Chris Tiedeman grew up in Tacoma, Washington. His parents were both music teachers and got Chris started playing the tuba when he was six years old. Chris played in various area music ensembles in Washington including the Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble and the Tacoma Concert Band. Chris also won the International Tuba and Euphonium Association's solo competition in 2000. He then attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Don Harry. Chris joined “The President's Own” U.S. Marine Band in the spring of 2002.