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Marine Band Members
Associate Concertmaster
Gunnery Sgt. Sheng-Tsung Wang

Violinist Gunnery Sergeant Sheng-Tsung Wang of Ellicott City, Md., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in June 2007. He was appointed associate concertmaster and principal second violin in April 2019.

Gunnery Sgt. Wang began his musical instruction at age 8, after emigrating to the United States from Taiwan. Upon graduating in 1993 from Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Md., he earned bachelor’s (1997) and master’s (1999) degrees in violin performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he studied with Victor Danchenko. He earned his doctor of musical arts degree in 2007 at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied with Gerald Fischbach. His notable instructors include Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet, Elaine Mishkind, and the late Mark Ulrich.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Wang founded the Gemini Piano Trio and has been heard as part of the Arts Club of Washington concert series and on National Public Radio. He has performed at the following festivals: the Quartet Program at the State University of New York in Fredonia; Yellow Barn Music Festival in Putney, Vt.; La Jolla SummerFest in California; and Taos School of Music, in New Mexico. In addition, he has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park; Howard Community College in Columbia, Md.; Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore; and the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.

With the orchestra, Gunnery Sgt. Wang 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

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Staff Sgt. Kevin Thompson
Double Bass

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Master Sgt. Eric Sabo
Double Bass

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Master Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Clay
Principal Double Bass

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Staff Sgt. Clayton Vaughn
Cello

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Gunnery Sgt. Caroline Bean Stute
Assistant Principal Cello

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Gunnery Sgt. Charlaine Prescott
Principal Cello

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Master Sgt. Tam Tran
Viola

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Master Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Shieh
Viola

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Gunnery Sgt. Sarah Hart
Viola

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Gunnery Sgt. Foster Wang
Violin

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Staff Sgt. Ryo Usami
Violin

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Gunnery Sgt. Chaerim Smith
Violin

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Master Sgt. Erika Sato
Violin

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Staff Sgt. Sara Matayoshi
Violin

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Gunnery Sgt. Karen Johnson
Concertmaster

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Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Franke
Assistant Principal Violin

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Master Gunnery Sgt. Janet Bailey
Violin

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