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Marine Band Members
Viola
Master Sgt. Tam Tran

Violist Master Sergeant Tam Tran of Appleton, Wis., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in January 2005. He was appointed assistant principal viola in October 2008.

Master Sgt. Tran began his musical training at age 8. Upon graduating in 1994 from Appleton High School in Wisconsin, he earned a bachelor’s degree in viola performance from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb in 2000, where he studied with Richard Young of the Vermeer String Quartet. In 2003, Master Sgt. Tran earned a master’s degree in viola performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied with Yitzhak Schotten. He has pursued doctoral studies at the Stony Brook University in New York, studying with Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet.

Master Sgt. Tran performs regularly at the White House for State Dinners, receptions, and other White House functions, and throughout 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 Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Shieh
Viola

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Gunnery Sgt. Sarah Hart
Viola

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Gunnery Sgt. Sheng-Tsung Wang
Associate Concertmaster

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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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