Corps Information 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)

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 "DCI Parents: Overview" page, on the Drum Corps International website.

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Jim Tabuchi Executive Director 916-719-7368
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Ike Jackson Program Director
Mario Ramirez Creative Director
Key Poulan Brass Arranger
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Bryan Nungaray Percussion / Front Ensemble Arranger
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Caption Head
Michael Samson
Caption Head
Mario Ramirez
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Rudy Arzaga
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Brandi Ramirez
Jonathan Wicks
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Patrick Keeley
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Justin Mons
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Zakk Hollander
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Marcus Stone
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Nicole Davis
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Shane Montoya
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Gordon Janda
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Clark Cothran
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Xavier Brackett
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Mary Cowperthwait
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Abby Zarate
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Gabe Gounaris
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Jimmy Nguyen
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Bryan Nungaray
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Ernie McLaurin
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Founded in 1963, the Sacramento Mandarins provide the ideal balance of education, family values, personal time, and the blending of Asian traditions with drum corps. The Mandarins are committed to the growth of the lives of young people through a commitment to youth development and performance excellence while providing enjoyment for the Sacramento community and audiences worldwide.

Recent honors and awards of distinction: two-time recipient of the prestigious Spirit of Disney award, signifying outstanding achievement in educational and entertainment programs for youth; Drum Corps International Division III World Champions in 1987, 1988, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999; Drum Corps International Division II World Champions in 2001; Drum Corps International Pacific Division III Champions in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999, and DCI Pacific Division II California State Champions in 2000 and 2001; Drum Corps International Division I Semifinalist in 2001, 2005, and 2006; Drum Corps International World Class Quarterfinalist in 2008-2010; and Drum Corps International World Class Semifinalist in 2011-2017.

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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