head shotMarsalis Duane Weatherspoon was born August 8, 1988 and is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas. From the start his mother, an evangelist missionary, and his father, an ordained elder and musician, instilled a deep love of faith, music and service.

Musician

Weatherspoon grew up listening to his father Darnell Weatherspoon play vinyls at his business Miracle Electronics, a record store and repair shop. He began playing piano at age seven and, by the age of thirteen, he became his church’s principal organist. He attended Hot Springs High School where he played clarinet in the marching band and got an early start at studying music theory through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. He then enrolled at  Henderson State University , a small four-year public liberal arts institution in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Composition In 2012. As an undergraduate he studied applied organ, voice, and piano and sang with the Concert Choir, Chamber Chorale, Opera Workshop on a vocal scholarship.

Weatherspoon currently teaches for the Hot Springs School District, where he has been employed since 2016 and has taught both vocal and instrumental areas. He is the former Dean of the Applied Studies Institute of the Arkansas First Jurisdiction Music Department as well as the former Minister of Music for the Malvern District of the Church of God in Christ.

Speaker

Weatherspoon grew up at his home church St. Phillips Church of God in Christ under the late Pastor T.J. Smith. In 2014, Weatherspoon announced his acceptance of his call to the ministry to Pastor Richard Harper and gave his first sermon “No Shame in My Game” on Sunday June 1 of that year. On October 14, 2017, he was ordained an elder in the Church of God in Christ, Inc. He currently attends Living Waters Church of God in Christ, where he is the Minister of Music and an associate elder. 

As an undergraduate, he was inducted into the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. He later went on to present research at the 2012 Conference of the National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS). He has spoken at various venues in and out of the church.

Public Servant

When it comes to a heart for service, Weatherspoon gets it honest. His mother Andrea Weatherspoon is the Founder of Promiseland Outreach Ministries, Inc., a faith-based nonprofit. His grandfather John Paschal (1939-2001) was a prominent civil rights leader in Hot Springs and a founding member of the Council for the Liberation of Blacks (CLOB). Weatherspoon is a Life Member of the N.A.A.C.P. by way of the Hot Springs Branch #6013, where he currently serves as Vice President. He is a proud member of the first intercollegiate Black Greek-letter organization  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, by way of the Theta Kappa Chapter. He is a board member of the non-profit organization People Helping Others Excel By Example or P.H.O.E.B.E./The Uzuri Project, which strives to preserve the African American experience in Garland County, Arkansas. In 2016 he conceived of the “My Favorite Things” concert, a concert that raised money for the Difference Makers of Hot Springs, a local nonprofit. For his community involvement, he received the Volunteer Trailblazer Award from the Jesse D. Hawkins Lions Club in 2017.