Posts tagged: Mandarins
The Sacramento Mandarins have a couple of baritone/euphonium spots open!
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join the corps on our 50th anniversary. March in a brand new uniform, become a better musician, and join this wonderful family.
These are the ONLY holes left in the corps. Act now, go to www.Mandarins.org and contact the brass caption head, Dr. Dan Fong.
This could be the summer that changes your life.
Mandarins is looking for some hardworking, talented tuba players! Contact the caption head for more information :)
-Work work work
-Turn in other grad applications
-UNR Interview Weekend
-Trip to Las Vegas to hang out with my brother and watch Ka
-ABAI Conference in Minneapolis
-4th Anniversary with Chris
-Les Miserables in Sacramento
-Food Crew with the Mandarins
-HOPEFULLY will start graduate school
Chris’s face in that last funny picture, is referred to as his orc face. A very horrifying, but wonderful to photo bomb with, face. And yeah, seeing those pictures without a beard is weird too. Now he won’t get rid of his beard.
Some funny pictures of Chris and I.
For Christmas, I am buying Chris and myself our old Mandarins uniforms. I really hope that at the least I can get the exact uniform he marched in, if not both of us. I mean, he marched 6 years in the same uniform.. he deserves to have it. I won’t complain if they aren’t the exact uniforms we marched in, but it would make it that much more special. If I had more money to spare, I would get a really cool picture frame/glass display to put the uniform in. I definitely think this will be the best gift ever though.
when people don’t know you anymore. My time in Mandarins has passed, and it’s.. depressing when people don’t know you, your story, or any of the time you dedicated to the drum corps. So here is a story. My story, if anyone wants to read this.
I first learned about the Mandarins through my good friend at the time, Mason. I was very reluctant to join because I didn’t play brass, period. I was a flute player for 8 years, and was pretty good at it. Around the end of April, Mason and I went to see DCI in the theaters, and after watching some amazing shows, I instantly had a change of heart. I begged my parents for dear life. They wouldn’t budge no matter how much I said it meant to me, until I said I would pay for it through the money I had saved up for a graduation trip, as well as some additional bingos I had to work. As soon as I got their okay, I practiced my ass off on trumpet. I sucked big time for the first month or so. My first camp was May camp, and I was not prepared for the visual block. I started marching basics.. BASICS and I immediately felt like passing out after about 10 minutes of marching. As I sat on the sideline, I looked at all of these people that were already in shape, and looking studly, I felt pathetic. What I lacked in the visual aspect, I worked even harder for in my playing ability. My trumpet tech (Jim Tabuchi at the time), helped me immensely during this process. By everydays, he had every trumpet in the section play part of the ballad for the rest of the section. It got to my turn, and everyone clapped for me. Jim had nothing bad to say, and I could honestly say that that was the first time I felt that I belonged to the group. Thank god they took me on tour; I found out later that the brass staff honestly considered cutting me from the hornline, but decided not to. I also met Chris my rookie year. At the time, he had another girlfriend, but he became my best friend out of the experience, despite the endless name calling of the Weeaboo (white person who thinks they’re Japanese) variety. Mason and I’s friendship was never the same, but after quarterfinals ended. I ran to him and gave him a huge hug, thanking him for bringing me into drum corps. My whole perspective on my life changed that day.
The following year, I decided that I wanted to switch to baritone, as it is way better than playing trumpet ;) The first time I got to pick up the instrument was… audition camp. That was a new pain that I’ve never felt before. Holding up a big ass baritone.. all I wanted to do was throw it out of frustration, but I tried and I grew stronger. I was very discouraged when I got a 2, but I didn’t blame them… I mean, it was my 2nd day on the instrument. I was grateful for the callback. For the next month, I worked and worked and worked, and it definitely paid off. After April camp, Chris had told me that he and his girlfriend of a year had broken up. He seemed to be upset, and as his best friend I was there for him. It also didn’t take him very long to talk to me at June camp, and we mutually decided to date for the summer, and at the end of the summer we would decide whether or not we wanted to endure a long distance relationship. Of course, we chose to torture ourselves, but it certainly paid off. Because of drum corps, I met the love of my life. Despite many arguments, and struggles through the Mandarins with him, every minute of these past 3 1/2 years has been worth it, and I only have the Mandarins to thank. I can only look forward to the future.
I will be trying to help out with the Mandarins as much as I can. I probably can’t help much until the summer though. I want to help out the food crew this season and go on tour for 2 weeks, if not the whole tour. This is the only way I can repay the Mandarins (even though I paid them) for the life-changing experiences I’ve had through this 2nd family.
Today, the Sacramento Mandarins perform at quarterfinals in Indianapolis, IN! I am so proud of them. I only hear about them over the phone from Chris, but from what I’ve heard, he couldn’t be prouder of the progress they have made this past season. This is a season in particular where, the scores really shouldn’t matter, because they have performed this show so well, that they should be proud of their season. It will go down as one of my favorite Mandarin shows. Mandarins, leave everything on the field today. Come back with no regrets, and no mistakes. You guys are going to rock it today, and nothing makes an alumnus of the Mandarins, happier. Do it up, Mandarins! ‘\\
Until Chris is home from tour with the Mandarins!! I can hardly wait!!!!
I never know how much I loved and appreciated something I was doing, until I couldn’t do it anymore. In going to southern California this weekend with the Mandarins, I found joy on the other side of the corps, but above that, I wished so badly I could be on that field. All the times before, I wanted to cry, quit, and never look back, but now, I look at these young adults, the future of the Mandarins, and I couldn’t be happier and more miserable. Happy because I was apart of something so painfully difficult, but so rewarding at the same time. Miserable because my time is up. I can only make them some delicious food, and help bring the pit equipment on and off the field. I am okay with that because Mandarins has given me so much that I could never repay with all the sandwiches, gatorade, and chicken patties I make. Now, I have to find the new happy in my life. Drum corps was my happy, and watching my past before my eyes made me realize that I am currently unhappy. Yes, I do have Chris, and my family. He makes me very happy; however, I can’t rely on him for happiness. I alone have to bring the light back into my life. I’m now on the search for my next passion, be it cooking, knitting, hunting, or something that will make my life seem meaningful again. Drum corps is hard to replace.