Euphonium player Mark W. Jenkins of Las Vegas, joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2002. Gunnery Sergeant Jenkins began his musical instruction at age 11. He graduated in 1996 from Durango High School in Las Vegas and continued his education at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he studied euphonium performance under Brian Bowman and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in music performance in 2003. He earned a master of music degree from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2006 and is currently pursuing his doctorate from George Mason Unviersity in Fairfax, Va.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” GySgt Jenkins was a two-time winner of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, and a finalist in the 2001 ITEC Euphonium Solo Competition, Finland. In 2005, GySgt Jenkins performed as a founding member of the Marine Band Tuba-Euphonium Quartet at the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Arlington, Va., and the Potomac Festival’s International Tuba and Euphonium Competition in Fairfax, Va. In 2006, the same ensemble performed at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Denver, Colo. He has performed as a guest soloist/clinician for the Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the International Euphonium Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, and the Tubonium4 at Adolphus Gustavus College in St. Peter, Minn. The quartet was also featured at the Leonard Falcone Competition 2007 and ITEC 2008 in Cincinnati. GySgt Jenkins has performed several solos with the Marine Band including the Fantasia di Concerto by Eduardo Boccalam, Auld Lang Ayne by Simone Mantia, and Euphonium Concerto by Vladimir Cosma. In addition to his musical duties, GySgt Jenkins serves as a crowd educator for the Friday Evening Parades held during the summer at Marine Barracks Washington. GySgt Jenkins, son of Jeanie and Kim Jenkins of Las Vegas, currently resides in Fairfax, Va., with his wife, Agatha.