Master Gunnery Sergeant Marcio Botelho
Principal cello Master Gunnery Sergeant Marcio Botelho joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in July 1989. MGySgt Botelho began musical instruction on piano at age 3 and on the cello at age 14. After graduating from high school in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1978, he attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in cello performance in 1985. He continued his education at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., where he earned a master’s degree in cello performance and literature in 1987. His teachers included Zygmunt Kubala of São Paulo, Peter Wiley of the University of Cincinnati and Steven Doane of the Eastman School of Music.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” MGySgt Botelho performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York.
As principal cello with the Marine Chamber Orchestra, MGySgt Botelho performs at the White House for State Dinners, receptions and other White House functions, and on several occasions has been featured as a Marine Chamber Orchestra soloist.
Watch MGySgt Botelho's interview in Portuguese about the 2013 Inauguration.
Staff Sergeant Charlaine Prescott
Cellist Staff Sergeant Charlaine Prescott joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in December 2013. SSgt Prescott began her musical training on piano at age 6 and cello at age 10. After graduating in 2005 from West Potomac High School in Alexandria, she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cello performance in 2009. In 2011 she completed a master’s degree in classical cello from the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in New York. She studied with Alan Stepansky at MSM, Hans Jørgen Jensen of NU, and Rachel Young of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” SSgt Prescott was a Tanglewood Fellowship recipient in 2010 from the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., and received the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award for the 2010 Tanglewood season. She was the S & R Foundation’s 2011 Washington Award and Grand Prize winner. She also was principal cello with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio and taught privately.