WASHINGTON -- Staff Sgt. David Jenkins of Williamstown, performed in the 57th Inauguration of the President of the United States on Jan. 21, as a member of "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band. This marks the Marine Band’s 54th consecutive inaugural appearance.
Jenkins, a saxophonist, joined "The President’s Own" in November 2004. He began his musical training at age 4. Upon graduating in 1990 from Mount Greylock Regional High School, he attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 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 in Tempe.
Prior to joining "The President’s Own," Jenkins performed with the Amherst Saxophone Quartet in Amherst, N.Y. , and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota.
Jenkins performs with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Ensembles at the White House, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour. During the spring of 2005, in 2006, he performed with the Marine Band Saxophone Quartet on recital tours to numerous colleges and universities in the Northeast. In 2005, he performed with the Marine Band Saxophone Quartet at the 28th Annual Navy Band Saxophone Symposium held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 Conference in New London, Conn.
The Marine Band provides music for the Inauguration swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, leads the second division of the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, and performs at various inaugural balls throughout Washington, D.C.
On March 4, 1801, the Marine Band performed for Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration, and research suggests that the band has participated in every presidential inaugural since. An accomplished musician himself, Jefferson recognized the unique relationship between the band and the Chief Executive.