Marlon Eugene West was born in Nashville, North Carolina. He was educated in the Nash County public schools. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Masters in Library and Information Sciences degree from North Carolina Central University in May 1990 and May 1994 respectively.
Mr. West was employed by the James E. Shepard Memorial Library at North Carolina Central University as a Reference Librarian from 1987 until 1997. He then accepted a position at the Fuqua School of Business Library at Duke University as Reference Librarian from 1997 until 1998. From 1998 – 1999, he served as a Business Information Consultant with the Dialog Corporation located in Cary, North Carolina.
Mr. West served as Minister of Music for the Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church for more than 27 years. He has extensive experience in chorale directing, church administration, music ministry outreach and fundraising. He founded the “100 Men in Black” all Male Chorus in 2003 which is a community-based male chorus.
Mr. West continues to be blessed by God as he endeavors to move this music ministry to higher heights. His call is to share the gospel in song throughout the world. Some of the highlights of this music ministry have included the following:
1988 – Orange Grove Chancel Choir is awarded first place in McDonalds’ Gospelfest Competition.
1993 – Chancel Choir presented a benefit concert for the North Carolina Central University Friends of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library at the newly renovated Carolina Theatre. (Durham, North Carolina)
1994 – Coordinator of The Gospel Youth Explosion Choir. Guest gospel recording artist, Ms. Yolanda Adams.
– Co-produced an eight-week children’s music seminar. (Musiquarium)
1996 – Directed and coordinated the Gospel Youth Explosion’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. Special guests for this performance were the renowned 85-member Chapel Hill High School String Orchestra.
1999 – Organized, directed and accompanied the 40 member Orange Grove Touring choir to participate in Sister-cities Exchange between Durham, North Carolina and Durham, England. (Fundraised $60,000 to realize this vision)
2000 – Invited as the guest director and instructor to Willingen, Germany for the Male Chorus of the United States Air Force EPMOC Men’s Conference.
– Planned and coordinated the first Music Ministry Gospel Music Workshop, Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina. Guest facilitator was pastor and recording artist, Jonathan Alvarado from Decatur, Georgia.
2000/2001 – Orange Grove Mass Choir toured Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and St. John’s United Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hosted an exchange visit for the Gainford Choir from Durham, England during Easter 2001 for the Easter Worship Service at Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
2001 – Accepted full time position as Minister of Music with Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Durham North Carolina
2002 – Planned and coordinated second Gospel Music Workshop. Guest facilitator Rev. Mackie Spradley from Dallas, Texas.
2003 – Organized a 10-day tour to Durham, England under the auspices of Sister-Cities Incorporated. The choir toured Durham, Consett, Gainford and surrounding areas in England.
– Founded the “100 Men in Black All Male Chorus”.
2004 – 2011 – Present annual 100 Men in Black Male Chorus Concert.
2011 – Organized and raised funds to coordinate a trip to Durham, England for an 8-day tour endorsed by Sister-Cities of Durham, NC and Durham, England