AnnaMaria Mottola of Anchorage, Alaska, joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2003. She was appointed principal in 2013 and co-leader of the Latin jazz ensemble in 2017. She served as section leader from 2013-2022.
AnnaMaria began her musical instruction at age 4. After graduating in 2000 from Robert Service High School in Anchorage, she attended Arizona State University in Tempe where she studied jazz and classical piano with Chuck Marohnic, Mike Crotty, and Robert Hamilton.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” she participated in several competitions, winning the Arizona State University Concerto Competition in 2000 and Alaska Music Teacher Association piano competition from 1996-1998.
AnnaMaria performs with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House and the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ residence for State Dinners, receptions, and other functions, and throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. She has been featured as a soloist under guest conductor Leonard Slatkin in Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Opus 26, and was featured as a tour soloist in 2006 performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and in 2009 performing George Gershwin’s Allegro from Concerto in F. In 2014 she was a featured soloist at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., performing then-Marine Band staff arranger Staff Sgt. Ryan Nowlin’s Variations on I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin.