Billy Ray Farrow, a trombonist, who played in area bands and who worked as an instrumental music instructor with the Prince George County public school system since 1960, died Thursday in a two car collision on State Rte. 202 near Oak Grove Road in Prince George's County.
Mr. Farrow moved to this area about 20 years ago. He worked for a number of years with the Bob Cross Orchestra in the Blue Room at the Shoreham Hotel.
He was a member of a Redskin Show Band, and played yearly engagements in Washington with the Ice Capades and Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey's Circus.
Mr. Farrow had played trombone in the National Theatre's production of "Annie," and the trombone and a wine jug in the Ford Theatre production of "The All Night Strut."
Mr. Farrow also had played at the Kennedy Center and the Shady Grove Music Fair.
A native of New London, Tex., he was a graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College in Texas.
During the mid 1950s he played first trombone with Hal McIntyre's band where he met and married his wife, Nancy Jane, who was a vocalist with the band.
In 1956 he became a member of the Corpus Christi Tex., Symphony Orchestra, in which he played until moving here.
From 1960 to the early 1970s, Mr. Farrow taught instrumental music at Suitland Junior High School and had worked since that time as a traveling instrumental instructor in the system's elementary schools.
In addition to his wife, and a daughter, Amy Elizabeth, both of the home in Upper Marlboro, he is survived by another daughter, Natalie J. Newell, of Washington; a son, David Edward Newell, of San Jose, Calif.; his mother, Mrs. Osteen F. Richey, of Pollock, La., and two brothers, Bobby J., of South Bend, Ind., abd Darryl G., of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.