President and CEO
Jim Tabuchi is the President and CEO of the Sacramento Mandarins. He began with the Mandarins when he was a lead soprano, mellophone and flugelhorn player in the late 70's and early 80's and is known as one of the first non-Chinese members of the Mandarins. He went on to earn an Electrical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington, respectively. He had a successful career in high-tech, working at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. He held numerous leadership and senior management positions such as the Asia Region Manager, Business Development Manager, Worldwide Marketing Manager and Strategic Planning Manager. He retired early and on his first day of retirement he joined back with the Mandarins first as a trumpet tech, then he was "demoted" to become the Corps Director in 2009 and was "demoted" again to become the Executive Director in 2013. Most recently he has been "demoted" to the Drum Corps International Board of Directors where he is the Chair of the Strategic Marketing Committee, and a member of the Finance and Member Affairs Committees. In Jim's "spare time" he was the Program Director for the Catalyst Leadership Development Program and is a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors for the American Leadership Forum. He is also a Director of Organizational Development at Kaiser Hospital in South Sacramento. Jim has amazing support from his wife Jo Ann and twin boys, Nick and Tim, who are also alumni of the Mandarins Brass Section.
J.W. Koester has served as director or manager with several top-tier corps such as: Phantom Regiment during the 2008 DCI World Championship season, Santa Clara Vanguard during the 1999 DCI World Championship season, Vanguard Cadets during the 1991 and 1993 Division II finalist seasons, and most recently as the Corps Director for Spirit of Atlanta. He also worked with Drum Corps International (DCI) as the national coordinator for Division II & III corps. In 2018, he was inducted into the Santa Clara Vanguard Hall of Fame.In his 30 years as a designer, instructor and consultant, Koester has worked with performing ensembles throughout eight states. A percussionist since 1967, he has performed with groups including the Santa Clara Vanguard (winning three DCI World Championships and five Best Percussion Section Awards), the San Jose State University Marching Band, the West Valley College Wind and Percussion Ensembles, and numerous community theater musical productions. Koester is currently Lead Instructor for the Price Charter School Winter Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Coordinator for Oak Grove High School Marching Band and Winter Percussion Ensemble, and also a Project Engineer with a semi-conductor capital equipment company.
Ray Mar, or "Mr. Mar", as he is known to the marching members, started his involvement as a parent booster in 1982 and became corps director in 1983. At the time, the corps was in the midst of a rebuilding period and was functioning solely as a parade corps. Under Ray’s leadership, the Mandarins returned to the field in 1984 and made an appearance at the DCI Championships in 1986. While narrowly missing finals that year, the experience provided a base upon which to build for the future. The Mandarins went on to win eight DCI World Championships including seven in Division III and one in Division II in 2001. The corps was also twice awarded the prestigious Spirit of Disney award, signifying outstanding achievement in educational and entertainment programs for youth. Under Ray’s direction, the Mandarins entered the Division One ranks, making a successful debut in 2003. In 2013, Ray was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame. After 30 years as corps director and executive director, Ray now serves as an advisor to the Mandarins.
Instrument Equipment Manager
Dr. Dan Fong
Co-Director, Health & Wellness Team
"Dr. Dan” marched nine years with the Sacramento Mandarins where he was a soprano and mellophone soloist and one season with the Seattle Imperials. He received the Joe Fong Award for the Most Outstanding member in 1981. Dan has written every Mandarins field show brass chart from 1982 until 2011. He was the Mandarins’ Brass Caption Head from 1982-1993, from 2005-2008, and from 2012- 2016. He currently arranges music for the Mandarins Brass Academy, a program that teaches brass students of all skill levels in the Sacramento region. He remains active teaching several high school bands in the Sacramento area and the Sac State Marching Band.Dan is in private practice as an optometrist in Sacramento where he resides with his wife Patty. In 2018, he was Co-Director of the Mandarins Health and Wellness Program along with Kim Wong. “Being involved with the Mandarins from the medical side blends both my passion and profession. I can’t think of a better way to give back to the community and be a positive influence for these talented young performers!”