Drummer On The Move: Marlon Williams' Story

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- You're probably used to the mundane sounds of traffic; car horns, engines and tires rolling along. But, what if someone added the sounds of a snare, base and cymbal to give your daily commute a new beat?

That's exactly what Marlon Williams' goal is.

You can find him on a street corner, in front of your favorite lunch spot or even on a bridge. You never know where you'll find the Drummer on the Move.

Where else has Williams played?

"Train tracks. I'm not supposed to say that," he confesses, with a laugh.

The Tallahassee native is always, as his nickname suggests, on the move. He sets up his drums in random spots around town and just plays.

Normally, street performers can be seen with money cups, but the only thing you'll see Williams with is a big smile.

"I'm really just doing it to spread some positive vibes," Williams explains. "There's a lot going on in the world. So, if people just ride by, they'll be like 'Hey, that's interesting. I don't see that here in Tallahassee,' and it puts a smile on their face."

"I get honks, waves and 'Hey, how are you doing," or 'Play something for me,' or something like that," Williams said, proudly. "That's really what I get joy out of doing."

Many smile. Some even dance.

But for others, Williams' music is more than a spontaneous jam. A woman who spotted Williams while driving down Apalachee Parkway pulled over to admire him, and the music meant much more to her than he'd ever imagine.

"I just lost my baby and this is giving me life," she said. "This sounds so good."

Another woman thanked him for wishing her mother a happy birthday the day before.

"She said her mom was depressed and I really brightened up her day, just by me doing what I love," Williams said. "This is exactly why I do this, just to put a smile on my face."

People even come up to him to ask to try and play. And Williams lets them.

While many who try should stick to their day jobs, Williams has made it his job. It's become somewhat of a family business; his wife is always there to record him and post to social media.

"I'm so thankful. I'm inspired," Tiesah Williams said. "I'm still proud of him every time he gets up. He has no fear and it's inspiring."

Williams started becoming the Drummer on the Move about a year ago when he couldn't find anywhere to practice, so he decided to set up as he passed by a local park.

His videos get over 100,000 views and he has over 14,000 followers on Facebook.

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