Experience Camps

Welcome to the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps. Thank you for considering our program. We are looking forward to celebrating our 60th Anniversary in 2023! Our 2023 audition and experience camp dates will be announced soon.

Mandarins Facebook Interest Groups are also available as sources of information:

Please contact the appropriate caption for audition information if you’re unable to find what you need in the website.


We’re extremely excited to know that you’re interested in spending your summer as a member of our Mandarins Family!  Whether it’s your first time auditioning or you’re hoping to return to the organization for another season, we are eager to welcome you.  Your journey to excellence starts here, at one of our 2023 audition events, to be announced soon.


The Audition materials are included when registering for an Experience Camp.  You will receive a confirmation email, after completing the registration process, with a link to download the materials


You can purchase audition materials at the Mandarins Marketplace here for an additional cost.

Navigate to the Audition Materials and select the materials you’re interested in purchasing. After your purchase is complete, you will receive an email with a download link to the materials. Make sure your email address is correct when completing the checkout process.

  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn.
  • All musicians: three ring binder with plastic sleeves and a pencil.
  • Change of clothes for the weekend. Plan to dress in layers. It will be warm in the gym. Since we are in California, where the climate is good, we will also likely be outside, so you will need to have warm clothes for that as well.
  • Comfortable marching shoes.
  • Your own instrument / guard equipment (in particular brass) if possible, to ensure you have something to use throughout the audition weekends.
  • (Note: all meals will be provided for the entire weekend).
  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn.
  • Three ring binder with plastic sleeves and a pencil.
  • Plan to dress in layers. If the weather is good we may spend part of the day outside.
  • Comfortable marching shoes.
  • Your own brass instrument as the corps will not provide instruments.  Percussion equipment will be provided.

Auditions will give the staff an idea of your music, marching, movement, and equipment handling skills.

Think of your first rehearsal as a chair placement for an honor band rather than an “audition”.

We will also be looking at several other factors, including:

  • Positive attitude.
  • Work ethic.
  • Commitment to effort.
  • Ability to focus and follow directions.
  • Ability to learn exercises.
  • Ability to process information and instruction and apply it to exercises.
  • Ability to handle constructive criticism in a positive manner.
  • Interaction with other audionees.
  • Ability to attend all camps and move into Spring Training in the Sacramento area on May 26, 2022 (some flexibility is allowed due to school commitments but this IS our expectation).


In addition to an audition in a rehearsal setting, each prospective member will also be interviewed by the appropriate caption head.

Our marching member Code of Conduct can be found here. This will give you an idea of our organization’s expectation for its members.

Oh yes, in case you think we forgot to mention this: enjoy yourself! Stay positive and don’t lose sight of your goals and objectives. You are here because you enjoy doing this, and the staff does recognize your effort in coming to be here with us.

Commitment, dedication, and teamwork are the cornerstones of our organization. The Mandarins are rich with 55 years of tradition and pride. We encourage your participation, and look forward to seeing you soon.

“This is long overdue, but I just wanted to share my gratitude towards Mandarins and everyone that’s involved in it. I feel blessed to have been part of something so special. I never thought that I’d be able to feel the way I did after quarterfinals/semifinals because I couldn’t stop smiling after those shows. When you feel like giving up, just remember to hold your head up high and be proud of what you do. We’ve all literally poured our blood, sweat, and tears into this show. I’ve met the most amazing, talented, and kind hearted young adults. Although we’ve gone our separate ways, I’m constantly reminded that Mandarins will always be my home. I’m glad that I chose to age out with Mandarins, and I feel honored to be an alumni. I hope to see everyone again in the future. Until then, just remember………..GET IT! – Van Anh Tran”


The 2022 member fee is $4,100.00 per member.
Returning members receive a $100.00 discount for each year they have marched ($100.00 for one year, $200.00 for two years, $300.00 for three years, etc.)
Scholarships are available (members must submit applications by May 1 @ 11:30 PM, the April camp)
Membership: make the first payment of $900.00 and complete all required paperwork within 10 days of receiving membership offer from the corps director (via email).
Member fees must be paid in full by May 19, 2022, based on the following Fee Payment Schedule:
1st payment: January 19, 2022 – $900.00
2nd payment: February 19, 2022 – $850.00
3rd payment: March 19, 2022 – $850.00
4th payment: April 19, 2022 – $850.00
Final payment: May 19, 2022 – $650.00
Refunds: pease refer to the 2022 members handbook for the refund policy.


NOTE: Percussion and Color Guard members may be required to submit video assignments during the winter months that they are not attending camps.

If a non-corps member would like to make a Tour Fee payment towards a current Mandarins corps member, please click on the button below.

Members themselves should make their payments through Mandarins Fee Payment Form.


If you receive a callback for the 2022 brass or percussion section, you will attend a second-round January audition in Sacramento, CA. 

Then, if you are offered membership, you will be required to attend 3 spring rehearsal camps, which are held one weekend each month. 

You will be invited to attend future camps.  Make sure you check your email and your CorpsData Account for camp registration information.

Housing, shuttles to/from the airport, and food are all provided, and attendance at all rehearsal camps is mandatory unless you have a previously-approved school conflict. 

If you receive a callback/membership for the color guard, you are only required to attend April Camp.

February and March camps are Brass only.

What Happens if I am Offered Membership in the Mandarins?

If you have been offered a position in the Corps you must take care of your paperwork and membership payments confirming your acceptance of your contract offer immediately.  You must pay $900.00 of your 2022 Tour Fees within 10 days of receiving your contract offer.

If you have any questions about the application process or fees, contact our director, JW Koester.

Sacramento Shuttle Available

The Mandarins Shuttle Request form is available here, if you need shuttle service between the Sacramento airport (SMF) and camp. 

The cost is $20. Please contact our Transportation Coordinator, Alice Swift (aka Geema) at 619-400-9992 if your have questions about the shuttle. 

As soon as you book your flight, fill out the form if applicable.

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