President and CEO's Message
It is my honor and privilege to serve as your President and CEO of the Mandarins of Sacramento, Inc. Those of you who know me are aware that I’ve been involved with this organization since I was 12 years old. I’ve been a marching member in the brass section, a brass instructor, the brass caption head, music arranger, on the design team, on the Board of Directors, and the Health and Wellness Co-director.
But serving in this current position is the most humbling because of all of YOU! Whether you are actively involved now, an alum, or a Fandarin, I am committed to serving YOU. You are the reason this organization is highly respected, purposefully active, and totally committed to making our community better.
I cannot go on without honoring the past President and CEO Jim Tabuchi. He served as our fearless leader for the past 11 years and transformed us into the multi-facetted organization we are today. Not only have we added a full-sized equipment trailer (Dragon) and a traveling food service trailer (Mushu), we now have a beautiful 12,000 sq. ft. home called the Mandarins Music Center (MMC) just off of Bradshaw Road that holds our Bingo, a rehearsal hall, private lesson studios, and business offices. But he didn’t stop there. He implemented Mandarins Entertainment (Kings, Nascar, etc.), the Mandarins Music Academy (music education taught in elementary schools), Pathways (drumming classes for youth in the Sacramento detention center), and maintained a viable Bingo program during the COVID pandemic. Thank you, Jim, for all you’ve done and for continuing to serve as the Executive Advisor.
The transition to this leadership position is not possible without the support of your Board of Directors. It is their undying dedication to the Mandarins that helped smooth the transition. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I encourage you to keep watching the Mandarins. Our flagship drum corps WILL be on the field in 2021, and will entertaining all the way to Indianapolis in August. We will also have a LIVE! event at the MMC on July 11, 2021. Join me in supporting our drum corps and music education. More information to come.
I’m here for you. Message me anytime if you wish to chat. Let’s go, Mandarins!
Dr. Daniel Fong
President and CEO