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Marine Band Members
Guitar
Master Gunnery Sgt. Alan Prather

Guitarist Master Gunnery Sergeant Alan Prather of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 1999.

Master 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 (UA) 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 UA.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” he taught instrumental music in Nordonia Hills City School District in Ohio and freelanced with various ensembles.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Prather is a frequent soloist who leads, performs, and sings with a variety of Marine ensembles, including Free County, the Marine Jazz Orchestra, and the Marine Combo.

Members

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. 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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