Staff Sergeant Charlaine Prescott
Cellist Staff Sergeant Charlaine Prescott joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in December 2013 and was appointed principal in April 2018. Staff Sgt. Prescott began her musical training on piano at age 6 and cello at age 10. After graduating in 2005 from West Potomac High School in Alexandria, she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cello performance in 2009. In 2011 she completed a master’s degree in classical cello from the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in New York. She studied with Alan Stepansky at MSM, Hans Jørgen Jensen of NU, and Rachel Young of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Prescott was a Tanglewood Fellowship recipient in 2010 from the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., and received the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award for the 2010 Tanglewood season. She was the S & R Foundation’s 2011 Washington Award and Grand Prize winner. She also was principal cello with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio and taught privately.
As principal cello with the Marine Chamber Orchestra, Staff Sgt. Prescott performs at the White House for State Dinners, receptions and other White House functions, and on several occasions has been featured as a Marine Chamber Orchestra soloist.
Watch Staff Sgt. Prescott's performance of Soulima Stravinsky's String Quartet No. 3.
Staff Sergeant Caroline Bean Stute
Cellist Staff Sergeant Caroline Bean Stute joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2014 and was appointed assistant principal cellist in January 2020. Staff Sgt. Stute began her musical training on piano at age 6 and cello at age 14. After graduating in 2002 from Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland, she attended the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cello performance in 2006. In 2008 she completed a master’s degree in cello performance and literature from Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington. She is currently pursuing a doctorate from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York where she was the recipient of a teaching fellowship. She has studied with Steven Doane at Eastman and Janos Starker at IU.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Stute was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla.; the Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra in Cleveland; and the new music ensemble Hotel Elefant in New York. She has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut; the Aldeburgh Festival in Snape, England; and the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., and has taught at Queens College and the Harlem Opus 118 School, both in New York. In 2012 and 2014 she volunteered in Central America as a guest teaching artist for the Honduran National Youth Orchestra, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
Staff Sergeant Clayton Vaughn
Cellist Staff Sergeant Clayton Vaughn joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2018. Staff Sgt. Vaughn began his musical training on cello at age 11. After graduating in 2002 from Meridian High School, he attended the University of Louisville in Kentucky, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in cello performance in 2006 and studied with Paul York. He earned a master’s degree in cello performance in 2009 from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio where he studied with Dr. Melissa Kraut and Stephen Geber from the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2012 he earned a doctorate in cello performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder where he studied with Andras Fejer of the Takacs Quartet and Judith Glyde.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Vaughn performed with Des Moines Metro Opera during the summer seasons of 2014-17, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham from 2014-18 and the Omaha Symphony in Nebraska from 2013-14, while also freelancing and teaching privately. In addition he has participated in the following summer music festivals: Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., 2012-13; the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., 2011; the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., 2010; and Meadowmount in Westport, N.Y., 2008.