The new Williams Baptist University band has signed its first recruit. Ashlyn Marlow of Pocahontas, Ark., signed her agreement to play in the Williams band during a ceremony Wednesday, March 7, in WBU’s Swaim Administration Building.
“This is a special day, and it’s great that we can begin by signing an All-State clarinet player. I’m very excited about the momentum this will create,” said Director of Bands Brady Massey.
Marlow is a two time All-State selection on clarinet, and she has been an All-Region choice five times in her band career. She was also captain of the color guard for the Pocahontas High School marching band.
She said she is very excited to be the first signee to the Williams band program.
“It’s exhilarating. No one else will be able to say they had this opportunity,” she noted. “Williams is just a gorgeous place to be, and it has a great reputation.”
Marlow will know her director and her university well. Massey has been her band director at Pocahontas, and she will be a third generation Williams student. Her parents, Steve & Karen Marlow, are Williams alumni, as well as her grandparents, Truman & Carol Chatman. Her brother Josiah Marlow is also a sophomore at WBU.
Williams is a Christian university in Walnut Ridge. It will formally become Williams Baptist University in July.