Master Gunnery Sergeant Mark Jenkins
Euphonium player Master Gunnery Sergeant Mark Jenkins “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 2002. He was appointed principal and section leader in 2012. Master Gunnery Sgt. 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, where he studied euphonium performance with Brian Bowman and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2003. He earned a master of music degree from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2006 and a doctorate from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., in 2017.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Jenkins was a two-time winner of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, and a finalist in the 2001 ITEC Euphonium Solo Competition in Finland.
In 2005, Master Gunnery Sgt. 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 (ITEC) 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 Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. The quartet was also featured at the Leonard Falcone Competition 2007 and ITEC 2008 in Cincinnati. Master Gunnery Sgt. Jenkins has performed several solos with the Marine Band including the Fantasia di Concerto by Eduardo Boccalari, “Auld Lang Syne” by Simone Mantia, as a 2010 and 2012 tour soloist performing Vladimir Cosma’s Euphonium Concerto, and Jean-Baptiste Arban's "Carnival of Venice" in 2015. Master Gunnery Sgt. Jenkins was also a soloist on the Marine Band's historic 2019 tour of Japan.
Watch Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Jenkins' Masterclass: March Performance Practice with Euphoniums of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band
Gunnery Sergeant Hiram Diaz
Euphonium player Gunnery Sergeant Hiram Diaz joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2012. Gunnery Sgt. Diaz began his musical instruction at age 12. After graduating in 2003 from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, he attended the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2007. His instructors have included Timothy Northcut of CCM; Jay Bertolet, former principal tuba with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra; and Brian Bowman of the University of North Texas.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Diaz was a member of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band (283d Army Band) in Ft. Benning, Ga.
In 2016, he performed Tom Davoren’s Ascension as featured soloists on the national concert tour. Since 2017, Gunnery Sgt. Diaz has also served as co-leader of the band’s Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Watch Gunnery Sgt. Diaz's interview in Spanish about the 2013 Inauguration.
Watch Gunnery Sergeant Hiram Diaz's Masterclass: March Performance Practice with Euphoniums of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band
Gunnery Sergeant Ryan McGeorge
Euphonium player Gunnery Sergeant Ryan McGeorge joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2004. Gunnery Sgt. McGeorge began his musical instruction at age 8. Upon graduating in 1997 from Grossmont High School in El Cajon, Calif., he attended the University of North Texas in Denton where he studied under Brian Bowman earning a bachelor’s degree in music in 2004. In addition to euphonium, Gunnery Sgt. McGeorge also plays valve trombone and jazz euphonium with several Marine jazz ensembles including the Latin jazz ensemble, big band, and Dixieland band.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. McGeorge was featured as an euphonium soloist from 2001-2002 in the Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway production Blast!. In 2003, he placed first in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition. He also was an active teacher and clinician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, performing regularly with the Dallas Wind Symphony.
In 2015, Gunnery Sgt. McGeorge performed “Carnival of Venice” by Jean-Baptiste Arban as a tour soloist.
Master Sergeant Matthew Summers
Euphonium player Master Sergeant Matthew Summers joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 1997. Master Sgt. Summers began his musical instruction at age 11. He graduated in 1994 from Palo Alto Senior High School and continued his education at the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor where he earned a bachelor of musical arts degree in euphonium performance in 1998. His euphonium instructors included Stan Dittmer of Menlo Park, Calif., and Fritz Kaenzig of U-M.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Summers performed with the University of Michigan symphonic band and participated at the Interlochen Arts Camp for six years. He also performed at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., for three seasons.
He has been featured as a soloist in Eduardo Boccalari’s Fantasia di Concerto; Joseph Turrin’s Fandango; and Philip Sparke’s Euphonium Concerto. In 2009, Master Sgt. Summers performed “Beautiful Colorado” by Joseph de Luca as a tour soloist.