Mobile, Baldwin obituaries for Dec. 27: Bay City Brass Band's Marcus Johnson 'played to the crowd'
Latest News | December 27, 2014
In a Sept. 8, 2010 file photo, band members pictured left to right: Carlos Johnson, Herbert Bennett and Marcus Johnson.Visitors to Mobile's Bienville Square were treated to a free lunchtime concert by Bay City Brass Band. (VICTOR CALHOUN)
By Victoria Pruit | | December 27, 2014
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MOBILE, Alabama -- Mobile native Marcus Wayne Johnson died Dec. 20, 2014, just four days before his 44thbirthday.
Johnson founded The Bay City Brass Band in 1997.
He was scheduled to play at several events for the upcoming Mardi Gras season.
He leaves behind his wife Shere Hairston Johnson, two sons Markel and Markes as well as many other loving family members and friends.
"For the past eight years I had the privilege of joining Marcus and his Bay City Brass Band at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear," Sue Maloney wrote in his online guest book. "I would lead his group to the various tables where the guests were celebrating a special occasion. Everyone in the dining room sparkled when they heard they were being recognized with this special attention. Now Marcus is making music for the saints and angels in Heaven. I will truly miss him."
"He loved music, he loved sharing music with people," Mobile Carnival Association Executive Director Judi Gulledge told AL.com in a previous article. "He not only was passionate about his music but those who worked with him and for him, he wanted them to understand why they were playing and he wanted them to understand the type of function. He played to the crowd."
Visitation for Johnson will be held from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 27 at Church of God
Pentecostal. The funeral service will immediately follow. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery in Eight Mile.