Derek M. Jenkins (b. 1986, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) has received performances of his music throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada including performances by the Fountain City Brass Band; the Seattle Wind Symphony; the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band; university bands and wind ensembles in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas; the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Symphony Orchestra; Mid America Freedom Band; Tri-State Wind Symphony; the Carinthia, Joseph Wytko, and Saxophilia Saxophone Quartets; Washington Square Winds; Musica Nova; and saxophonists Randall Hall, Gilbert Sabitzer, Michael Shults, and Joseph Wytko. In 2012, Jenkins’s wind ensemble piece Eosphorus: The Morning Star was selected as a winner of the National Band Association’s Young Composer Mentor Project. Jenkins has received recognition from MMTA/MTNA, MACRO, ASCAP, UMKC, and at conferences and festivals across the U.S. and abroad. He has been commissioned by the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Mid America Freedom Band, the University of Tennessee at Martin Wind Ensemble, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Ensemble, the Bethel College Wind Ensemble, and various individuals throughout the country. Jenkins is currently a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA Composition / MM Musicology) and he holds degrees from Rice University (MM Composition, 2013) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (BM Composition / BM Theory, 2010). Additionally, he has received further instruction at the Karntner Landeskonservatorium and the Alpen-Adria Universitat Klagenfurt. His primary composition teachers have included Karim Al-Zand, Chen Yi, Pierre Jalbert, Richard Lavenda, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Zhou Long. In his spare time, Jenkins is an amateur scuba diver and daydreams of becoming an astronaut.
LISTEN: Blue Marble: A Symphony for Wind Ensemble
University of Tennessee at Martin Wind Ensemble; John Oelrich, conductor