Gunnery Sergeant Alan Prather
Guitarist Gunnery Sergeant Alan Prather joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 1999. Gunnery Sgt. Prather began his musical training on the guitar at age 8. After graduating in 1986 from Cuyahoga Falls High School, he attended the University of Akron in Ohio where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1991. In 2012, he earned his master’s degree in music education from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. His instructors included Dean Newton and Robert Fraser of the University of Akron.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Prather taught instrumental music in Nordonia Hills City School District in Ohio and freelanced with various ensembles.
Gunnery Sgt. Prather is a frequent soloist who performs and sings with a variety of Marine ensembles, including Free County, the Marine Jazz Orchestra, and the Marine Combo. He also serves as the leader of the jazz orchestra and combo.