Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps

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Mandarins
Drum and Bugle Corps
Location Sacramento, CA
Division World Class
Founded 1963
Director Jim Tabuchi
Championship titles Division III 1987, '88, '92, '96-99
Division II 2001
Uniform (2013) Deep purple fading to black cadet
3 golden chinese frogs
curved golden sash
Dragon sash
Long purpla sleeve and black gloves
Black pants
Black shoes
Purple/Black shako w/black bill & plume
golden chain
Golden Mandarins '\\\ on shako

The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class (formerly Division I) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Sacramento, California, the Mandarins is a member corps of Drum Corps International (DCI).[1]

History[edit]

The corps was founded in 1963 as the Ye Wah Drum and Lyre Corps, an activity for youth of Asian-American heritage. Roy Wong, Frank Lim, Thomas Fong, and Yuk Fong had originally approached the Sacramento Chinese community with the intent of starting a drum and bugle corps to perform at the many festivals and parades held each year in the Sacramento area. After struggling to get underway, the corps made its debut on the Fourth of July, 1963. A color guard was added to the corps in 1964 and became a competitive unit in 1965.

Entering the field as a competition corps, the group changed its name to the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps in 1967. The corps competed only in Northern California until making its first trip to Southern California in 1970. Since that first trip, the corps has represented its community, Sacramento, and California around the country and abroad. Mandarins appeared in the Taiwan presidential inaugural ceremonies in 1972 and '78. In 1974, they went to Hawaii to march in the King Kamehameha Parade. In 1975, they made their first trip to the Pacific Northwest and Canada. They made their first appearance at the DCI World Championships at Denver in 1978.

In 1983, under the leadership of Executive Director Ray Mar, the corps began working toward becoming a highly successful competitive corps, and they have been regular competitors in DCI since 1986, winning Class A60/Division III championships in 1987, '88, '92, and '96 through '99 and the Division II title in 2001. Mandarins moved into Division I (now World Class) in 2003, and their highest finish has been 17th place in 2005 & '06.[2][3]

Sponsorship[edit]

Since beginning in 1963, the Mandarins have been sponsored by a volunteer booster club of parents and supporters. The Mandarins of Sacramento, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) musical organization. As such, it has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Jim Tabuchi is the Corps Director, and Raymond Mar is the organization's advisor and Director Emeritus.[4]

Show Summary (1984-2014)[edit]

Sources:[5][6]

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
1984 Legacy (Unknown) / Light on my Life by Bill Sharpe and Roger Odell / Loisita (Unknown) --- ---
1985 Ponteio by Edú Lobo and Jose Carlos Capinam / Rainmaker by Earl Klugh / Dark Orchid by Sammy Nestico --- ---
1986 Dark Orchid by Sammy Nestico / Rainmaker by Earl Klugh / Bossa Netti by Vic Cionetti /
Copacabana by Barry Manilow, Jack Feldman, and Bruce Sussman
64.80 10th A60
1987 Storm at Sun-Up by Gino Vannelli / Celebration Suite by Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea /
Voyager by Derrick Graves, Dexter Wansel, George Howard, Herb Smith, and Steve Gold / Sweet Cheryl Lynn by Chuck Mangione
85.30
61.90
1st A60
20th
1988 The Sorcerer and the Latin by Vic Schoen / In Her Family by Pat Metheney / Celebration Suite by Chick Corea /
Voyager by Derrick Graves, Dexter Wansel, George Howard, Herb Smith, and Steve Gold / More Than the Stars by Eddie Cole
80.20
53.70
1st A60
19th
1989 Dreams of the Sirens by Russ Freeman / In Her Family by Pat Metheney / Minuano & The First Circle by Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays 87.10
64.70
3rd A60
18th
1990 The First Circle by Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays / Letter From Home & Third Wind by Pat Methenry /
Minuano & Flight of the Falcon by Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays
88.20
63.90
2nd A60
19th
1991 Let There Be Praise & In His Presence by Dick and Melodie Tunney / So Much 2 Say by Cedrick Dent and Mervyn Warren /
Miracles can Happen by Brent Henderson and Craig Patty / Make His Praise Glorious by Bill and Robin Wolaver
92.60 2nd A60
1992 Joy (Traditional) / Jubilee Variations, Appalachian Spring & The Red Pony by Aaron Copland 89.50
90.00
67.80
1st DIII
4th DII/III
26th
1993 Episode Five for Brass by Carl Hilding "Doc" Severinsen / Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber / Rocky Point Holiday by Ron Nelson 92.60
67.20
2nd DII
26th
1994 Voices of a Planet Black Forest by Brian Slawson / Dance of the Hunter's Fire by Airto Moreira, Babatunde Olatunji, Flora Purim, Sikiru Adepoju, and Vikku Vinayakram /
Minuano by Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays / Bones by Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Babatunde Olatunji, and Flora Purim /
Udu Chant by Sikiru Adepoju, Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, and Airto Moreira / Appalachian Morning by Paul Halley
90.80 3rd DIII
1995 Cinematic Impressions Theme Song (from Speed) by Howard Shore / The Wedding Night by Bernard Herrmann /
A Perilous Direction and The Honeymoon & The Creation (from Frankenstein) by Patrick Doyle
91.50
69.10
2nd DIII
22nd
1996 To the Edge Taiko Drumming (Original) / Rhythm of the Saints by Paul Simon / Cirque du Soleil by René Dupéré 94.00
69.30
1st DIII
21st
1997 Passport Ghost Train (from The Ghost Train Triptych) / The Ride (from The Ghost Train) /
At the Station & The Motive Revolution (from The Ghost Train Triptych) / Bullet (from The Ghost Train)
All by Eric Whitacre
94.80
73.10
1st DIII
20th
1998 Dragon Dance - Tan Dun Dragon Dance by Tan Dun / Happy Valley by Vanessa-Mae / The Butterfly Lovers by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao 93.80
71.50
1st DIII
23rd
1999 Transformations Overture & Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide) / Symphonic Suite (from On the Waterfront)
All by Leonard Bernstein
93.70
73.90
1st DIII
20th
2000 Katachi--
The Essence of Design
Heroes Symphony & V2 Schneider by Philip Glass /
Anakin's Theme, The Droid Battle, Panaka & Duel of the Fates (from Star Wars Episode I) by John Williams
94.30
74.35
2nd DII
18th
2001 Festival of Music Music for a Festival, Variations on an Enigma, Mountain Song & Partita by Philip Sparke 97.80
79.30
1st DII
16th
2002 Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke / Montage by Peter Graham / A London Overture & Diversions by Philip Sparke 95.80
78.05
3rd DII
19th
2003 Black Market Bazaar Symphony No.2 in B Minor, Polovetsian Dances (from Prince Igor), In the Steppes of Central Asia by Alexander Borodin /
Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah) by Camille Saint-Saëns
80.30 18th
2004 Samurai Red Warrior by Hans Zimmer / Ouverture Solennelle by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Tabidachi, Nishi he (Departure to the West) by Joe Hisaishi /
Bullet by Wong / The Way of the Sword by Hans Zimmer
77.75 20th
2005 Loves Me... Loves Me Not... Adagio from Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (variation 18) by Sergei Rachmaninoff /
Vibraphonissimo & Nuevo Tango by Astor Piazzolla / Symphonic Dances, Mvt. III by Sergei Rachmaninoff
78.10 17th
2006 Rhythm Nation Martillo by Luis Garay Percussion World / Egyptian Danza by Al Di Meola / Back Home by Nando Lauria / Din Daa Daa by George Kranz /
Rhythm Nation by James Harris, Terry Lewis. and Janet Jackson / Clapping Music by Steve Reich / Episode - Prelude by Nando Lauria/
Tell it All & The Way Up by Lyle Mays and Pat Metheny
77.875 17th
2007 Dragon Dance Tea in Chinese Camp, Call of the Mountain (from Gates of Gold) & Shadow and Light by Joseph Curiale /
Battle in the Forest (from House of Flying Daggers) by Shigeru Umebayashi / Jubiliation Dragon Dance by Tan Dun
75.20 21st
2008 River Wind River by Joseph Curiale / Cajun Folksong by Frank Ticheli / Sunrise (from Grand Canyon Suite) by Ferde Grofé /
Inferno (from Divine Comedy) by Robert W. Smith
77.925 19th
2009 ABSOLUTE Absolute Fanfare: Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich / Absolute Passion: Libertango by Astor Piazzola /
Absolute Joy: Ode to Joy (from Ninth Symphony) by Ludwig van Beethoven / Joy (Traditional) / Christmas Anthem by Robert W. Smith /
Absolute Rhythm & Absolute Velocity Partita by Phillip Sparke
79.65 18th
2010 To Dream of Far Away Lands Meetings Along the Edge by Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar / The Mountain of Fruit and Flowers by David Buckley /
Samudra Manthan by Shivkumar Sharma / Quiet by Sheila Chandra, Steve Coe, and Martin Smith / Ever So Lonely by Steve Coe /
Ambush from Ten Sides (Chinese traditional)
78.10 19th
2011 The Forty Thieves:
An Ancient Tale of Spices, Toxins,
and Perfumes
Octabones by Adi Morag / Spices, Perfumes, and Toxins by Avner Dorman 75.70 21st
2012 Prophecy Prophecy by Key Poulan 71.60 23rd
2013 DESTINATION AMERICA:
Journey of the Paper Sons
The Promise of a Better Life, Journey to America, Interrogation, and Freedom by Key Poulan 79.750 18th
2014 UnbreakABLE:
The Human Spirit is Limitless
Program by Key Poulan TBD TBD

Traditions[7][edit]

Quarter-finals Breakfast[edit]

The corps' breakfast on the morning of DCI quarter-finals is always fried rice and mandarin oranges.

The Mandarins "M"[edit]

The calligraphic representation of the "Mandarins M" is the corps's logo; it resembles '\\\. Veteran members frequently get an "M" tattoo as a memento of their membership in the corps.

Year of the Dragon[edit]

The Mandarins' corps song is a chorale section of Philip Sparke's Year of the Dragon, Part 2. After the last practice before quarterfinals, the hornline surrounds the age-outs and plays Year of the Dragon for them. Also, anytime someone in the corps has to leave during tour, the hornline circles up around he or she, and plays the piece for them. After the piece is played, generally, the corps then gives a huge group hug to the person that is leaving. Lastly, the piece is played to kick off the season and start tour.

Corps Necklace[edit]

Towards the end of the season, members of the hornline receive a necklace with a Chinese coin and a shako link on it. The silver shako link shows that the member marched before 2013, the corp's 50th anniversary. A golden link means that the member marched on or after 2013. The number of chains corresponds to the number of years marched.

Reno Crew Jackets[edit]

Due to the corp's close proximity to Reno, Nevada, the group that comes from Reno is known as the "Reno Crew". Traditionally, the crew attaches shako links to their member jackets. There seems to be no explanation as to why this tradition started, but the Reno Crew are the only members to do this.

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