Master Sergeant Steve Longoria
Saxophonist Master Sergeant Steve Longoria joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2001. He was appointed principal in 2005, section leader in 2007, and low woodwind section commander in 2015. Master Sgt. Longoria began his musical instruction at age 4. Upon graduating in 1991 from McAllen Memorial High School, he attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1996. He pursued graduate studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he was a teaching fellow. Master Sgt. Longoria’s principal instructors include Michael Jacobson and Eric Nestler.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Longoria was a member of the United States Army Field Band in Fort Meade, Md.
In 2007 he was featured as a tour soloist on John Williams’ Suite from Catch Me if You Can
(Escapades for Saxophone and Orchestra) and on the 2014 tour he performed Jimmy Dorsey’s “Oodles of Noodles.”
Watch Master Sgt. Longoria perform "Oodles of Noodles."
Gunnery Sergeant Steven Temme
Saxophonist Gunnery Sergeant Steven Temme joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2003. He was appointed assistant principal in August 2005. Gunnery Sgt. Temme began his musical training at age 10. Upon graduating in 1997 from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., he attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where in 2001 he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance. In 2003, he earned a degrée superior in saxophone and chamber music from the Conservetoire National de Region Cergy-Pontoise in Paris, France. His saxophone instructors include Eugene Rosseau at Indiana University, and Jean-Yves Fourmeau at the Conservetoire National de Region Cergy-Pontoise.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Temme performed a solo recital for the American Church of Paris’ “Ateliers Concert Series,” and won first prize in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Talent Search & Recognition competition.
Staff Sergeant Jacob Chmara
Saxophonist Staff Sergeant Jacob Chmara joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in November 2007. Staff Sgt. Chmara began his musical training on saxophone at age 10 and bass guitar at age 12. After graduating from Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg in 1999, he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earned a bachelor of music in saxophone performance in 2003. His notable instructors include Kelland Thomas from the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and Donald Sinta and Timothy McAllister of the University of Michigan
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Chmara won the North American Saxophone Alliance competition in 2000, and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition in 2002.
Gunnery Sergeant Otis Goodlett IV
Saxophonist Gunnery Sergeant Otis Goodlett IV, joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2000. Gunnery Sgt. Goodlett began his musical career at the age of 8. After graduating from Lexington High School in 1994, he attended Furman University in Greenville, S.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1998. In 1999, he received a master’s degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. His instructors include Clifford Leaman of the University of South Carolina, Jonathan Helton of the University of Florida, and Dr. Frederick Hemke of Northwestern University.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Goodlett taught music at the American Renaissance Charter and Middle Schools in Statesville, N.C., and taught private music lessons.
Gunnery Sergeant David Jenkins
Saxophonist Gunnery Sergeant David Jenkins joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in November 2004. Gunnery Sgt. Jenkins began his musical training at age 4. Upon graduating in 1990 from Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, he attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) where he earned bachelor’s degrees in music education and saxophone performance in 1996. In 2001, he earned a master’s of music in performance from Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe. Gunnery Sgt. Jenkins presently is pursuing a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Minnesota (UMN) in Minneapolis. His notable saxophone instructors include Lynn Klock of UMass, Joseph Wytko of ASU, and Eugene Rousseau of UMN.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Jenkins performed with the Amherst Saxophone Quartet in Amherst, N.Y., and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota.
Gunnery Sergeant Gregory Ridlington
Staff Sergeant Rachel Perry
Saxophone player Staff Sergeant Rachel Perry joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2014. Staff Sgt. Perry began her musical training on flute at age 9 and saxophone at age 13. After graduating in 2007 from Otselic Valley Central School, she attended Ithaca College in New York where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance in 2011 and studied with Steve Mauk. In 2013 she completed a master’s degree in music performance from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York where she studied with Chien-Kwan Lin.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Perry performed as a soloist with The U.S. Army Band of Washington, D.C., and the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra.
Saxophonist Gunnery Sergeant Gregory Ridlington joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in April 1999. Gunnery Sgt. Ridlington began his musical instruction at age 10. After graduating in 1991 from Mead High School in Spokane, he attended the University of North Texas, in Denton, where he received a bachelor’s degree in music in 1995. His instructors included Jim Riggs and Eric Nestler. In 1999, he earned a master’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Kenneth Radnofsky and George Garzone.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Ridlington toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Master Sergeant Miles Smith
Saxophonist Master Sergeant Miles Smith joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 1995. Master Sgt. Smith began his musical training at age 12. After graduating in 1984 from Central High School in St. Joseph, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. His saxophone instructors were Timothy Timmons and Gary Foster, both of the University of Missouri.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Smith was instructor of woodwinds at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, the Mid-America Nazarene College in Olathe, Kan., and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. In 1987, he toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra throughout the United States and Japan.
He performed Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band Opus 26b as a featured soloist on the 1999 national concert tour.