Tuba player Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Tiedeman joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2002. Gunnery Sgt. Tiedeman began his musical training at age 7. After graduating from Stadium High School in Tacoma in 2000, he attended the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in New York, where he studied with Don Harry. He also studied with Ivan Giddings of Tacoma.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” he won the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference’s Young Artist competition in 2000.