Duquesne University, University of North Texas, University of Maryland, George Mason University
Brian Bowman, Jim Craft, Steve Kellner
Mark Jenkins began his musical studies at the age of 11 in his home state of Nevada. During his early studies, he was awarded top honors at state, regional and international solo competitions, including the Nevada Governor’s Scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and 1st prize at the 1996 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition. After graduation, Mark continued his musical training with legendary euphonium virtuoso and pedagogue Dr. Brian Bowman at the University of North Texas. During his studies at the College of Music, Mr. Jenkins was again awarded 1st prize at the Falcone Competition in 2000, as well as a 2nd prize at the I.T.E.C. Artist solo euphonium competition in Lahti, Finland in 2001. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2003, Mark continued his education at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he was awarded a Master’s degree of Music in 2006. He went on to complete a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 2017 while teaching as Adjunct Professor of Euphonium at the George Mason School of Music.
Mark Jenkins serves as Principal Euphoniumist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. He has been a part of this venerable organization since July of 2002 and was appointed principal and euphonium section leader in April of 2012. As a member of “The President’s Own,” with its unique mission to provide musical support for the President of the United States, Dr. Jenkins regularly performs at the White House as well as in concerts around the D.C. area and throughout the United States.
Throughout his career Dr. Jenkins has been an active soloist, recitalist and chamber music performer. He made his solo debut with the Marine Band, in 2003 performing Boccalari’s Fantasia di Concerto, and has since been a frequent soloist with the band, having been chosen three times as tour soloist on the band’s 2010, 2012, and 2015 national concert tours. In 2008, he commissioned and premiered Elizabeth Raum’s Faustbuch, a concerto for euphonium and orchestra, at the Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference at Ft. Myer, Virginia. He is also a founding member of the Off-Bass Brass tuba quartet. The group released their debut album Knock Yourself Out in January of 2010 and a second album Tubacus Galacticus in 2015. The following year, Tubacus Galacticus was awarded the Roger Bobo Prize for Excellence in Recording by I.T.E.A. Through this collaboration Dr. Jenkins has commissioned and premiered several new works for tuba-euphonium quartet including Brian Balmages’s Wind Sketches (2006) and Daniel McCarthy’s Knock Yourself Out (2007), both winners of the I.T.E.A. Harvey Phillips Excellence in Composition Award. In 2018 Dr. Jenkins released his first educational recording on the Summit label. Entitled Euphonium Excerpts for Band, this recording is designed to provide euphoniumists preparing to take military and concert band auditions a spoken and played reference for popular band pieces common on professional audition lists and is part of Summit’s Orchestral Pro Series of recordings.
Dr. Jenkins has been a guest artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the United States Army Orchestra, the Drake University Concert Band, the Blue Lake Festival Band, the Georgia Brass Band, The Reno Wind Symphony, and has appeared in recital at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Asia.
As a performing artist and clinician for Willson Band Instruments, Dr. Jenkins has given master classes in many parts of the United States and beyond. Past master classes have been held at institutions including the Eastman School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Arizona, the Hokkaido Tuba and Euphonium Camp, Drake University, Emory University, Baylor University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Georgia State University, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and the University of Georgia.
Mark Jenkins performs on a Willson Model 2900TA.