Mandarins Music Academy

Online Leadership Course Staff

Kelley Ho


Kelley is an Asian American theatre artist and leader. Growing up in Sacramento, California, she found her calling in the performing arts while playing the flute in her elementary school's band program. At University of California, Irvine, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama (Honors in Directing) and a minor in Art History. Most of her creative experience lies in arts management, directing for the stage, and marching band. She has seven consecutive years of experience as a drum major including four years in the Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps. She has also spent the past five years teaching different levels of marching band leadership teams all over California and Hawaii. Kelley is currently assistant directing for HERO Theatre in Los Angeles. | instagram: @kelleyho

Marvin Reed


Marvin Reed resides in the Bay area, where he is a Third Grade Teacher at Thousand Oaks Elementary School (Berkeley Unified School District). He holds a B.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in Higher Education and Leadership Policies, and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from California State University, Sacramento, where he was the Drum Major of the Hornet Marching Band. Marvin has judged and worked with many prestigious Marching Band programs around California (Granite Bay, Foothill (Pleasanton), Amador Valley, John F. Kennedy, Ayala, American Canyon, Elk Grove, Laguna Creek, California, and Ponderosa HS.) Marvin has been part of the Concord Blue Devils organization (Blue Devils 'B' and the Blue Devils “A” Corps). Marvin has also been the Drum Major coordinator for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps is the Assistant Corps Director of Blue Devils 'B'. Outside of the marching arts, Marvin has served as a Camp Director for summer camps. He supervised 21+ staff members and provided professional leadership development for counselors in training. Marvin also serves as a board member for Teaching Tolerance; a program affiliated with the Southern Poverty Law Center focusing on curriculum that supports students and teachers in social justice standards for 21st century learning. Marvin is looking forward to inspiring and impacting our future leaders of leaders this summer!

Santiago Sabado


Santiago Sabado is from Shingle Springs, CA. He holds his Master of Music in Instrumental Wind Conducting, and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Sacramento State University as well as his Teaching Credential in Music. While attending Sac State he studied trumpet with Gary Dilworth and conducting with Dr. Clay Redfield and Dr. Robert Halseth. Since 2006, Santiago has held several positions at the Mandarins. He marched for four years, starting on trumpet and moving to drum major for the remainder of his years as a member. Upon aging out, Santiago taught on instructional staff from 2010-2015, and served as the Brass Co-Caption Head for his final two years. He now directs the Mandarins Summer Academy and serves on the Mandarins Board of Directors. Santiago has successfully taught all grades K-12 throughout his career. He previously held the position of Director of Instrumental Music at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, CA where he served as the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair. He was also the Director of Music for Pioneer Union School District in Somerset, CA. He is currently the Director of Athletic Bands at Sacramento State University, the Director of Bands for Camerado Springs Middle School, and an elementary band teacher at Blue Oak and Buckeye elementary schools. During the summer, Santiago teaches at the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp in Pollock Pines, CA. He is a founder and host of the Gold Country Jazz Festival, has served as an adjudicator for Northern California Band Association and CMEA, and has been a Guest Conductor for many honor bands in the greater Sacramento area. Santiago has also served as the Vice President and President for CMEA Capitol Section. Santiago is passionate about music and even more passionate about students. He believes that music is transformative and all students should have access to a high quality music education at every stage of a student's academic career and life.

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