One year ago, we lost an icon in our city.
Someone who touched the lives of thousands and changed the climate of our culture that is Mardi Gras.
A man so loved and respected not only by this city but, the entire region…the entire nation.
Today, I am honoring the legendary Mr. Edwin Harrell Hampton who passed away one year ago (July 21st.)
Mr. Hampton mentored thousands of musicians over the course of his 50+-year career leading the legendary “Marching 100.”
Arriving at St. Augustine High School in 1952, Mr. Hampton immediately set about starting what would become a world-renowned and hugely influential marching band, which he continued to direct until his retirement after Hurricane Katrina.
We love you Hamp…we miss you. Calling out my Purple Knights, I know you’re here…show ’em the love.