Mandarins Fall Academy
The Mandarins Academy, since its first year in 2008, looks to continue to grow in both size and in its benefit to students and their school music programs. Beginning with the Brass Academy in 2008, the Guard Academy was added in 2009. In 2014, both the Percussion Academy and Drum Major Academy were added. In 2016, the Woodwind Academy was added along with leadership development for those students who have a leadership role in their school music program. In 2017, leadership development was expanded to all students. In 2016, Mandarins Academy served 166 students. Since 2015, Mandarins Academy students have performed at our Family and Friends Showcase.
Continued high expectations have been placed on the Mandarins Academy Directors and educators to provide a unique and diverse educational experience to meet the needs of all skill levels. This team consists of technicians, clinicians, and credentialed teachers experienced with elementary, middle, and high schools, colleges, performing arts organizations, Mandarins Academy, and the Sacramento Mandarins and other drum corps.
Part of the Mandarins Academy’s unique experience is due to the Directors and educators having performed or taught with the Sacramento Mandarins drum corps, so they are able to expose Mandarins Academy students to the teaching method and material used by the drum corps. A portion of the Mandarins Academy sessions is focused on auditioning in general, beneficial to those auditioning for the corps or for any performing arts organization.
All of this supports the mission of the Mandarins Academy: to further the students’ skills in technique, musicianship, performance, and leadership development, all in support of their school music program. Mandarins Academy Directors and educators are committed to achieving that mission.