Mandarins Staff Up for Brass Educational Excellence

We are pleased to announce the Mandarins 2019 Brass Staff with a focus on Brass Educational Excellence. Once again leading this team will be returning Brass Caption Manager Tim Snyder.

Corps Director JW Koester shared his views that “The Mandarins 2018’s brass staff was exceptional in their educational approach to teaching brass. They were able to convey the right message at the right time as they taught the members their fundamentals and show music. Tim and his team have earned the opportunity to take the brass line to even higher levels of excellence in 2019.”

Snyder commented, “I’m extremely fortunate to have these talented educators here at the Mandarins. Our brass team embraces the tradition of excellence we are striving to achieve. The Mandarins brass staff is composed of dedicated, selfless individuals, committed to growing our brass membership through an educationally based philosophy rich in drum corps tradition mixed with current trends in educational philosophy. Our entire team has a wealth of knowledge that spans decades in the activity. I’m proud to call them my friends, colleagues and mentors.”

The Mandarins 2019 Brass Staff is composed of Tim Snyder, Brass Caption Manager; Aaron Wells, Brass Consultant; Seth Murphy, Brass Consultant; Patrick Keeley, Trumpet Tec; Connor Vaughn, Trumpet Tech; Brandt Mackinzey, Mellophone Tech; Christian DeJongh, Mellophone Tech; Carol Weirich, High Brass Intern; Shane Montoya, Euphonium Tech; Dexx Moore, Euphonium Tech; Jeremy Basso, Euphonium Tech; Gordon Janda, Tuba Tech; Mary Duerkop, Tuba Tech; Dan Herrick, Tuba Tech; and Gabe Gallegos, Low Brass Intern.

As a former Mandarins brass player and instructor, I was treated first hand to experience the dramatic improvements in our brass quality of sound. I am excited to hear what this team can produce in 2019” stated Jim Tabuchi, Mandarins Executive Director.

2019 Season Auditions Begin in California and Texas (Brass)

The first 2019 audition camps will begin in November and December in California and Texas (Brass Only). For a full 2019 audition schedule and a list of all staff bios, visit

The Sacramento Mandarins for the first time in the corps 55 year history achieved its highest ranking, finishing 10th in Drum Corps International Finals Competition. The Mandarins are proud to have impacted the lives of thousands of youth, teaching them the values of respect, leadership, discipline, and good citizenship with a true sense of purpose. Learn more at

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