Virtual Audition

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!


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

What sections are eligible for a video audition?

Our Brass and Color Guard sections are eligible for a video audition. For Percussion, please contact for more information. 

How do I submit a video audition?

Included in your audition packet are the materials and contact information for video auditions. Please record the included audition material and any additional documents requested within the audition packets, then send to your respective caption staff. Please make sure the subject of your email follows the format: Full name – Video Audition (Ex.: John Smith – Video Audition). Below are the caption emails to send your audition:



Tip: If you have any questions about the Video Audition process, please reach out to the appropriate caption head via email. 

Tip: Please make sure to use an email you can easily access and frequently check, and for any questions, please ask on our 2023 Facebook Interest Group! Please make sure you are recording all video auditions in Landscape orientation, we can see you clearly, in a bright environment, and that we can hear any music/speaking clearly. For questions/tips, check out our 2023 Interest Group and ask questions! You can also post on our Interest Groups any videos for feedback before submitting your final audition!

Is there a deadline for video auditions?

For Brass,  Video Auditions are open until 8PM EST, December 21st, 2022.

For Color Guard, Video Auditions are open until the end of December 20th, 2022.

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.


While 2023 Member Fees are being finalized, the 2022 member fee was $4,100.00 per member as a reference, this is subject to change for the 2o23 season.
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 and will be announced after the audition season.
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 before Spring Training move-ins. Here is the 2022 payment schedule as a reference:
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: please refer to the members handbook for the refund policy.


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.

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