Rotarian of the week, Mrs. Jane Purser, arranged for and introduced the special guests of Winnfield’s Rotary Club on Wednesday, February 24, 2021: Winnfield native, Ashley Price Nacquin, and her husband, Shawn Nacquin, born and reared in Mamou, Louisiana. Ashley, the youngest daughter of Larry and Edith Price, was raised in Winnfield, began learning the piano at the age of 2 and ½, and was Valedictorian of her class when she graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Natchitoches. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana College, where she met her husband, Shawn, when she served as his piano accompanist in music competitions.
Shawn was drawn to the field of music in junior high and high school and, although his school was too small to have a marching band, his band teacher recognized his musical talent, gave him encouragement and individual lessons, and helped him qualify to participate in various honor bands in Louisiana. Because of his talent and determination, Shawn was awarded a full music scholarship to Louisiana College, where he and Ashley met.
Shawn and Ashley married in 2015. Shawn completed his bachelor’s degree in music education at Louisiana Tech with a specialty in clarinet and woodwinds, and the couple moved to Baton Rouge where Ashley has been studying for a degree in law, which she will complete in May of this year, along with a supplemental graduate certificate in comparative law. It is notable that, throughout all her studies and moves, Ashley has remained closely connected with Winnfield and Winn Parish, and provides music for the congregations of New Hope United Methodist, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic, and First Presbyterian, where she has played piano since she was in the sixth grade. She and Shawn were recently able to move permanently to Winnfield, as planned, when Ashley’s classes went all-virtual due to the changes in educational media necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As one might imagine, Mr. and Mrs. Nacquin provided a musical program consisting primarily of songs from Disney musicals for the Rotarians present, with Ashley on the piano and Shawn on the alto saxophone and the clarinet. The introductory piece was Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast), followed by almost thirty minutes of lovely familiar tunes such as Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book), You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story), Never Enough (The Greatest Show on Earth), and When I’m Older (Frozen II), among others. The finale was a piece called Disney Piano Medley arranged by Johnny Ray.
After a period allowed for questions from the audience, the meeting concluded with Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self!
The Rotary Club of Winnfield meets every Wednesday at Noon for lunch at Lynda’s Country Kitchen. For more information about the Rotary Club of Winnfield, you may contact President, Jodi Taylor (832) 573-5085. You can also find club information on Facebook at Rotary Club of Winnfield Facebook Page or online at Rotary.org.