July 31, 2009
The band is broke.’
BY Elizabeth Lazarowitz
Brooklyn Daily news
The famed Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band is in danger of falling silent for good, left scrambling for cash months after its founder stepped down amid a student sex scandal.
“They’re in serious jeopardy of not surviving,” said Shelley Everett, whose son, Legend, 14, has been part of the band’s drum line for three years.
The band, based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, soared to national celebrity in January after being tapped to play at President Obama’s inauguration.
In May, the group came under a cloud of suspicion when a 10-month probe found that longtime leader Tyrone Brown had been in an “inappropriate relationship” with a 17-year-old female band member.
July 23, 2009
On Friday, 7/24/09 at 10 am, Fox 8 will run a documentary on Edwin Hampton, Legendary Director of Bands at St. Augustine High School. . The station management, in particular, Mr. Schaefer was instrumental in the station acquiring and airing this Access produced documentary.
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July 22, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Edwin Hampton, the legendary St. Augustine high school band director who died Monday at age 81.
Large numbers of current and former band members, alumni and friends are expected to attend the services for Hampton, the founding director of the St. Aug Marching 100 band.
School officials say Hampton will lie in state at St. Augustine High School on Friday, where visitation will take place from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.
On Friday evening there will be a viewing at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts in Armstrong Park from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., with a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m.
Visitation will continue Saturday from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated there on Saturday at 11 a.m.
July 21, 2009
Edwin Hampton, the founding director of the most popular school marching band in New Orleans, the St. Augustine Marching 100, died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. During Mr. Hampton’s tenure, the band played in countless Carnival parades, the Rose parade and even for Pope John Paul II during his visit to New Orleans in 1987.
In 1952, Hampton came to New Orleans from Texas, to take a job at St. Augustine, the all-boys’ high school in the Seventh Ward that has educated generations of young men since it opened a half-century ago. Hampton joined the faculty the second year of the school’s existence.