supervisor
Micah F. Masterson
Visual Technician
Patrick Williams
Guard Technician
 
Reuben Rodriguez
Front Ens Mgr /Tech
Steve Bentley
High Brass Tech
Justin Mons
Visual Technician
   
Rich Hinshaw
Snare Tech
Dr. Doug Harris
High Brass Tech
Garrison Walker
Visual Technician
   
James Catherall
Tenor Tech
Igor Fedorov
High Brass Tech
Matthew Robeson
Visual Technician
   
Nicholas Martiniak
Tenor Tech
Justin Duvall
High Brass Tech
Nick Kinavey
Visual Technician
   
Kent Lineberry
Tenor Tech
Dr. Dan Fong
High Brass Tech
Joseph Hayes
Visual Technician
   
Aaron Ferris
Bass Tech
Jake Ball
High Brass Tech
Chris DaPrato
Conditioning Coach
   
Vanessa Gomez
Bass Tech
Shawn McElhaney
Low Brass Tech
Joel Kinne
Conditioning Coach
   
Ernie McLaurin
Cymbal Tech
George Miles
Low Brass Tech
     
Ohnyale Patterson
Cymbal Tech
Milt Gee
Low Brass Tech
     
Colin Slavin
Cymbal Tech
Mark Trulson
Low Brass Tech
     
Patrick Manning
Front Ens Tech
Bryan Stroh
Low Brass Tech
     
Marcus Neudigate
Front Ens. Tech
Chris Langton
Low Brass Tech
     
Shelby Shelton
Front Ens. Tech
Mary Cowperthwait
Low Brass 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; and Drum Corps International Division I Semifinalist in 2001, 2005, and 2006.

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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