Mandarins Advisory Board

Thank you for your interest in the newly created Advisory Board for the Mandarins of Sacramento, Inc.

The Mandarins are known for its nationally acclaimed Drum & Bugle Corps; but the Mandarins
are much more than that, serving the greater Sacramento community through its numerous
programs and initiatives. Mandarins have provided the gift of music to thousands of youth during
the past 60 years! The programs are inclusive and open to all participants, exemplified by its
special needs program, at-risk initiative and drum and bugle corps, which is known as one of
the most, if not the most, diverse corps in the nation.
In September 2024, Mandarins are launching an Advisory Board of qualified members, from a
variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences, to provide input on strategic initiatives
including community programs and fundraising activities. The selected board members will
meet four times a year and be ambassadors of the Mandarins in fundraising and community
In addition to providing input and assisting in getting the “word out” on various
initiatives/events, Advisory Board Members are expected to attend quarterly meetings and at
least one event (e.g., golf tournament, corps show, etc.) annually and meet an annual
fundraising commitment, via member self or referrals.
As a preview for prospective Advisory Board candidates/members, there are three special
event options this Spring/Summer including the Dragon Golf Classic Tournament (Saturday,
May 18), Sneak Peek Friends & Family Show (Saturday, June 22) and the DCI Capital Classic
Drum Corps show (Sunday, July 7, hosted at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College).

Application can be found below.

For more details click on “Advisory Board Description,” below.

About the Mandarins – it’s more than the Corps

The Mandarins are nationally celebrated for its stellar achievements on the field of competition, routinely one of the very best drum & bugle corps in worldwide.  Their achievements have provided recognition to Mandarins, which has allowed the organization to establish and extend the gift of music throughout the great Sacramento youth community, via these programs:

  • Mandarins Music Academy–providing the “gift of music” to over 1,300 students in the 2023/4 academic school year, in partnership with the Elk Grove Unified School District, KHS America and Alfred Music.  Looking to expand this program.
  • Pathways (At-Risk youth program)–dedicated to enriching the lives of incarcerated youth within the Department of Justice, with a music curriculum based on leadership skills, social-emotional support and teambuilding, preparing them for re-entry into society. 
  • Special Needs Program–enhancing the lives of over 100 special needs students at the Jessie Baker Elementary Schook in Elk Grove thru music education.  Looking to expand this program.
  • Immortal Winds (indoor competition)–Mandarins newest competitive ensemble for brass and woodwind musicians, providing an opportunity for local youth musicians to showcase their talents and push their artistic abilities.  The 2023 ensemble went undefeated in its inaugural season. 
  • Mandarins Entertainment–an all-inclusive professional music ensemble, performing throughout the Northern California Community, including grand openings, dedications, social celebrations (weddings, birthdays, etc.) and professional sporting events.
  • Incubator for Music Professionals–through these programs and the drum & bugle corps, Mandarins provide training, development and a foundation for the next generation of music professionals–performers, educators and instructors.
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