A silent auction, a world-renowned marching band delivering an award-winning performance, people dancing almost hypnotically to tunes from their younger years, while enjoying some of the city’s delicious cuisine, put a fantastic twist on a typical Saturday. It’s not the Jazz or Essence Festival, but try telling that to the thousands of fans who packed St. Augustine High School’s yard for this year’s Hamp Fest. Through live, electric performances by local favorites like the Glen David Andrews Band and Rechell Cook, to the chart-topping headliner, Jeffrey Osborne, the school’s annual outdoor festival served up something for everyone.
Hamp Fest is a fundraiser held in honor of Mr. Edwin Harrell Hampton.
Hampton, known as “Hamp,” is credited with creating the sound and look of the school’s award-winning “Marching 100.” He died in 2009.
The event highlights his impact through a celebration of music and culture, and helps St. Aug deliver strong educational programs to engage and provide young people access to music. Hamp Fest is a key fundraising initiative for St. Aug and we are proud to have IBERIABANK as a title sponsor.
The photos of this year’s festival were taken by St. Augustine seniors, Kolby Shears and Cameron Davis.