An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


Marine Band Members
Violin
Staff Sgt. Ryo Usami

Violinist Staff Sergeant Ryo Usami of Darien, Conn., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in July 2020.

Staff Sgt. Usami began his musical instruction at age 5. After graduating Darien High School in 2013, he attended the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he studied with Violaine Melancon and earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2017. In 2019 he earned a master’s of music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Ayano Ninomiya. Other mentors of his include Akiko Silver and Simeon Simeonov.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Usami substituted with the San Diego Symphony, Pacific Symphony and Boston Pops. He has also freelanced with the Santa Barbara and New West Symphonies, as well as Symphony New Hampshire. His festival appearances include The Orchestra of Americas, the Colorado Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden.

With the orchestra, Staff Sgt. Usami performs regularly at White House State Dinners, receptions, and other functions and appears with the Marine Chamber Orchestra in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Members

Master Gunnery Sgt. Alan Prather
Guitar

Read Biography

Staff Sgt. Kevin Thompson
Double Bass

Read Biography

Master Sgt. Eric Sabo
Double Bass

Read Biography

Master Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Clay
Principal Double Bass

Read Biography

Staff Sgt. Clayton Vaughn
Cello

Read Biography

Gunnery Sgt. Caroline Bean Stute
Assistant Principal Cello

Read Biography

Gunnery Sgt. Charlaine Prescott
Principal Cello

Read Biography

Master Sgt. Tam Tran
Viola

Read Biography

Master Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Shieh
Viola

Read Biography

Gunnery Sgt. Sarah Hart
Viola

Read Biography

Gunnery Sgt. Sheng-Tsung Wang
Associate Concertmaster

Read Biography

Gunnery Sgt. Foster Wang
Violin

Read Biography

Gunnery Sgt. Chaerim Smith
Violin

Read Biography

Master Sgt. Erika Sato
Violin

Read Biography

Staff Sgt. Sara Matayoshi
Violin

Read Biography

Gunnery Sgt. Karen Johnson
Concertmaster

Read Biography

Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Franke
Assistant Principal Violin

Read Biography

Master Gunnery Sgt. Janet Bailey
Violin

Read Biography