Alumni Stories

Since 1963, the Ye Wah and the Mandarins organization has offered young men and women a rewarding activity combining the Performing Arts with discipline, pride, good citizenship and sportsmanship, Asian traditions, and other important values. Adding friendships, travel, common goals, and more makes the “Mandarins Experience” a unique one, unlike any other youth program.

We hope this has helped our Alumni throughout their teenage, young adult, and adult years. Indeed, many have become doctors, teachers, dentists, lawyers, engineers, and parents, among other successful careers. But what has the “Mandarins Experience” meant to them, and what have they gained through it? Select the names below, for stories. We sincerely thank Alumni Members who have graciously allowed us to share their thoughts with you.

Family Day Feast

Once again, Mama Jeannie organized her kitchen crew to help cook and serve dinner at the Mandarins’ Family Day on June 13, 2015. 

The menu of fried rice, veggie chow mein, lumpia, grilled teriyaki chicken, salad, and oranges was a big hit with the appreciative corps members. 

Thanks to Jeannie, Karen, Linda, Terri, Marilyn, Joyce, Scott, Chris, and Steve for continuing the tradition. Mandarins Kitchen Crew Manager Cathy Sackett said, “We sooo look forward to having the Alumni group come and cook for us. You really blessed our kiddoes!” 

And her assistant Jo Ann Tabuchi said “We are so grateful for the alumni’s loving support! Thank you so much for the delicious dinner!”

2015 alumni

DCI Tour Kitchen Crew

dci alumni kitchen crew

Several decades after they marched in the Ye Wah Color Guard, Jennie and Joyce returned to the Mandarins as Kitchen Crew members for the 2014 DCI Summer Tour. 

Word has it that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and the hard work didn’t slow them down at all! 

Booster Club and kitchen crew manager Cathy Sackett said it was a blast having Jennie and Joyce on her team. 

Alumni, here’s your chance to give back to the corps by volunteering for kitchen crew duties. Inquire here for more information.

DCI Capital Classic

Did you know that the Mandarins’ annual DCI Capital Classic is one of the finest drum and bugle corps shows in Northern California?

That’s right — the stadium is always filled to capacity with a crowd eager to watch corps performances while enjoying delicious Chinese food from our concession stand.

Calling all alumni members — we can always use your help with parking control, cooking, ushering, tickets, and more.

Email us, to let us know how you can help.

DCI Capital Classic Alumni

Mandarins Family Day

Alumni Cooks

The Mandarins hosts their annual Family Day, happening at the end of their June Training Camp. 

It’s an opportunity for alumni, friends, and supporters to watch the public debut of the corps’ field production each year. Corps Members work extremely hard during Training Camp and this year, Alumni Members gave back by cooking and serving dinner for the appreciative kids. 

Thanks to Steve, Elliott, Joyce, Karen, Jennie, Doug, and Scott for giving the regular Mandarins Kitchen Crew a break from preparing one of more than 4,200 meals served during Training Camp. 

We hope to see other alumni join us next year.

50th Anniversary Celebration

We celebrated our Golden Anniversary on September 21, 2013, with over 360 alumni corps members, instructors, and family.

The Planning Committee did a great job with location, souvenirs, entertainment, and more. 

Many thanks to Marilyn Chin, Roxie Tom, Diana Gin, Jim Tabuchi, Steve Wong, Alan Chinn. Karen Wu, Scott Jow, Jillene Sturgess-DaPrato, Kim Wong, Chris Thorntona, Jennie Fong, and Lonnie Wong for a magical evening.