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Purple Knights News · The Marching 100 to appear in the 2017 Bayou Classic Parade


Bayou Classic Parade Moved to Game Day: Saturday, November 25, 9:30 a.m. 

The Marching 100 is set to participate in the parade opening the 44th Annual 2017 Bayou Classic. This year’s annual Bayou Classic parade will be held Saturday, November 25 at 9:30 am. While it traditionally takes place on Thanksgiving Day, Parade Director, Jon Kardon, says it has been moved to the same day as the game to build momentum throughout the day.

The change in date is expected to increase excitement and crowd size, as well as get parade goers in a “Bayou Classic state of mind.” In 2016, nearly 80,000 attendees flocked to the streets of Downtown NOLA to witness the spectacle and this year, the attendance is expected to be bigger and better.

The route will begin at N. Peters Street and Elysian Fields and end at Loyola and Perdido.

Performing will be 14 “cream of the crop” high school marching bands, such as New Orleans’ own St. Augustine High School, McKinley High School’s Big Blue Machine from the East Baton Rouge Parish, the U.S. Marine Corps Band and the drum line from Dr. MLK Jr. Early College, native to Denver, Colorado. There will also be bands featured from Maryland and Georgia. Bayou Classic sponsors, including Cricket Wireless, will have floats in the parade as well as local organizations such as the mentorship program, Son of a Saint.

Kardon says he “works very closely with the New Orleans Police Department from the beginning [of the parade] to the execution.” He ensures that the force is active in the route planning, highly aware, and “very vigilant.” He is confident in their ability to protect and eradicate impending disruptions.

In fact, he believes there’s no better police force to navigate parade festivities and enforce safety measures. The goal of the Bayou Classic parade is to experience family-oriented fun. Kardon hopes to eventually have “the largest collection of marching bands in the city.” He believes he already has the best bands participating each year and looks forward to showcasing their talent as well as inspiring future, aspiring musicians.

Courtesy of Southern University and A&M College. 

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Purple Knights News · Marching 100 to compete in LA High School Battle of The Bands


Come out and watch the Marching 100 compete in the 2017 Louisiana High School Battle of The Bands presented by Cumulus Media and Metro PCS. Sunday, August 27 at Southern University’s F.G. Clark Activity Center. Tickets are available in the St. Augustine business office. Six of Louisiana’s best High School Bands will battle it out at in the Minidome! Featuring a performance by Rich Homie Quan.

2017 Louisiana High School Battle of the Bands
Sunday at 4 PM – 7 PM
Southern University’s F.G. Clark Activity Center
7722 Scenic Hwy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70807

Check out the event trailer created by Purple Knight Dineaux Hanson ’87.

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Purple Knights News · Video: Jackyron “Hamp Da High Stepper” Newman ’94


Entertainer, Author, Motivational Speaker, Community Advocate and President of JW Newman Enterprises, Jackyron W. Newman ’94, calls on all Purple Knights to support Give Purple Day. Give Purple Day 2017 is June 20, one 24-hour period for alumni, parents, and friends to come together to support St. Augustine High School.

Mr. Newman is a well known voice and talent who makes a personal connection with a wide spectrum of audiences through the production of timeless content and extraordinary live events.

With a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, the Mass Communications graduate of the University of New Orleans launched a lucrative business that not only entertains audiences but identifies, creates, and develops platforms where entertainment can be marketed and consumed.

Jackyron W. Newman has strategically positioned himself to revolutionize today’s event and digital landscape by means of his extensive professional expertise and business acumen. With the impending launch of JW Newman Enterprises’ signature events, Pitch Me NOLA & Vintage Vibes, Jackyron is set to soar to unbelievable heights as an industry insider, global business leader and entertainment mogul.  Click here to visit his website to learn more.  

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Purple Knights News · Get your Tickets now! St. Aug Spring Band Concert


You’re invited to the St. Augustine High School Spring Band Concert

A Knight at the Cinema

featuring special guests:

Jessica Harvey and The Difference
and
Jada Tanner
Friday, May 5, 2017
7 p.m.

Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall
Loyola University New Orleans Communications/Music complex
6363 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Finance Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: Noon – 5 p.m.

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Purple Knights News · St. Aug Second Line Band & Leah Chase help celebrate new exhibition at NOMA


The St. Augustine High School Second Line Band performed at a celebration of the New Orleans Museum of Art’s new exhibit, New at NOMA: Recent Acquisitions in Modern and Contemporary Art.” The event honored New Orleans chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah Chase. Chase catered the reception to welcome a newly acquired group of works by emerging and underrepresented contemporary artists on Thursday, March 9.

Courtesy of the New Orleans Museum of Art:

In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah Chase, the New Orleans Museum of Art will premiere New at NOMA: Recent Acquisitions in Modern and Contemporary Art, on view from March 10 – October 1, 2017. Through a dedicated fund created by NOMA and funded by members of the New Orleans community to honor Chase on her 90th birthday, NOMA has acquired a group of new works by emerging and underrepresented contemporary artists that honor Chase’s lifelong commitment to art and culture of the South, and strong legacy of political activism and engagement.

New at NOMA: Recent Acquisitions in Modern and Contemporary Art highlights dedicated new acquisitions by McArthur Binion, Leonardo Drew and Mildred Thompson. These works join other recent acquisitions by artists like LaToya Ruby Frazier, The Propeller Group, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, Dan Tague and Carrie Mae Weems, among others, to offer vital new perspectives on pressing issues in contemporary art and culture.

“These acquisitions reflect NOMA’s commitment to bringing exciting new voices in contemporary art to the New Orleans community. Bringing together the work of both locally and nationally recognized artists, this exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to make New Orleans part of a national art conversation,” says Katie A. Pfohl, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at NOMA.

One of the Crescent City’s most revered figures, Leah Chase is the recipient of countless awards and honors for both her culinary achievements and her efforts during the Civil Rights Movement. Chase has run the kitchen at New Orleans’ famous Dooky Chase’s Restaurant since 1946, where patrons can enjoy world-class soul food among one of the most celebrated personal collections of African-American art.

“Leah Chase believes that art should be relatable, accessible, and uplifting.” says Susan Taylor, Montine Daniel Freeman Director at NOMA. “We’re thrilled to showcase these acquisitions in her name in NOMA’s Frederick R. Weisman Gallery for Louisiana Art and Helis Gallery, and in doing so, celebrate Leah’s long-standing commitment to living artists and their work.”

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Purple Knights News · Rex and St. Augustine High School: Celebrating 50 years


This Carnival the past will meet the present when members of the 1967 St. Augustine High School Marching 100 band will join the members of the Rex Organization highlighting the 50-year partnership between Rex and St. Augustine High School.

The Rex Calliope Float in this year’s Rex parade will include 20 members of the 1967 Marching 100, who 50 years ago, were in the first African-American group to participate in the Rex parade. The Calliope float will roll right in front of the Marching 100. The 1967 band members will throw 10,000 specially created commemorative cups marking the anniversary of this occasion.

On Tuesday, February 21, Rex representatives welcomed members of the 1967, Marching 100 to the Rex den to tour the facility and see the custom designed, commemorative cups that the band members will throw on Mardi Gras Day. Cleland Powell, a representative of the Libby Defour Fund, who assisted in the purchase of the cups, attended the event and extended his best wishes to the band members for a great ride on Mardi Gras Day.

“This is a very important milestone for St. Augustine, Rex and the City of New Orleans,” said Kenneth A. St. Charles, Ph.D., President and CEO of St. Augustine High School.  “As members of the band we were always taught that we could compete with anyone and the fact that the band was chosen to integrate the Rex parade validated that. And we always felt pride that we led the way for all the other bands,” St. Charles added.

“Mardi Gras is a tremendously unifying event and we don’t stop and think of all the ways we are brought together as a community but certainly this has been one enduring way we have all been brought together,” Christy Brown, Rex Organization Captain said.

For 50 years the St. Augustine High School Marching 100 has been on hand to celebrate Mardi Gras, pump up the crowd and to represent the school with pride and zeal all Carnival season long. The band has since performed for several U.S. presidents, for Pope John Paul II, the Rose Bowl and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades, and for several Super Bowls.

See below to view a video of the event filmed and edited by St. Augustine Student Film Crew members Jalen Hinton, Tavis Smith, and Angelo Aubry.  

Click here to view more photos of the event.

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Purple Knights News · Marching 100 member appears in NCIS: New Orleans


A bright star in the making. St. Augustine eighth-grade honor student, member of the Marching 100, and child actor Zailand Adams recently appeared on the New Orleans-filmed drama series NCIS: New Orleans.

Zailand’s acting skills and musical talent were on display in the “Music To My Ears” season 3, episode 8, that aired on Tuesday, December 6 on CBS. Zailand played Dustin Matthews, a child who witnessed the murder of his aunt, a Petty Officer and member of the United States Navy Band.

Zailand can also be seen in the movie “Get Out” as young Chris, the CBS TV series “Zoo” and several Lunchables commercials and print advertisements.

Photos: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Zailand Adams as Dustin Matthews, NCIS: New Orleans | Photo Credits: Skip Bolen/CBS

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"Music To My Ears" -- After a Petty Officer and member of the prestigious United States Navy Band is murdered in her home, Pride takes temporary custody of the victim's nephew who is the sole witness to the crime, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Zailand Adams as Dustin Matthews Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
“Music To My Ears” — After a Petty Officer and member of the prestigious United States Navy Band is murdered in her home, Pride takes temporary custody of the victim’s nephew who is the sole witness to the crime, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Zailand Adams as Dustin Matthews Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
"Music To My Ears" -- After a Petty Officer and member of the prestigious United States Navy Band is murdered in her home, Pride takes temporary custody of the victim's nephew who is the sole witness to the crime, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Zailand Adams as Dustin Matthews Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
“Music To My Ears” — After a Petty Officer and member of the prestigious United States Navy Band is murdered in her home, Pride takes temporary custody of the victim’s nephew who is the sole witness to the crime, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Zailand Adams as Dustin Matthews Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
"Music To My Ears" -- After a Petty Officer and member of the prestigious United States Navy Band is murdered in her home, Pride takes temporary custody of the victim's nephew who is the sole witness to the crime, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Zailand Adams as Dustin Matthews Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
“Music To My Ears” — After a Petty Officer and member of the prestigious United States Navy Band is murdered in her home, Pride takes temporary custody of the victim’s nephew who is the sole witness to the crime, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Zailand Adams as Dustin Matthews Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Purple Knights News · St. Augustine Honors Edwin Harrell Hampton, Beloved Bandmaster


St. Augustine High School recently announced that its music center will be named in honor of Edwin Harrell Hampton, legendary bandmaster, founder of the Marching 100 and dedicated St. Augustine employee of fifty-seven years.  The Edwin Harrell Hampton Music Center dedication represents a historic milestone for the Marching 100, and for St. Augustine, a school with a 65-year legacy of excellence in music education.

“Mr. Hampton’s emphasis on excellence and discipline is at the heart of St. Augustine High School and the music program he envisioned and was instrumental in building,” said Justin Augustine, St. Augustine High School Board Chairman and student of Hampton. “For more than five decades, Mr. Hampton encouraged young African American musicians to have pride and integrity in everything, and through his leadership, the band achieved national recognition,” Augustine added.

Under Mr. Hampton’s influence, the school’s music program embraced both classical and contemporary training, added military discipline, provided students with practical hands-on experience, presented concerts, and was the first African-American band to desegregate New Orleans Mardi Gras parades. During his tenure, the renowned Marching 100, became a fixture in parades, serving as cultural ambassadors for the City of New Orleans.

“My father was a dedicated and devoted band director, with a special ability to connect with students — encouraging them to be the best they could be, both in the band and as individuals. He always told his students to put their best foot forward, he meant on the marching field as well as in life,” said Tamara Hingle, Edwin Hampton’s daughter. “St. Aug was my father’s mission in life, he would’ve been humbled and honored to have the music center named for him.”

The naming echoes the impact Mr. Hampton has had on the growth and development of St. Augustine High School’s Marching 100, which he established in 1960, nine years after the school opened.

“The center reflects the tremendous loyalty former students have for the music program and the universal admiration and respect Mr. Hampton has among those who learned from him,” said Oyd Craddock, St. Augustine High School President and CEO.

A further tribute to Mr. Hampton is the $500,000 renovation planned for the 5,000 square foot music center.  It will update the existing rehearsal/lecture hall, practice rooms, and offices, and add studios equipped for sound engineering and music production.

From left to right: Fr. Henry Davis SSJ, Oyd Craddock '76, Tamara Hingle, and Justin Augustine '76
From left to right: Fr. Henry Davis SSJ, Oyd Craddock ’76, Tamara Hingle, and
Justin Augustine ’76

 

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Purple Knights News · Presenting your 2016 – 17 Marching 100 Drum Majors


NEW ORLEANS – August 4, 2016 – The St. Augustine High School Marching 100, under the direction of Director of Bands, Eddie Williams ’87, announced the selection of the drum majors and section leaders for the 2016-17, academic year. St. Augustine seniors Daylen Briant, Chandler Cyres, Adam Landry Jr., Joseph Mirabin and alternate Tyriq Sims were selected from a candidate pool of more than seven Marching 100 drum major applicants.

 

“The position of drum major in the Marching 100 has a long legacy of service and student leadership,” said Eddie Williams. “I know these students cherish that tradition and will strive to add to it as they serve next year.”

 

Drum major candidates endure months of training, and a grueling audition that includes a demonstration of basic baton techniques, whistle commands and conducting skills. Final candidates must tough academic requirements, submit an essay, demonstrate traditional Marching 100 Drum Major visual elements, and conduct the band in various selections, and drills.

 

“We are thrilled with the depth of musical knowledge, professionalism, and commitment of the students who are leading the Marching 100 this year,” said Sean J. Goodwin ‘95, Principal of St. Augustine High School. “Their talents ensure that the Marching 100 will continue its unparalleled tradition of excellence.”

 

A committee of band directors and band alumni make the final selection following a round of interviews. The band director makes the announcement and passes along the honor and responsibility to lead the Marching 100 in the next academic year at the summer band camp.

 

“Membership in the Marching 100 is extremely demanding, physically, and requires tremendous endurance,” Williams said. “Our drum majors are leaders and they must perform at an even higher level.” The St. Aug Marching 100 is known for their high-stepping style, musical repertoire ranging from Top 40 hits to classical marching band literature, and cutting-edge choreography.
2016– 2017 Marching 100 Drum Majors:

 

Daylen Briant is a four-year band member serving as on the Marching 100 Color Guard.
“I am excited to contribute to the Marching 100 as one of its drum majors,” said Briant. “It’s an honor and a privilege to help lead such a prestigious organization.”

 

Chandler Cyres, Alto, Tenor Sax, and Clarinet, is a six-year band member. Cyres is also a member of the St. Augustine Brass Band, the Roots of music.

 

“Through all my time in the band, I’ve always strived to be the best musician, marcher, and leader,” said Cyres. “Today that hard work has paid off and I am so proud of this moment.”

 

Adam Landry Jr., Baritone, is a fiver-year band member and serves as a Camp Pelican counselor.

 

“Earning the drum major position is a blessing. I plan on leading the band to the best of my abilities and pushing them to be the best,” said Adam Landry.

 

Joseph Mirabin, clarinet, is in his seventh year as a Marching 100 member. Mirabin is also a member of the National Honors Society and is involved in Campus Ministry.

 

“I am deeply blessed and humbled to be selected as a drum major for the distinguished Marching 100,” Mirabin said. “It is my goal to enhance the legacy of the legendary Edwin Hampton. I am honored to have the opportunity to be a leader and representative of St. Augustine High School.”

 

Joining the four drum majors in leading the Marching 100:

 

Tyriq Sims, senior – Drum major alternate

 

Thaddeus Sterling, senior – Band Captain

Prince Jones, senior – Band Captain

 

Daequan Coleman, senior – Tuba section leader

Rondell Hall, freshman – Assistant Tuba section leader

 

Gregory Cyres, sophomore – Trumpet section leader

Brandon Williams, junior – Assistant Trumpet section leader

 

Cameron Parker, sophomore – Mello section leader

Aaron Cazeno, senior – Assistant Mello section leader

 

Thaddeus Sterling, senior – Baritone section leader

 

Jean Paul Willard, junior – Woodwind section leader

Irvin Washington, junior – Assistant woodwind section leader

 

Djuan Tabb and Dorian Jones, junior – Drums section leaders

Devin Dunbar, senior – Drums assistant section leader

 

Prince Jones, senior – Trombone section leader


About St. Augustine High School:
Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, St. Augustine High School is the training ground for leadership through academic excellence, moral values, Christian responsibility and reasonable, consistent discipline.

 

 

 

 

 

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Purple Knights News · Marching 100 Summer Band Camp


The world famous St. Augustine High School Marching 100 is composed of highly dedicated and motivated students with the desire to strive for a high-impact musical and visual performance at all times.

The Marching 100 has one of the most vigorous marching band schedules. In order to help students prepare for the rigors of the Marching 100 experience, new and current band members are invited to attend the 2016/2017 summer band camp.

Summer band camp is designed to help students improve in the areas of musicianship, physical fitness, endurance, social interaction, team building, coordination, leadership, and discipline.

Band camp begins on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at 8 a.m. Camp is from 8 a.m. to noon for the first three days. Beginning Monday, July 11, practice extends to a 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule. This camp will continue through the beginning of school.

Uniform:

  • Underclassmen should wear purple shorts, white t-shirts, comfortable tennis shoes with white socks.
  • Seniors should wear gold t-shirts, purple shorts, comfortable tennis shoes with white socks.
  • Each student should wear sunscreen and a hat to keep the sun out of the eyes and face. A towel may also help with sweat.

Dietary precautions: 

  • Students must eat a hearty breakfast every morning  (no milk, cereal, or any dairy).
  • The days are hot and camp is packed full of outdoor physical training. Students should drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Drink water before going to sleep at night.
  • Students will sweat a lot at band camp. Each student should bring plenty of water to consume during outdoor physical training. A large thermos of water will work.
    Important note: Do not bring water bottles filled with carbonated sodas or sugar drinks (kool-aid, juicy juice), it will just make things worse. Water is best.  
  • Lunch is 11 a.m. to noon. Students should bring lunch or money to purchase lunch.

At the end of summer camp 96 band members are selected for the field, halftime shows, so attendance is monitored closely. No spots are guaranteed. If a student does not make the 96 for the field, is does not mean that they didn’t make the band.  If a student can make it through the camp he will make the band.

Members of the Marching 100 have a tremendous experience on several levels. Band membership provides students with the opportunity to perform in a high-quality ensemble and are challenged both musically and physically.

Band camp is challenging, but students will find that there is something fun about working hard and seeing the results of that hard work… and being very proud of his accomplishments. The band directors are excited about the year ahead and are looking forward to welcoming our new members and seeing our band veterans again.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions please email Eddie Williams, director of bands at EWilliamsJR@PurpleKnights.com.

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