Who We Are
The Sacramento Mandarins mission of “Transforming Lives Through Performing Arts” continues to drive the progress of our organization. Never in the 57-year history of the Mandarins have we served so many youths.
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.
The Mandarins have been awarded the GuideStar Platinum Seal — the highest level of recognition for organizations which have created and shared progress and results about their mission.
Recent honors and awards of distinction: 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; Drum Corps International World Class Semifinalist in 2011-2017; and Drum Corps International World Class Finalist in 2018-2019. Additionally, the Mandarins are two-time recipients of the prestigious Spirit of Disney Award, signifying outstanding achievement and excellence in educational and entertainment programs for youth. The Mandarins are in the Top 10 of all drum and bugle corps worldwide.
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.
President and CEO is Jim Tabuchi.
Corps Director is JW Koester.
For additional information about the corps, please contact Mandarins Public Relations.